That is a good question, isn’t it? 🙂
As always, things are not completely black and white… It depends on what you’re after or in which development phase you find yourself. And it depends which kind of contests.
I have just entered this image above to an Instagram challenge. Free and fun! But there is such an amazing high number of phot contests of various types available on all possible platforms!
So it it worth it to invest your time in competitions? Guess what… I made a list again!
they help you evaluate your work
they help you improve your work
they give you better insight into what kind of photography exists around you
they teach you the dos and don’ts of the industry
they can give you a motivation boost
they give you exposure
they are fun, at least for a while
they tend to cost if they come with big prizes
they don’t really provide you with an income. I guess it’s not impossible but not very likely
they only give you serious exposure if you’re a top photographer
they lose appeal if you participate in too many
they take time away from the actual shooting
So what do you think? Have you entered any of the competitions here? Would you recommend any other?