Photographers are urged to get their prints ready now for amateur and professional competition at the Northern Gila County Fair.
This year, because of the overwhelming popularity of the competition, each participant may have only 10 entries. In the past, photographers could submit up to 25 prints into the contest.
The photography division of the fair will be on display Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9, 10 and 11 in a tent at the Payson Event Center across Hwy. 87, west of the Mazatzal Casino.
Entries must be handed in at the Event Center tent between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7. Judging will be on Sept. 8.
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. The 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.
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 photographs 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.
Fair books have details on the category topics.
The judge this year will be Tom Brossart, an award-winning fine art and magazine photographer and a photojournalist, along with being the editor of the Roundup newspaper. Brossart also teaches a beginning and an advanced photo course at Gila Community College and has an upcoming photo exhibit at the Down the Street Art Gallery in Payson beginning Sept. 2.
The fair books and entry tags are currently available at the Payson Public Library, Payson Parks and Recreation Office, Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin’s office on Hwy. 260 and at the Pine library. If you have questions about the photography rules, contact Ed Toliver, superintendent of the fair’s photography division, at (928) 476-4596.