I recently joined a photography competition website, called I Shot It. It's a great way to explore new things and be inspired, because they have a lot of contests open at any time on various subjects. The images range from amateur to professional, which makes it that much more interesting and accessible. Keep in mind though that you have to pay a fee for each photograph that you submit. That's a good thing, because it makes you think twice during the selection process, thus improving the overall quality. The winner of each contest gets recognition, a money prize and most of the time some great Leica gear.
Today I am glad to report that one of my images received an award of excellence. Unfortunately I did not win 1st prize, but the recognition is quite a motivator in its own right. Be sure to check out the winning picture by clicking the badge!