Well, I entered 5 pictures in the Tri-State Fair this last weekend and they finally did the judging. They had about 300 color prints and 70 B&W prints in the adult amateur division to the best of my counting. I ended up getting a 3rd place in the color division and 2 honorable mentions (they gave about 20 or so honorable mentions). One color print did nothing, but it was a small 5x7, and no 5x7's did anything. I got an honorable mention in the B&W (5x7--see "Ivy after the Storm"--should have made it an 8x12 ), of which they only gave a 1st place (I couldn't find 2nd and 3rd and neither could anyone else with us???) and 6 HM's. So I didn't do too bad. I think I won 10% of the total entry fees in the color division for the 3rd place, which should be around $150. The pic that took 2nd in the color was a very good one of an old truck in the field (cliche I know, but it was quite nice and better than mine), but the one that got first I didn't think was anything special, not any better than mine, but it was also a nice print. Not bad, considering all but one were some of the very first pics (the one I got 3rd place with was about the 35th) I took with the new Nikon D40 and kit lens. Gives me encouragement to get some better glass and take some more trips to better scenic locations. The pro division was a complete letdown for me. All portraits of course, most of them senior or wedding pics--snooze......... There were a couple that were quite outstanding portraits--reminded me of some of the good Nat'l Geo pics. There were only 5 pics that weren't portraits for the landscape division, and only one of them that was any good at all. The other four looked like some of the snapshots my 10 year old has taken. In fact some of her's were alot better.