Any image depicting living animals, including insects, birds and fish
02 – ARCHITECTURE
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.
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.
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.
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.”