To be sure, most contests are for generating revenue for the organization through submission fees - and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. But be aware that you can spend plenty of money on contests and walk away with little to show for it.
|"Pause on the Stairs" took First Place |
in a contest in California
Honestly, I rarely submit my images to contests. That said, there are a few criteria I look for when I do submit. Highest on my list is the juror(s). Is it someone I respect and want the chance to show my work to. Also important is whether my project fits into the theme or focus of the contest. A distant third down the list is the prize. Cash awards are great, but equally so is the chance to show my work to a respected audience.
So it's up to you. Even it you don't win anything there is a lot to be said for the process of trying.