Look at this situation easier, did what I could, and like it or not, this is always the second thing, because nothing will ever be perfect, there will always be dissatisfied. If the organizers of the competition made a mistake in something, then you, even if you did not win the competition, won the fight with yourself and did something that you did not do before and at the same time got a result with skills. I made my own mix and put it out without much hope, but with pleasure and with results, and this is quite a lot.
In an argument, the winner is not the one who has proved his case, but the one who has lost. The first only shared knowledge and got satisfaction from the victory, but did not really gain anything, and the second, the loser, actually won, because he got new knowledge and new opportunities. 😉