It is not necessary to be a professional photographer in order to participate in different photo contests. You can easily become a participant of some competitions of this kind and use them as an opportunity to reveal your talent to the world and enter a new stage of the development of your photo skills. Here are some contests you can take part in for a start.
“Photography in the Park” contest organized by Canon requires from you to take a shot of any US park or monument. The image should no be Photoshopped or present the images of people. You can post up to ten photos and then the judges will select the best of them for public voting. The first prize is Canon equipment which costs thousands of dollars. You have an opportunity to share your works till the 30th of September.
Everyone would probably want to take beautiful and high quality photos but it may be difficult to make a good shot at once. If you want to take the pictures that will make the others surprise and cause the wish to save them as wallpapers? The things are easier than they may seem to be at the fist sight. Here are some tip that will help you to improve your skills in photography.
Take as many photos as possible. Carry around your camera and shoot everything you find beautiful, interesting of funny. The more photos you take the more mistakes and defects on them you will see. This practice may give you more knowledge that any professional photographer.