When someone lectures you about copyright, valuing your work, not giving it away for free, competitions are worthless, blah, blah, blah...we are only on this planet once, so have a go, get your work out there and don't be a prisoner to your hard drive. If someone enjoys your work - savour that moment - that is the legacy to enjoy.
A few years ago, on a holiday to Bergamo, Italy, the local tourist board hosted a photo competition and with mage I was lucky enough to win a holiday for two, the following year. The following year, I entered again and my image won a wristwatch.
It's easy to get sniffy about your copyrighted photo rights, but truth is my legacy is not to be a rich, celebrity in-demand photographer but I can rightfully claim (with tongue in cheek) to be an international award winning photographer
I've dined out on that title a few times, let me tell you!):-