The Big Fresno Fair Photography Exhibit wants your pictures! Submit your pictures early, so they can be displayed in the fair’s Photography Exhibit. The Big Fresno Fair has deadlines, and submission rules. You can find the complete book at their web site, FresnoFair.com. Click on Competitive Exhibits, under Departments, to Photography. That same page also has the entry form you can download, fill out, and take in, or a link to enter online. You decide on what you are going to enter, fill out the entry form, submit it, and the next week, you will take your entries to the fair grounds.
The deadline for turning in your entry form is September 11th. The photographs will need to be mounted on foam board, and matted. You can have this done at a local photography store, Allards, Michaels, or do it yourself. It is quite easy, and much less expensive than having it done.
Mount your photos
Find your mats at any store that carries them, the afore mentioned stores all have mats of various colors. Cut your foam board with a special foam board blade, to the mat size. The most common size is 11×14, that fits an 8×10 photograph. Glue them all together, add a hang tag on the back, and you have your entry.
Take your mounted photos to the Fair Grounds
The actual photograph entries are due from September 15th through the 17th. Wednesday the 15th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, and Thursday and Friday, the 16th and 17th, the times you can take your entries is from 9:00am to 7:00pm. They are judged Saturday the 18th, starting at 9:00am. It’s also fun to drive onto the fairgrounds while all the other exhibits are yet to be completed. Enter at the Chance Avenue Gate 2 entrance, and drive around to the Photography building. There is a map online if you’re not familiar with the fairgrounds. You are welcome to go Saturday, to see which photos are picked to be displayed on the winner’s board during the fair. All photos submitted are usually displayed, unless they don’t meet the fair standards:
“The Big Fresno Fair reserves the right to exclude any entry which is not in the best interest of the Fair and reserves the right to disqualify any exhibitor(s) who conducts themselves in an inappropriate manner or who enters in an inappropriate Division, without discussion or justification.”
Yes, there are awards too!
The Fresno Fair awards ribbons and trophies for various categories. Best of show wins $100. Two Judge’s Choice Awards each win $50. Other categories win ribbons and/or trophies. Be sure to enter, and vote for your favorite pics, and tell all your friends to be sure to stop by the Photography Exhibit. They can also vote for their favorite photos. There is also a “People’s Choice Award” and a “Children’s Choice Award”, so be sure to stop by the docents counter, by the entrance, before you leave.
It’s a fun exhibit, with many different categories, all separated for viewing. You will see some amazing photos at your local fair, go see your photos, or be inspired to enter next year.