If you're a photographer and artist like me, you will enter certain competitions based on everything from geography (will it be inexpensive enough to ship work there?) to who's jurying the show (O, a curator from MOMA? Might be good for her to see my work!). I guess it also depends upon the theme of the show and whether one has any work that seems to speak to that theme.
Joe Nalven, one of the founding fathers of the Digital Arts Guild and the Digital Fine-Arts Yahoo groups, along with fellow photographer David Lenhert addressed the subject in a recent post on Lenhert's blog.
I still don't know if they have the answers to this age old conundrum. It could just be that each juror for each show has different aesthetic and emotional values. But we keep guessing and sometimes winning!
Here's a pano from my recent trip to Port Clyde.... more later