I would agree. I entered a couple of competitions. I did get a little upset when a staff member received a mention in dispatches. Also DOP seems to rear it's ugly head. "Oh thats a nice shot, down to the store for a a4 or a3 print. Maybe a little shop work before hand." I did get satisfaction though at one, The judge went " well well well how very nice,However nothing for you, you don't work here." A visitor walked in and selected my two works and parted with a thousand dollars just like that....
I only wish to do displays at galleries now. Hard to start with. However internet allows you to stay in touch with past customers.
Hope this helps