Photography Contest Developing For Fair


The Northern Gila County Fair is less than a month away and photographers still have time to get their prints ready for the amateur and professional competitions. The fair will be held at the community center in Pine Sept. 15-17.

Entries must be handed in between noon and 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. There is no entry fee. All residents or property owners in Gila County, as well as nearby communities and adjoining counties, are eligible to enter.

This year's judge will be George Stocking, one of the top landscape photographers for Arizona Highways magazine. To see what he looks for in images, check out his Web site at

Ribbons and money $3 for first place, $2 for second and $1 for third will be awarded in each of 18 categories in both black and white and color. Junior entries (17 and under) will be judged and awarded prizes separately.

Rules for entry

All entries must be color or black-and-white prints, 5-by-7 inches or larger, but no bigger than 11 by 14. Prints may be printed by the photographer, by a photo lab, or by a computer printer. Computer prints, however, must be of high-enough quality to be judged against lab prints or they will be disqualified.

All prints, regardless of size, must be mounted on or within mat-boards that are 11 by 14 inches. No exceptions will be allowed.

The mat-boards must be stiff enough to stand up without sagging. No photos in frames or with glass may be displayed.

All entries must be pictures taken by the photographer.

Amateurs and professionals will be judged separately. Generally, if you earn any money from photography, have had photographs published or work as a reporter, you're a professional. Otherwise, you're an amateur.


Each division amateur, professional and junior will include 18 categories in both color and black and white. They are:

landscapes and natural features

skies and storms

trees and flowers

close-up of nature subjects


cityscapes, buildings and man-made subjects rustic structures

close-up of man-made objects

people and their activities

portraits, candid or posed

pets and domestic animals



motion or action

night photography

abstract or patterns

darkroom or digital manipulation beyond normal "tweaking" of images


Please note there is no category for specialty filters any longer. The appropriateness of filter effects will be judged in the subject category of the image.

Photographers can submit as many photos in each category or in total as they want, but they are asked to refrain from submitting similar photos in different categories. It is at the discretion of the judge to group such photos together and to move any photos to their appropriate category.

Entry tags

Fair books and entry tags are available at the Pine Museum and the Payson Public Library.

If you have questions about the photography rules, contact Ed Toliver at 476-4596. For information about the fair, call Walter or Willene Smith at 476-3587.

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