Why do we enter competitions?

What is the value in entering competitions?

When entering are we following trends to win; is it not better to be artistically true to oneself?

Should we go our own way and follow our own path, and along it hope we can create something competition worthy?

Is it not more satisfying to be a trend setter than a trend follower?

I think so… but perhaps the value in entering competitions is not the glory, the money or the status, but the outreach… having millions see your work, and your message. Perhaps that is the key and the real driver for entering competitions? I would love to hear peoples thoughts below.

I myself have only entered on and off with some success, but I don’t think that should define my success as a photographer. My ultimate aim is that someone somewhere will see my images and be inspired to protect that is dear to me and all wildlife photographers.