While hoping to win the contest, I was really more interested in getting feedback on my mix.
It may sound crazy, but I was nervous about entering the contest and worried I had dropped a big bomb.
Instead I received intelligent and well deserved criticism. Some of it was personal taste, but they also indicated that was the reason for their critique.
I took every critique and made a new mix that incorporated it as well a mix that contained all of the suggestions.
I really learned a lot from the contest and feel it has allowed me to mature in my hobby, but it also made me realize just what a talented community I have found.