Scott, you'll make better progress if you quickly put it behind you and move on. My question is, have the "judges" organised by MCC (AIPP or AAPP, if the former, what is it??) received professional training in the Arts or just sauntering in and making passive, value-based ramblings about what they see, without any applied technical or visual or aesthetic analysis? The last thing people in analog photographic practice want is a Kyle Sandilands on a bourbon bender.
Gary the typical photography judge I have been seeing lately is "Kyle Sandilands on a bourbon bender"
They don't even see that the photo is on RC or fiber photographic paper.