As many will know, I regularly enter the Societies Monthly competition and it is how I've been able to win my awards these past 2 years. Each month we have the opportunity to submit images online. We're allowed to enter one image per category. The aim for us photographers is to have images that are awarded Gold because these images will go forward to be judged in the end of year categories. In the region of 13000 images are entered throughout the year from photographers around the world so it is a big deal to me to be selected as having one of the few best images. And of course knowing that there is a chance I will win a proper award (by proper I mean Photographer of the Year for my category) makes doing the work I do so much more exciting.
Hopefully this year will see a few more of these.