The Photo Competition is open to all amateur photographers.
Anyone earning less than 50% of their annual income from photography, will be considered as amateurs.
While residents of Spokane County are encouraged to enter, this competition is open to the general public in other states or countries. Finalists from outside of Spokane, can mail in the printed image to the Spokane County Fair Office.
The photo entry must have been taken by the person entering the competition.
Any camera can be used: DSLRs, camera phones, action cameras, film cameras, etc.
There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted.
Digital files must be sized 1920 pixels wide OR 1080 pixels high (or both).
Finalists must have a printed label for each qualifying entry. These must be attached to the top left corner at the back of the mounting board. If the label is placed in the wrong location, the entry could be disqualifed.
Print entries must be attached to a mounting board measuring exactly 16x20in.
Matting is optional, as long as it does not exceed the thickness of 3/16in.
Digital or printed entries cannot have any watermarks or other indicator of any kind that identify the photographer. This includes the back of the mounted prints. Otherwise, the image will be disqualified.
After many years of minimal prize money, the decision was made to charge a small fee that is similar to other equal size fairs. The entry fee money is collectively pooled for all awards and cash prizes for the winning photographers.
No. We prefer to standardize the presentation of all the entries, and do not want some prints to stand out from the rest. This minimizes its influence in the judging process. This should not be a concern however, as with this new process, many things have been initiated to ensure that the prints are handled in a far cleaner and more careful environment. This does not curb any viewer from touching the images during the show, but we constantly watch for this and have signs which state: “Please DO NOT touch the photographs.”