How useful are contests in terms of marketing your self? I just recently read a thread that i cant find the address anymore. In the thread two senior members(dont remenber names excpet for their forum avatar seemed like a flying fish person and an old lady with a monocular replied that contests are pretty useless for marketing. but doesnt contests get you noticed and the drive to create work for your portfolio. I mean people see your art in contests such as Chow and Cow the participants dont get any prizes except for that green thing for winning(or i dont think) and not alot of employers look in there but you get noticed by people therefore building a network and therefore getting you noticed more. Also you have a topic from contests to create art for and a reason to do the work and there by building your portfolio. So why would contests be useless for marketing as mentioned by those two members? if you think there are other reasons that contests that are useful please post.