A lot of photo "competitions" seem to just be ways of getting free use of images.
Ain't this the truth. My mom entered a Jekyll Island photo contest, and to her surprise, she was picked for publication in the "best of" Jekyll Island book, plus they enlarged the photos and made them into canvases to put up on the walls of the new convention center at Jekyll. My Mom told me she felt honored, however, to the rest of us photographers, we already know the real scam here. The competitions prey on people that just want their published somewhere to feel "honored". In return, the competition gets tons of free photos, and in this case, photos for a best of Jekyll book, in which they are selling for $25-$30 a pop. What's in honor in that?