Just under three months ago I started entering FIAP salons. These salons are basically photo competitions in which a certain percentage of the entered images are ‘accepted’, and a smaller percentage again are awarded medals. So it’s an very satisfying to have an image accepted.
From Wikipedia: FIAP is the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique, (Eng. The International Federation of Photographic Art), and is an international organization of national associations of photography. More than 85 national associations are members, comprising nearly one million individual photographers.