Ailsa bless her heart contacted me the day after I turned 50. It was the best birthday present a person could have at a depressing milestone age. I am still awestruck she asked me to submit some images for consideration. Beginners do have a chance.
Its a great feeling, just being asked is fun.....
It gets even better when you see the work in print.
As for turning 50, I haven't gotten there yet.
But as long as your making images then your as young as your work.