Every month there are several competitions in astrophotography (DSLR, CCD, Beginner, Sketching). I entered 2 images...
In the "object of the month" challenge, my NGC 1333 won
And in the Group Challenge (a sort of "best of" from all the categories), my M42 won
Cloudy Nights is a great forum and resource for the aspiring astronomer and/or astrophotographer. The competitions are friendly and fun, with bragging rights and a t-shirt the ultimate reward. Plus, the winner gets to pick the next "object of the month". It is a great way to challenge yourself and work on your skills, as well as see other folk's take on a similar object.
My M42 photo will appear on the Cloudy Nights homepage next month : )