In some respects it might be easier to win with a mead. The human palate generally loves sweet. As we know, some of the flavors in beer can be acquired tastes. Since the majority of meads are also higher alcohol than the average homebrew, they have that advantage too.
But it will also be region-specific. A mead entered in, say, St Paul, is going to be going against some seriously talented meadmakers. Just any average mead in a beer competition up there isn't going to impress.
I took the BN comments as just somewhat good natured ribbing. If you can make amazing mead I promise people don't think it is easy. And I also promise that people will drink every drop if you let them.
(source: am Master/Mead Judge)