SEPTEMBER 5-15 2019
Utah State Fair

2019 Photography Department

 DougSims

 

 

Supervisor:
Doug Sims

Photographs Accepted:
August 29 (10 am to 5 pm)
August 30 (10 am to 7 pm)
August 31 (10 am to 5 pm)

Entry Charge (per photograph):

Class A - Professional

$10.00

Class B - Advanced Amateur

$8.00

Class C - Amateur

$7.00

Class D - Young Amateur

$4.00

Class E - Junior Amateur

$4.00

Class F - Fine Art

$10.00

Class G - Black & White

$10.00

Class H - Cell Phone Photos

$6.00

Judging Dates: September 3rd & 4th

Question & Answer Session: One or more of the judges will be available on Friday, September 6th from 5 pm to 7 pm and on Saturday, September 7th from 5 pm to 7pm to answer questions about placement and to give critque and offer pointers. On both nights from 7 pm to 8 pm, a brief presentation will be offered to explain the judging process and give pointers on taking award winning images. 

Photgraphs Released: 
Septemeber 16 (10 am to 7 pm)
September 17 (10 am to 2 pm)

  1. Prints that are not picked up during release dates above will ab available at the Fair Administration office for a limited time, or may be returned by mail to the exhibitor. 
  2. Prints requested to be returned by mail must have: (a) envelope or box that prints will fit in, (b) self-addressed label, and (c) correct return postage. 

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS THROUGHLY AND COMPLETELY BEFORE COMPLETING FORMS, LABELS OR MOUNTING ENTRY!

Exhibitors must read and abide by Living Arts General Rules

Entry Requirements and Information

  1. Exhibitors must be legal residents, military or student residents of the State of Utah 
  2. Exhibitors may submit up to three (3) entries in one proficiency level class (example: enter in either Amateur class OR Advanced Amateur class - but not in BOTH classes)
  3. Class F - Fine Art Photography, Class G - Black and White and Class H - Cell Phone Photos are considered seperate classes and rule #2 above does not apply to these classes. (example: you may enter three (3) entries in Amateur, two (2) entries in Fine Art Photography, and two (2) entries in Black and White; and two (2) entries in Class H - Cell Phone Photos.
  4. Photographs must have been taken within five (5) years of the opening date of the current year Fair. 
  5. The original image must have been taken by the exhibitor using film, slide or digital camera. The only exception is the Cell Phone Class, which must have been taken using a cell phone. 
  6. Exhibitors may not submit photographs entered in a previous Utah State Fair. 
  7. Exhibitors are required to complete an entry form. You may enter online; print and mail a completed form with your entries; or, print and submit the entry form with your entries in person on specified dates above.
  8. Submission of an entry form, by any means, indicates the exhibitors acceptance of all rules and certifies photgraphs as their own work. Entry forms MUST be signed by the exhibitor.
  9. All entries must be mounted to mounting board based on their class. (excluding Fine Art) 
  10. Photographs will be hung on a carpeted wall, using velcro placed on the back of the mount board. Velcro will be provided and applied by the photgraphy department staff. 
  11. Exhibitors must affix a self-sticking label (or other similar labeling such as marker) of the back of each entry, with the following information: 
    1. Exhibitors Name 
    2. Exhibitors Phone Number
    3. Title of Photograph
  12. No information will be allowed on the front of the photograph or mounting board, including exhibitor's signature. 

Submitting Entries 

  1. Exhibitors are encouraged to submit entry forms online. Entry tags for entries submitted online will be pre-printed and available when photographs are received, facilitating quicker completion of the entry process. 
  2. Entry forms may be submitted in person on the recieving dates listed above. Please print and complete an entry form prior to taking your photographs to the Photography Department located on the second floor of the Grand Building. Only cash or checks will be accepted for payment of entry fees - no debit or credit cards.
  3. Completed entry form, correct entry fee and photographs may be mailed to the Utah State Fair Photography Dept, 155 N 1000 W, SLC UT 84116
    1. Entries must be received on or before August 31st. Arrival date, not the postmark, will be the defining criterion on whether or not entries will be accepted into the competition. It is suggested the you send them "return receipt request". For all mail in entries, requirements will NOT be accepted and refunds will not be issued.
    2. The completed entry form, entry charge and the necessary information noted below to complete the entry tag MUST accompany the entry, or they will not be accepted.
    3. If the entry is to be returned by mail, the exhibitor must enclose correct return postage along with self-addressed return mailing label and packaging material. If an exhibit is not returnable by mail for any reason, the entry must be picked up at the Fair Administration Office. 
  4. Please follow 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 and Requiremnets 

  1. Print must be the specific size shown in the Class Description.
  2. Front mats are discouraged but if applied, must not be larger than the back mounting board.
  3. No information is allowed on the front of the print.
  4. Prints may be coated with a protective photographic lacquer or spray gloss.
  5. All prints must be original and may not include photographic elements produced by anyone else.
  6. Processing and printing may be done commercially or by the exhibitor.
  7. Final print must be on photographic print material. (metal, wood, acrylic and canvas are allowed in "Fine Art" ONLY).

Mounting Boards for ALL classes except "F" (Fine Art)

  1. Size of the mounting board must be the specific size listed in the Class Description. Entries with the wrong size mounting board may be disqualified. There will be NO REFUNDS for incorrect sized prints.
  2. Thickness of mounting board must not be thicker than 1/4".
  3. NO title, name or other information may be printed or attached to the front of the mounting board or print.
  4. The following mounting requirements DO NOT APPLY for entries in the "Fine Art" class. Please see special mounting requirements in the "Fine Art" class description.
  5. Only standard mat or foam core board may be used for mounting board. Foam core board presents better and is highly recommended.
  6. NO wood, Masonite or corrugated cardboard will be accepted.
  7. NO framed, glass covered, or shrink-wrapped entries.
  8. NO hanging devices or other protrusions allowed on the back or front of entry.

Print Mounting for ALL Classes Except "F" (Fine Art)

  1. Prints must be permanently affixed to the mounting board. DO NOT use double sided tape.
  2. The print must be the same size as the mounting board.
  3. Prints that fall off due to poor mounting will not be repaired, may not be judged and will be removed from the exhibit. If removed, there will be NO REFUND.

Judging

  1. Prizes will be awarded based on the judges' evaluation of the following (not necessarily in this order):
    1. Photograph's Overall Presentation
    2. Print & Mounting Quality
    3. Photographic 
      1. Technique
      2. Impact
      3. Subject Recognition
      4. Originality
      5. Composition
      6. Other Pertinent Factors 
  2. If there is only one entry in a lot, or entries are not deemed worthy by the judges, ribbons and prize money may not be awarded. Ribbons may also be awarded at any "place" in each lot. FOr instance, if there is not a first place, or second pace quality entry in a lot a third place ribbon may be awarded even though a first and second place were not awarded. Note that the higher the class, the more critical the judging will be. 
  3. Prints that do not meet the exhibit, Fair or community standards or rules, at the discretion of the judges, supervisor or Fair managment, will not be displayed. 
  4. Prints not meeting the lot description may be moved to a more appropriate lot at the discretion of the judges or department supervisor. 
  5. An exhibitor is not eligible to receive more than one award in any one lot. Therefore, it is recommended an exhibitor enter in different lots. This means that if you would have received a first and second in the same lot, you would only be awarded the higher of the two places. 
  6. Best of Show winners are not eligible to receive 1st place money and ribbon on the same entry. 
  7. All decisions of the judges will be final. 
  8. One or more of the judges will be available of Friday, September 6th from 5 pm to 7 pm and on Saturday September 7th  from 5 pm to 7 pm to answer questions about placement and to give critique and offer pointers. On both nights from 7 pm to 8 pm, a brief presentation will be offered to explain the judging process and give pointers on taking award winning images.

Miscellaneous

  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. The Fair is not responsible for misuse of copyright by an exhibitor.
  2. Fair personnel will do their best to screen entries during the photo check in process but it is ultimately the responsibility of the individual entering their work to ensure that it meets size, mounting, and all other requirements. There will be no refund for work that is ultimately not accepted.

How To Enter

Click Here to Enter Online 

Click Here for a Printable Entry Form

  • Each individual must enter seperatly - DO NOT create one entry for multiple people.
  • Complete the entry form and bring it with you on one of the above listed acceptance dates. 
  • Please list the Title of your photgraph - not the title of the class or lot you are entering. 
  • Complete the entry form and mail it, along with correct entry fee payment and properly prepared prints to arrive by the stated deadline. 

Lot Numbers (for classes A-E)

  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" x 24" 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. Forced Perspective
  21. Creative Art / Artistically Manipulated
  22. Unclassified
  23. Fair Theme ~ "It’s A Kinda Magic"

Class Descriptions

Competition will be offered in the classes listed below. The lots listed above will apply to classes A through E. Classes F and G will be judged as listed in their class descriptions.

Class A - Professional 
Open to individuals that are professional photographers or deem their work to be on par with such. 

Enter up to 3 prints  Print and mount board size MUST BE 16"x20" or 16"x24"
Entry Charge: $10.00 per entry Note: digital mats are allowed and encouraged to match the print size to the mounting board

 

1st Place 2nd Place  3rd Place  4th Place
$40 $30 $20 $10
Best of Show: $50 - Trophy and Rosette

 

Class B - Advanced Amateur
Open to serious amateurs or experienced photographers. 

Enter up to 3 prints  Print and mount board size MUST BE 11"x14" or 11"x17"
Entry Charge: $8.00 per entry Note: digital mats are allowed and encouraged to match the print size to the mounting board.

 

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
$30 $20 $15 $10
Best of Show: $50 - Trophy and Rosette

 

Class C - Amateur
Open to individuals, age 18 and over 

Enter up to 3 prints  Print and mount board size MSUT BE 8"x10" or 8"x12"
Entry Charge: $7.00 per entry Note: digital mats are allowed and encouraged to match the print size to the mounting board

 

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
$25 $20 $15 $10
Best of Show: $40 - Trophy and Rosette

 

Class D - Young Amateur
Open to ages 13 through 17.

Enter up to 3 prints  Print and mount board size MUST BE 8"X10" or 8"x12"
Entry charge: $4.00 per entry Note: digital mats are allowed and encouraged to match the size to the mounting board

 

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
$20 $15 $10 $8
Best of Show: $30 - Trophy and Rosette

 

Class E - Junior Amateur
Open to ages 5 through 12

Enter up to 3 prints Print and mount board size MUST BE 8"x10" or 8"x12"
Entry charge: $4.00 Note: digital mats are allowed and encouraged to match the print size to the mounting board

 

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
$15 $10 $8 $5
Best of Show: $20 - Trophy and Rosette 

 

Class F - Fine Art Photography
Open to all - Limit two (2) entries per exhibitor

Entry Charge: $10.00 per entry  Maximum Weight 30 lbs

Minimum Size 154 square inches
(11x14 or equivalent square inches)

Maximum Size 800 Square inches including Frame

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 (No Clip, Frame Backs or Saw Tooth Hangers)
  3. Must be ORIGINAL photograph - grapic or computer generated art is not acceptable. Post production is allowed up to the point that the image no longer resembles a photograph. 
  4. Photograph must have been taken within five years of opening day of the current year Fair. 
  5. Photograph may not have been entered in a previous State Fair. 

Judging

  1. This is a juried category wiith NO refund of entry charge if your entry is juried out. 
  2. Evaluation based (not necessarily in the order listed) on artwork showing greater than normal. 
    1. Creativity
    2. Thought
    3. Skill 
    4. Talent 
    5. Precision 
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place  4th Place
$40 $30 $20 $10
Best of Show: $60 - Trophy and Rosette

 

Class G - Black and White and Monochrome
Open to all - Enter up to 2 prints 

Entry Charge: $10.00 per entry  Print and Mount board size MUST BE 16"x20"
Note: digital mats are allowed and encouraged to match the print size to the mounting board

 

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
$40 $30 $20 $10
Best of Show: $60 - Trophy and Rosette

Lot No. 
1. People – Individual, group, etc.
2. Landscape / Scenic / Buildings / Bridges / Architecture
3. Animals / Birds / Reptiles / Insects
4. Other (Open Class) 

Class H - Cell Phone Photos

Enter up to 2 prints   
Entry Charge: $6.00 per print Print and Mount Board size MUST BE 8"x8" only

Adult (age 18 & over) Categories:
Lot Number
1. People – Individual, group, etc.
2. Landscape / Scenic / Buildings / Bridges / Architecture
3. Animals / Birds / Reptiles / Insects
4. Other (Open Class)

Youth (age 17 & under) Categories:
Lot Number
5. People - Individual or Group
6. Landscape / Architecture - must include scenic/landscape or buildings
7. Animals / Birds - must include animals or birds
8. Other (does not fit other categories)

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
$15 $10 $8
Best of Show: $20 - Trophy and Rosette 

 

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

JUDGE'S CHOICE AWARDS - Rosette awarded by each judge for his/her favorite in the entire exhibit.

SUPERVISOR'S CHOICE AWARDS - Rosettes awarded for the prints the supervisor deems to be outstanding.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD - $20.00 and Rosette awarded for the print voted most popular by the public. Voting will take place September 7th through the 14th and the award will be placed on September 15th.

 

THE UTAH ARTS COUNCIL (UAC) will be selecting 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. More importantly it brings quality artwork to underserved communities.

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 not 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 and 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.
What do judges/people like?

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

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE AND 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
Are there only positive supportive elements and space?
Flow and Composition
Continuity (Does everything support the presentation/statement?)
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