Rim Country photographers should begin preparing for the Northern Gila County Fair now.
Photography department superintendent Ed Toliver invites both amateur and professional photographers in the area to participate in the fair, which will be Sept. 8, 9 and 10.
There is no entry fee and everyone who resides in or owns property in Gila County may enter.
Entries must be color or black-and-white prints, from 5-by-7 inches to 11-by-14 inches in size.
Prints may be printed by the photographer, a photo lab or on a computer printer. All must be mounted on mat-boards that are at least 8-by-10 inches in size, but no larger than 11-by-14 inches, with the larger size mat preferred. The mat-boards must be stiff enough to stand up without sagging. No photos in frames or with glass can be displayed.
All entries must be pictures taken by the photographer. Amateur and professionals will be judged separately. Prizes ($3 for first, $2 for second; $1 for third) will be awarded in 18 categories within each subdivision of: amateur, professional, junior and senior, in both black-and-white and color. The categories 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)
Participants may submit as many photos in each category on in total as desired -- entrants may earn multiple prizes in a single category.
The judge of this year's photo entries is Peter Ensenberger, director of photography for Arizona Highways magazine.
Fair books and entry tags are available at both the Payson and Pine public libraries. Fair books can also be found at the Payson Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce office, 100 W. Main St. in Payson.
For questions about the rules, call (928) 476-4596.