Now, let's revisit #11 above. I recently received a note from Andrew Belyavskiy who runs a blog aptly named PhotoCompete.com that keeps tract of most, if not all of the photo competitions taking place around the country and on the Internet.
Enter those competitions that interest you and they will help keep you skills sharp, your creative mind alert, and may give you some "bragging rights" and maybe some $$$ if you win. As of today, PhotoCompete is showing 54 active competitions with 19 to expire soon. Check out PhotoCompete right here.