What is your opinion on competitions?
I have very mixed feelings about competitions. You never really know what the judges are looking for and often it seems like they pick totally crap images as winners. So I enter competitions in a very scattershot way and don’t sweat the results too much.
The other thing you have to be really careful about these days is that many contests are put on by companies as a thinly-veiled way to get free access to images to be used in advertising. Always read the fine print of any contest you enter because it’s far too easy to have some company grab the rights to your image with the fine print in their contest rules then use that photo in some huge ad campaign without paying you a dime for it.