Photographers are urged to get their prints ready now for amateur and professional competition at the Northern Gila County Fair.
The photography division of the fair will be on display Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10, 11 and 12 in a tent at the Payson Event Center across Highway 87 west of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.
Entries must be handed in at the Event Center tent between 1 and 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8. Judging will be on Sept. 9.
There is no entry fee. All residents or property owners in Gila County are eligible to enter. Ribbons and money ($3 first place, $2 second, $1 third) will be awarded in each of 18 categories in black-and-white and color.
Since the photography division’s goal is to reward all entries of equal quality, there may be many first-, second-, or third-place ribbons given out in each category.
Thus, an individual photographer may win many awards in total or in any given category. Junior entries (17 and under) and Seniors (75 and over) will be judged and awarded prizes separately.
Returning as this year’s judge will be Arizona Highways Director of Photography, Jeff Kida.
Kida has always done an outstanding job for us, not only in the time and careful deliberation with which he judges entries, but also in providing expert advice on how to improve our photographs, which information is then passed on to entrants by the photography division volunteers, fair officials said.
Rules for entry
All entries must be color or black-and-white prints, from 5x7 to 11x14 inches in size. Prints may be printed by the photographer in the darkroom or on a computer printer, or by a commercial photo lab.
All prints, regardless of size, must be mounted on or within mat-boards that are at least 8x10 but no larger than 11x14 inches, with the 11x14 size preferred. The mat-boards must be stiff enough to stand up without sagging. No photos in frames or with glass.
All entries must be pictures taken by the photographer.
Amateurs and professionals will be judged separately. Generally, if you earn any money from photography or have had photographs published, you’re a professional. Otherwise you’re an amateur. But if you’re an advanced amateur, and want to see how you measure up against the pros, feel free to enter in the professional division. There is a limit of 25 photos per photographer.
Fair books and entry tags are available at the Payson and Pine libraries, Payson Parks and Recreation Office and Supervisor Tommie Martin’s Gila County office.