New for 2019!
Early Bird Bonus

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    June 6-28, 2019

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    July 1-15, 2019

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    July 26, 2019

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    PRINT SUBMISSIONS (Finalists Only)

    AUG 1-2 & 5-6, 2019

3 New Popular Categories

Call (509) 850 0479

Now Open For Early Bird SubmissionsJune 6 – July 15, 2019

Time Remaining Before Submission Deadline

Submit Your Digital EntriesJuly 1-15, 2019

Grand Champion Prize*  $250

Remembrance by Shaun Schlager (Still Life)

Reserve Grand Champion Prize*  $150

On Golden Pond by David Huck (Scenics and Landscapes)

LeRoy Nielsen People’s Choice Prize*  $150

Rays of Hope by Randy Belstad (Scenics and Landscapes)

Zabriski_Point_Sunrise by Don Corwin (1st Place Travel)

AhhhhhSummer by David Fisher (1st Place Nature)

Rose by David Huck (1st Place Flowers)

Self Portrait by Rachel Fellows (1st Place Creative)

*Prizes subject to change/availability.
Category prizes are limited to (1) item per photographer, per winning place.
Cash prizes will still be awarded to multiple category winners.

Time Remaining Before Submission Deadline

Submit Your Digital EntriesJuly 1-15, 2019


Categories 1-11 can be either COLOR or B&W | Category 12 must have a predominantly RED color


    Any image depicting living animals, including insects, birds and fish


    Any image that depicts the design of a structure or building

  • 03 – CELL PHONE

    Any image taken with a cell phone; non-cell phone entries will be disqualified. Digital photos have metadata that identifies the device used to capture the picture. This information will be used to qualify the entries.

  • 04 – CREATIVE

    Any image which depicts a unique perspective, including digital manipulation

  • 05 – STILL LIFE

    Any image, which depicts non-living subjects that are either natural or man-made.

  • 06 – FOOD

    Any image showing food, food preparation, meals, eating or cooking.

Power by David Huck (1st Place Architecture)

  • 07 – NATURE

    Any image taken outdoors which depicts natural elements as the subject(s). Man-made elements in the photo can disqualify the entry.


    Any image depicting either landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes or nightscapes

  • 09 – PORTRAITS

    Any image depicting a living being, either in a formal setting or casual candid

  • 10 – TRAVEL

    Any image depicting an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs or history (outside of the Spokane/CDA area).

  • 11 – FLOWERS

    Any image of the blossoming part of any plant or tree

  • 12 – THE COLOR: RED

    Any image  depicting the tints, tones and/or shades of the color RED

Prom Night by Shaun Schlager (1st Place Portraits)

Judges reserve the right to re-categorize or disqualify
any image that does not fit the category it was submitted in.


Submit Your Digital EntriesJuly 1-15, 2019


Auto Focus by David Fisher (1st Place Wildlife)

Registration Process

  • Step 1 – Register online.
  • Step 2 – Pay entry fee(s).
  • Step 3 – Upload digital JPG version online.
  • Note: Finalists will be announced on July 26th, 2019 via email.
  • Step 4 – Submit mounted print version (with the label attached to the upper left on the back of the mount).
  • Print entries must be dropped off at the Spokane County Fair Office at the designated submission dates. See map below at the bottom of this web page. (These can also be mailed.)

Decadent Indulgence by Brian Lobdell (1st Place Color Purple)

Registration Fees

  • Each photo entry will have a submission fee of $5.00.
  • Entry fees will be used to award cash prizes for the winners in each category.
  • For every 5 entries, 2 free entries will be given.
  • To simplify the accounting for free entries, ALL entries must be submitted at the same time.
  • If photos are disqualified, entry fees will NOT be refunded.


  • 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: interchangeable or fixed lens cameras, cell phones, action cameras, film cameras, drone cameras, etc.
  • Entries for the Cell Phone category must be taken with a cell phone camera. The metadata of each photo entry will be used to identify whether the image qualifies for this subject category.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted.

God Save the Queen by Rachel Fellows (1st Place Macro)

Submission Requirements

  • Digital entries must be in JPG format.
  • Digital files must have a maximum size of 3840 pixels wide OR 2160 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.
  • Print entries must have a label at the upper left corner at the back of the print. Placing the label at any other location will disqualify your entry.
  • The label must have a) the 8-digit Entry ID (automatically assigned at the time of your digital submission), and b) the Title of your entry. DO NOT identify yourself whatsoever.

Look Mom, No Hands by Cathy Cardon (1st Place Humor)

Photo Mounting Requirements

How To Resize Your Digital Files


Time Remaining Before Submission Deadline

Submit Your Digital EntriesJuly 1-15, 2019


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Why is there a submission fee?

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.


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Can we shrink-wrap our photos to protect it?

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.”


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I see there is a Junior and a Amateur division for photography. Is there an age restriction for the Amateur? My son is 12 but wants to enter with me.

There are no age restrictions for the Amateur division. Note: The Junior and Amateur divisions are independently managed by two (2) separate entities.


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Why do we need to submit digital files?

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Does the photo need to have been taken this year to be eligible?

No, the photograph doesn’t need to have been taken this year. It should not, however, have been previously entered in prior years of the Spokane Interstate Fair Photo Contest.[/text_block]

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Do you have to be a resident of Spokane to participate?

No. This photo contest is open to all. However, the prints must be delivered to the Spokane Fairgrounds Office by the deadline. See map below.[/text_block]

Where to drop off your print entries:
Spokane Fairgrounds Office

Aug 1, 2, 5 (9am-4:30pm) & Aug 6 (9am-7:30pm)

Spokane Interstate Fair Office Map

Any additional questions? Please call us at (509) 850.0479 . . . or leave a comment on either the Spokane Camera Club or Inland Outlook Photo Club Facebook page. We will be monitoring them regularly.

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Submit Your Digital EntriesJuly 1-15, 2019



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Submission Period:
July 13-31, 2020