Some time ago when I was starting on G+ I enter in various online activities. Back then there were several initiatives to promote sharing and discovering of skillful photo artist.
I participated in quite a few and got my 5 minutes of honorable mention on this one:
John Batdroff organized a B&W contest back in 2011, I submitted this picture and got an honorable mention. Looking back at it I realize how important all of this was for me and how much it helped me to concentrate in learning more, experiment more and share more.
When I took that picture I was still a tourist shooter. But starting to look for, and seeing things a bit different. Results where mostly by intuition and happy mistakes.
But then G+ came along and changed everything setting me on a new journey.