Sadly I didn't stumble upon the contest until today:/ I'm looking for some decent ones, are there any others? I know there are, but for me it's been difficult especially since I am 16...not 18... Best of luck to everyone who entered!
When I see it open I think to myself, "Maybe, I should?". Then I take one look at the winners and runners up from the previous year, realise I don't have a snowball in Hell's chance of even getting past the first round and tell myself, "Maybe next year when my stuff improves!".
Actually most competitions don't. Most people enter photos in most competitions that they have already taken. How you do in the competition does not make you improve because you are submitting work you might have done ten years ago. For instance, if I were entering this, I'd probably tweak and submit a certain photo I took back in 1998, because it already won some awards and it would have the best chance of winning. Now if they assigned you a subject to take photos of, and did not accept your old photos, that might help you improve.