Don’t worry about being better than anybody you know personally or whose work you admire. Simply try to be better tomorrow than you were yesterday. You are not so much in competition with others as you are with yourself. Be your own toughest critic. Show only your best and develop your self-editing abilities so you know just what your best is.

Advice from Bill Allard as he explains on how he became a National Geographic photographer. I suspect we’ve all gone through this feeling of not liking ones own work and the times I’ve done it, I can’t recall anything good ever coming from it. The consequence of it can go either way. You’re either inspired to challenge yourself more or you’re completely unmotivated to continue pursuing the passion you thought you had towards photography. If you choose the latter than you were probably never passionate about it in the first place.