This guide serves a few main purposes:
1) To give a quick glance over the types of competitions, different systems of selecting of winners and to some extent, chances of winning.
2) To highlight Copyright related issues with regards to competition
3) To assist the photographer to make an informed decision
This guide is NOT a how to win competitions. So steer clear if you think it will teach you how to win.
Do feel free to mention where is lacking and what other things could be added on, which i will add on to the first few posts if required.