Photography competitions - they are great to boost your confidence and push you to face and accept new challenges. I have been entering competitions on a regular basis to achieve exactly that, set myself new boundaries and improve my skills. I believe there is never a time to stop learning, one can always get better!
Last year, I was so busy at some point that I did not have the time to enter competitions anymore. I did so at the beginning of the year but then, I was overwhelmed with work and my business had to take priority. So, this year, I set myself the goal to enter every month (if I can discipline myself). I am planning on setting a few shots up to create competition images and will look for children as well as grown up models throughout the year. So keep your eyes and ears open, anyone taking part will receive images in return for their time.
Since I am a member of the Guild of Photographers, I usually enter their competitions. For January, I entered three images and won an award for all three of them! I am pretty happy with that. Now fingers crossed for the next month :-)