Our local Conventions [Genghis Con and Tacticon] have a group that runs the miniature painting competitions and award based on what level of technique and skill you show, not just 1st, 2nd and 3rd. If you show promise, you get a sheet with notes about what you need to work on and suggestions about techniques to work on. If you are of a high enough level of skill you get a Bronze, Silver or Gold Medal. So, I worked really hard and did my best and got a Silver with this figure:
I am very proud.