"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them." -Mark Twain
Everyone likes recognition for a job well done. I believe the worst award to receive is one in which you pay and submit your own work for recognition.
If the award is that important and significant it should take nothing on your part to get it. As I look around my room, my awards were given from the heart by people and organizations who took notice of a job well done.
The greatest honor is for a perfect stranger to allow me into their home to tell their story. JMD