Hi all, I've been pondering the benefits of contesting, as it seems integral to our movement. Of the contests I've been to, I've always been overwhelmed with the quality of the musicianship, but when it comes to announcing the prizes, their value just doesn't ever seem to reflect the level of skill and effort of the bands. For example, one contest I went to (admittedly only 4th section) the first prize was a palty £150. To be honest, I don't think it even covered the petrol to get the band to the venue! Any views?