Rim Country photographers need to start preparing for the Northern Gila County Fair now.
Photography department superintendent Ed Toliver invites amateur and professional photographers in the area to participate in the fair, which will be Sept. 7, 8 and 9.
There is no entry fee and everyone who resides in or owns property in Gila County may enter. Entries must be handed in at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center between noon and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5.
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 include:
- 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)
For questions about the rules, contact the superintendent for photography, at (928) 476-4596.