Contests or photo challenges are a great opportunity for photographers to have their works exposed to a greater number of people, and depending on the quality and composition of the photograph, being approved by the judges, the photographer can make good money. There are many sites that offer photographers the opportunity to expose their photos and earn money from them by participating in a variety of challenges. Right here at Steemit we have the Steemit Photo Challenge which is a great opportunity to have your work recognized in the community and still earn some SBD (Steem Dollar).
In addition, in the virtual world we have great sites in the web that launch periodic challenges, where participants can level up according to their final position in the challenges and this is quite motivating. Photo challenges are great for photographers to take with each test, improve their techniques and improve their photos in each click.Despite the benefits of professional recognition and the possibility of making lots of money by participating in challenges or photo contests, I personally (and professionally) do not constructively see this way of publicizing or exposing a photographic work.
As I said in other editions of my photographic reflections, what attracts me to photography is the fact that this activity is an "individualist" profession, where for the same object, person or landscape we have thousands of photographers, each one with their vision and that they will capture that image according to their perspectives. I think it's clueless for a person (in this case, a competition jury) who is not in the photographer's mind, to understand why he captured that image, and why he deserves to win or lose that prize, contest, or money.
Of course, in photography we have criteria to define if a photo follows the basic standards of photography, such as focus, exposure, speed and sensitivity, as well as the rule of thirds and other rules ("dogmas") to be followed in the photographic composition that is the basic to be presented by who defines himself as a photographer. But, beauty is something subjective, that is, what may be beautiful for me, may not be for you and who judge them, as I said above, don't know and were not present at the moment the photographer captured that image that is in the photo of that contest. For me, any kind of judgment about a photographic work is unfair.