just a thought to all wannabe Photogs, don't ever post your stuff for contests, unless it has a chance.
I personally am tired of going through galleries of hundreds of "fine art" photos, and finding that 90% of them to be personal family pics!
I suppose that it makes finding the "Gem" all the more exciting, but I think that really it is a waste of time.
sorry about this little rant...actually, I not sorry in the least...oh well...get over it...
P.S. just because you got to go to a foreign destination doesn't mean your pictures are any good!
P.P.S. if you want better pictures, take more, lots more.
P.P.P.S.Go digital for crying out loud.