I hope you read this comment! I was a professional Photographer for over 40 years with a studio doing Weddings Commercial and Portraits, over that time I photographed over 2,000 Weddings, when I retired I did not pick up a camera for over five years, even now I hate doing portraits, what brought me back into Photography? A friend dragged me kicking and screaming to a camera club, ended up Chairman, bought a digital and some lenses and for the last two years have not stopped photographing Landscapes, seascapes, and wildlife, my life now resolves around photography once again.
Photography is about sharing beautifull moments that you have captured and not about winning, hope this helps.
Your photo is exposed spot on in a difficult lighting situation, keep it up!