Nothing seems to be more fun than getting international attention with your photo work. But for that you need to do some work! One possibility is to send a contribution to the international contemporary photography competition Photo Levallois 2011. The first price is € 10.000 and you can be selected for the exposition during the Photo Levallois Festival in France in November 2011.
Your contributions may not have been published or exposed before. The jury will focus on the consistency in your portfolio. Exciting, so go for it!
You'll find communities and competitions here. Both are motiviting and inspiring. In some way participants form communities too ;)