Is there a Contest for Newbies anywhere? 'Cause I am a 91% nub, Clutching my Blender Manual (YES!!!) and hoping to do great things…
Nothing official, but try the Blender Battles site from the main page.
Start simple and build from there.
It’s good fun, when you’ve got the time.
The weekend challenge is where I started. Won the first I entered.
Blender wars/battles/world cup weren’t around then though, but enter all of them regardless of whether you think the theme difficult.
The more you try the better you will become.
Welcome to Blender.
also note that getting your point across is more important than drop dead graphics - newbies can win!