SEPTEMBER 10-20 2020
Utah State Fair

Photography Department

2020 PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT

Supervisor: Doug Sims

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PHOTOGRAPHS ACCEPTED:             

DAY DATE TIME
Thursday Sept. 3  10 am to 5 pm
Friday Sept. 4  10 am to 7 pm 
Saturday  Sept. 5  10 am to 5 pm 

PHOTOGRAPHS RELEASED:           

Monday Sept. 21 10 am to 7 pm
Tuesday Sept. 22 10 am to 2 pm

 

Prints not picked up on release date will be available at the Fair Administration Office for a limited time - OR - may be returned by mail to Exhibitor. Requests to return by mail must have the following:

  1. Envelope or Box in which prints will fit AND
  2. Self-addressed label AND 
  3. Correct Return Postage 

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY & COMPLETELY BEFORE COMPLETING FORMS, LABELS, & MOUNTING ENTRY

Exhibitors must read and abide by Living Arts General Rules

ENTRY INFORMATION: 

  1. All entries must be mounted on mounting board size specified in the class entered; excluding Class F - Fine Art. 
  2. Velcro will be applied on the back of the entry's mounting board by the photography department staff to hang Photographs on carpeted wall. 
  3. Prints which do not meet the exhibit, Fair or Community standards or rules, at the discretion of the Judges, Supervisor, or Fair management will not be displayed. This is regardless of whether or not the print was initially accepted. 

ENTRY CHARGE PER PHOTOGRAPH: FOR CLASS SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS - SEE INDIVIDUAL CLASS INSTRUCTIONS 

Class A  Professional $10.00 3 entries allowed
Class B  Advanced Amateur $8.00 3 entries allowed 
Class C  Amateur $7.00 3 entries allowed
Class D  Young Amateur  $4.00 3 entries allowed 
Class E Junior Amateur $4.00 3 entries allowed 
Class F  Fine Art $10.00 2 entries allowed**
Class G  Black & White  $10.00 2 entries allowed 
Class H  Cell Phone  $6.00 2 entries allowed 

**This count does not count against the total allowed for classes A through E. 
Entries Example: Up to 3 photographs may be entered in either Class A, or B, or C, or D, or E. Two entries may also be entered in each of Classes F, G, & H. Total number of photographs could be 3+2+2+2=9. 


MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

  1. Fair personnel will use care to secure the safety of entries after their arrival and placement in the exhibit. However, no responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen photographs, is assumed by the Fair, Department Supervisor, or staff. The Utah State Fair does not insure the photographs. 
  2. The Fair is not responsible for misuse of copyright by an exhibitor. 
  3. Fair personnel will do their best to screen entries during the entry check in process, ut it is ultimately the responsibility of the Exhibitor to ensure that each entry meets Size, Mounting and all other requirements. 
  4. There will be no refund for work that is accepted but later found to be unacceptable rather through content, presentation, or alignment with the rules. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Exhibitors must be legal residents, military or student residents of the State of Utah. 
  2. Photographs must be taken within five (5) years of the opening date of the current year Fair. 
  3. The original image must have been taken by the exhibitor using a film, slide or digital camera, or in Class H, a cell phone. 
  4. Photographs entered in a previous Utah State Fair may not be submitted. 

FOLLOW THE SPECIFIC CLASS DESCRIPTION INSTRUCTIONS ON "PRINT SIZE" AND "MOUNT BOARD" SIZE EXACTLY. 
There will be NO exceptions or refunds if your print is not accepted. 

PRINT SIZE & REQUIREMENTS: 

  1. No information is allowed on the front of the photograph or mat, including the exhibitor's signature. 
  2. Print size must be the specific size shown in Class Description. 
  3. Front mats are allowed only in Class F, Fine Art. 
  4. In Classes A through E, digital mats, if applied, must not be larger than the mounting board. 
  5. Prints may be coated with protective photographic lacquer or spray gloss. 
  6. All prints must be original and shall not include photographic elements produced by anyone else. 
  7. Processing and printing may be done commercially or by the Exhibitor. 
  8. Final print must be on photographic print material. 
    • Metal, wood, acrylic and canvas wrap are allowed only in Class F - Fine Art. 

MOUNTING BOARD REQUIREMENTS: (For all classes EXCEPT Class F - Fine Art)

  1. Mounting Board size must be the specific size listed in the Class Description. 
  2. Mounting Board must not be thicker than 1/4 inch. 
  3. Use only standard mat or foam core board. Foam core board presents better and is highly recommended. 
  4. No wood, Masonite, or corrugated cardboard will be accepted. 
  5. No framed, glass covered, or shrink-wrapped entries will be accepted. 
  6. No hanging devices or other protrusions allowed on back or front of entry, except Velcro from County Fairs. 

PRINT MOUNTING: (All classes EXCEPT Class F - Fine Art) 

  1. Print must be same size as mounting board. 
  2. Print must be permanently affixed to mounting board. DO NOT USE DOUBLE SIDED TAPE!
  3. Prints which fall off due to incorrect mounting will not be repaired, may not be judged & will be removed from the exhibit. There will be NO REFUND. 

JUDGING DATES: September 7&8 

QUESTION & ANSWER SESSIONS: On Friday, September 11 & Saturday, September 5, from 5 pm to 7 pm, one or more judges will be available to answer questions about placement and to give critique and offer pointers. On both nights from 7 pm to 8 pm there will be a brief presentation offered to explain the judging process and give pointers on taking award winning images. 

  1. Prizes will be awarded based on the Judges' evaluations of the following (not necessarily in this order): 
    • Photograph's Overall Presentation 
    • Printing & Mounting Quality
    • PHOTOGRAPHIC 
      (i) Technique (ii) Impact (iii) Subject Recognition
      (iv) Originality (v) Composition (vi) Other Pertinent Factors

      Note: The higher the Class, the more critical the judging will be. 

  2. If there is only one entry in a Lot, or if entries are not deemed worthy by the judges, ribbons and prize money may not be awarded. EXAMPLE: If there is not a first place, or second place quality entry in a lot, a third place ribbon may be awarded, even though first and second place ribbons were not awarded. 
  3. Prints which do not meet the Lot description may be moved to a more appropriate Lot at the discretion of the judges or department supervisor. 
  4. ALL decisions of the judges will be FINAL. 

RIBBONS & AWARDS: 

  1. An exhibitor is not eligible to receive more than one award in any one Lot. 
    • EXAMPLE: Exhibitor enters two photographs in the same Lot. Both entries were judged to win a ribbon and award. Only the highest ribbon and award judged will be given to the Exhibitor.
  2. It is highly recommended that entries be entered in different Lots. 
  3. Best of Show winners are not eligible to receive 1st place money and ribbon on the same entry. 

HOW TO ENTER: 
Click Here to Enter Online - Available July 6
Click Here for a printable Entry Form - Available July 6 

  1. Complete an entry form for each individual exhibitor. DO NOT put multiple people on one entry form. 
  2. Only 45 spaces are available to the print the photograph 'Title' on the identification label supplied by the Photography Department. List the 'Title" of your Photograph using no more than 45 total spaces. 
  3. SUBMISSION OF SIGNED ENTRY FORM, BY ANY MEANS INDICATES THE EXHIBITOR'S ACCEPTANCE OF ALL RULES AND CERTIFIES PHOTOGRAPHS AS THEIR OWN WORK. 
  4. Complete an Entry Form- 
    • Enter online; print, pay & mail a completed form with you entries or 
    • Complete & Print entry form, & submit your entries in person on specified dates or
    • Come into the Photography Department on specified dates & complete the entry form & submit entries. 
    • ENTRY FORM MUST BE SIGNED BY EXHIBITOR
  5. A self-sticking label or other similar labeling such as a marker with exhibitor's name, phone number & title of photograph should be placed on the back,top,center of the mounting board. This will help to identify the photograph and assist in hanging it right side up. 

LOT NUMBERS FOR CLASSES A THROUGH E ONLY:
1. Abstract 
2. Architecture and other manmade structures such as bridges, statues, etc. 
3. Flowers/Plants/Trees
4. Macro/Close Up 
5. Commercial/ Event
6. Industrial/Street Photography 
7. Action/Sports
8. Human Interest (evokes an emotion or tells a story)
9. Humor
10. Pets and Domestic Animals (horse, cow, sheep,etc.)
11. Portraits - Children and Babies 
12. Portraits - Individual/Couples/Family/Groups
13. Candid Portraits 
14. Wedding/Engagements/Bridals
15. Panorama, Scenic (8"x24" ONLY, across all classes)
16. Scenic/Landscape
17. Wildlife - In the Wild 
18. Wildlife - In Captivity
19. Composited Images (consisting of two or more images combined in post-production, collages accepted)
20. Long Exposure
21. Creative Art/Artistically Manipulated
22. Unclassified
23. Fair Theme "Go Pig or Go Home"

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

  1. Competition will be offered in the classes listed below.
  2. The Lots listed above apply to Classes A through E. 
  3. Class F, G and H will be judged as listed in their Class/Lot Description. 

CLASS A - PROFESSIONAL

Open to individuals, age 18 & over that are professional photographers or deem their work to be on par with such. 
Entry Charge: $10.00 per entry - Enter up to 3 prints. 
Print & Mount Board Size MUST BE - 16"x20" or 16"x24"

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
$40 $30 $20 $10

Best of Show: $50 - Trophy & Rosette 

CLASS B - ADVANCED AMATEUR

Open to individuals, age 18 & over that are serious amateurs or experienced photographers. 
Entry Charge: $8.00 per entry - Enter up to 3 prints
Print & Mount Board Size MUST BE - 11"x14" or 11"x17"

1st Place  2nd Place  3rd Place  4th Place
$30 $20 $15 $10

Best of Show: $50 - Trophy & Rosette

CLASS C - AMATEUR

Open to individuals, age 18 & over. 
Entry Charge: $7.00 per entry - Enter up to 3 prints
Print & Mount Board Size MUST BE - 8” x 10” or 8” x 12”

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
$25 $20 $15 $10

Best of Show: $40 - Trophy & Rosette

CLASS D - YOUNG AMATEUR

Open to individuals, ages 13 through 17 
Entry Charge: $4.00 per entry - Enter up to 3 prints
Print & Mount Size MUST BE - 8” x 10” or 8” x 12”

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
$20 $15 $10 $8

Best of Show: $30 - Trophy & Rosette

CLASS E - JUNIOR AMATEUR

Open to individuals, ages 5 through 12
Entry Charge: $4.00 per entry - Enter up to 3 prints 
Print & Mount Size MUST BE - 8” x 10” or 8” x 12”

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
$15 $10 $8 $5

Best of Show: $20 - Trophy & Rosette

CLASS F - FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Open to all ages and skill levels - Limit two (2) entries per Exhibitor. 
Entry Charge: $10.00 per entry. 

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
$40 $30 $20 $10

Best of Show: $60 - Trophy & Rosette

Size Limits:

Minimum Size: 154 square inches Maximum Size: 800 square inches (including Frame 
(11" x 14" or equivalent square inches) Maximum Weight: 30 pounds

Finished Artwork Must Be: 

  1. Framed - Metal/Wood/Acrylic prints and stretched canvas are considered to be equal to a frame. 
    • Framed images can include matting. 
  2. Ready to Hang with WIRE. Artwork will be hung on peg board with hanger hooks. 
    • No clip, Frame backs, or Saw Tooth Hangers
  3. Must be ORIGINAL photograph - graphic or computer generated art is NOT ACCEPTABLE. 
    • Post production is allowed up to the point that the image no longer resembles a photograph. 

Judging: 

  1. This is a juried category with NO refund of entry charge if your entry in juried out. 
  2. Evaluation based (not necessarily in the order listed) on artwork showing greater than normal:
    • Creativity
    • Thought
    • Skill
    • Talent
    • Precision

CLASS G - BLACK & WHITE & MONOCHROME ONLY

Open to all ages and skill levels. 
Entry Charge: $10.00 per entry - Enter up to 2 prints
Print & Mount Board size MUST BE - 16” x 20”

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
$40 $30 $20 $10

Lot No. For Black & White & Monochrome Only
1. People - Individual, Group, etc. 
2. Landscape/Scenic/Buildings/Bridges/Architecture
3. Animals/Birds/Reptiles/Insects
4. Other (Open Class)

CLASS H - CELL PHONE:

Entry Charge: $6.00 per entry - Enter up to 2 prints
Print & Mount Board Size MUST BE - 8"x8" ONLY

1st Place  2nd Place 3rd Place
$15 $10 $8

Best of Show: $20 - Trophy & Rosette

Adult (Age 18 & over) Youth (Age 17 & under)
Lot No. (for Adult) Lot No. (for Youth)
1. People - Individual, Group, etc.  5. People - Individual, Group, etc. 
2. Landscape/Scenic/Building/Bridges/Architecture 6. Landscape/Scenic/Building/Bridges/Architecture
3. Animals/Birds/Reptiles/Insects 7. Animals/Birds/Reptiles/Insects
4. Other (Does not fit in other categories) 8. Other (Does not fit in other categories)

SPECIAL AWARDS

Grand Prize - $100, Trophy & Rosette. The image that wins this award will not be eligible for a Best of Show award. 

Honorable Mention - Ribbons, without premium money, will be awarded at the discretion of the judges and the Photography Supervisor. 

Judges Choice Awards - Rosettes awarded by each judge for their favorite entry of the entire exhibit. 

Supervisor's Choice Awards - Rosettes awarded for the prints the Supervisor deems to be outstanding. 

People's Choice Awards - $20, and Rosette awarded to the print voted most popular by the public. Voting will take place September 10th - 16th. The award will be placed on September 17th. 


The Utah Arts Council (UAC) will select 20-25 pieces from this exhibit to travel across the State to schools, libraries, universities and museums. This is a unique opportunity for photographers to expand their audience base. 

If your piece is chosen for the traveling exhibit, you will have to complete a consent form for the UAC. Please contact the Photography Supervisor for instructions and help. 

Selected pieces will be matted and framed at the conclusion of the Fair. Artwork will be insured by the UAC and will be returned to you in approximately one year. The artwork will be available for sale for the duration of travel. 


TIPS FOR AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHY

IMPACT - Something that catches the eye of the beholder. 
Appeal
A Visual Statement 
An Emotional Stir
An Interesting Design
Stirring Color or Black & White
Composition
Rarity/Beauty/Pleasing
Singular without Distractions
Unbelievable - How did they capture that? 

QUALITY - 
General exposure, color, zones, sharpness, presentation and no obvious gimmicks. 

APPEAL - 
The more universal the appeal of the image, the better chance of rating with more of the beholders. 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE & MEANING OF THE PHOTOGRAPH? - 
Did the maker accomplish their goal? Could they have done better? Is the purpose and meaning clear to the beholder? Does the beholder have to guess what the intention of the photograph is? Is there continuity? (Power, beauty, mood, emotion, positive-negative, color action) Is the mood or feeling enhanced? Is the image believable? 

QUALITY - (Nitpicking scrutiny) This can override impact in the final analysis.
Flawless Physical and Intellectual CRAFTSMANSHIP
Difficulty
Eloquence
Harmony 
Balance
The Moment 
Saturation
Perspective
Grain and Detail
Contrast
Technical Aspects, Compression, Flare, Distortion, Highlights, Shadow, Spectacular Control
Correct Key
Dimension
Depth
Unseen Lines
Emotional Lines
Compositional Framing
Timeless