Photography, Dept. 25


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2022 Entry Instructions

ONLINE ENTRY IS REQUIRED. To be an Exhibitor, click on the Online Entry link and follow the instructions. Entry deadlines are listed on the Entry Deadlines and Delivery Schedule page.

Division-specific instructions are located below the Table of Categories.

The Durham Fair Photography Competition is designed to provide a competitive opportunity for photographers of all skill levels.

  • Division 1, Salon Print: expert amateurs, camera club competitive photographers and semi-professionals.
  • Division 2, Enlargements: more advanced amateur.
  • Division 3, Snapshots: “point and shoot” amateur.
  • Division 4, Digital: all skill levels of photographers.


  • Eligibility: Images that have previously been entered in the Durham Fair Photography Department are NOT eligible for exhibition.
  • Registration: All entries must be preregistered via Durham Fair online entry. Entries for Division 1–3 must be registered by Monday, the week prior to the fair. Entries for Division 4 must be registered and received by Friday, two weeks prior to the fair.
  • Acceptance of Exhibits: All registered photos not mailed or delivered with the entry form at the time of registration must be delivered on Saturday, the weekend prior to the fair, between 10 AM and 4 PM to the Creative Arts Building on the Durham fairgrounds.
  • Judging: Judging of photography Division 1 – 4. will be conducted on Sunday, the weekend prior to the fair, at 1 PM in the Creative Arts Building on the Durham fairgrounds. The public and the exhibitors are welcome and encouraged to attend this competitive judging, suggest bringing your own chair, snack and beverage as none are available on the grounds.
  • Return of Exhibits:
    1. All exhibits must remain on display until 7 PM, the official closing time of the Fair on Sunday. People who remove their exhibits before 7 PM will be disqualified from future Fairs. Entries may be picked up at the Creative Arts Building between 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM following the Fair closing on Sunday or Monday following the Fair between 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Entries will no longer be mailed back after the Fair.
    2. The committee is not responsible for items not picked up at the end of the Fair.
  • Additional Information:
    1. Exhibitors full name, Division, and Class must appear on the back of each entry. Use labels or write on the back of photos with a black permanent felt tip pen only. Let ink dry and separate photos with clean paper.
    2. Damaged or soiled entries may not be accepted for exhibition.
    3. Shrink wrapping, laminated photos, polaroids, colored copies and framed pictures are not allowed.

State Photo Contest

Sponsored by The Association of Connecticut Fairs and the Durham Agricultural Fair Association. Visit the Photo Contest page at for complete categories, rules, prizes, judging criteria and information on the State Photo Contest.


Class Code & Name $ Prize Amount
See Specific Instructions Below 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Salon Print 10 8 6
2 Enlargements 8 7 4
3 Snapshots 7 6 3
4 Digital Slideshow 8 7 4
  2022 Re-emergence (submit in classes 1, 2 or 3)

A Best of Show will be awarded in each Division. Honorable Mention awards will be issued at the discretion of the judges. A special award ribbon will be issued at the discretion of each Division Assistant Superintendent.

Classifications for Division 1 – 4

  1. Animals
  2. Birds
  3. Children
  4. Buildings and Architecture
  5. Image Artistry*
  6. Insects
  7. Miscellaneous
  8. Transportation
  9. Panoramic Image (used only in Div. 1)
  10. People
  11. Agricultural Fair
  12. Plant Life / Flowers
  13. Scenery
  14. Sports
  15. Selfies (used only in Div. 3 and 4)

*Definition of Image Artistry: Image Artistry will include any manipulation/creative process before and/or during the print process. Image Artistry is allowed in any Division.

NOTE: Photos entered in all classifications may be broken into sub classifications for judging depending on the entries received. The creation of additional subcategories is at the discretion of that Div. Asst. Superintendent.

NEW Floating Class: 2022 Re-emergence

The Covid epidemic became a time of containment and isolation for many. Photographers tend to enjoy life’s many adventures with a camera. But for many, life behind the lens came to a grinding halt. The Durham Fair photography committee is happy to announce a new category that will have a yearly focus on a specific topic.

This year’s topic, “Re-emergence” is designed to challenge you to reawaken your senses. It’s a wide-open subject encouraging you to celebrate life, culture, travel, events, and the many things that have been missed during the Covid era. It’s time to live fully through your lens. Your image should convey a message of living life fully.

You can submit ONLY one image for this category, either a snapshot, an enlargement or a salon sized image in addition to your other photo entries. Please mark the back of the image with the title and label it “Re-Emergence”. Special ribbons will be awarded.

Division-Specific Instructions

Division 1: Salon Print

Matthew Kabel
124 Murray St., Middletown, CT 06457
[email protected]

  1. Photo Conditions: Backs of photos of salon print mattes/mounts must be neat and free of adhesives, mounting devices or Velcro to prevent damage to other people’s photos during handling, stacking and judging. Pictures must be printed on heavy weight premium quality photo paper. Photos must not be signed or titled on the front.
  2. Prints must be mounted on 16 x 20" sturdy backing, matted and unframed unless they are full sized, i.e., 16 x 20".
  3. The photograph itself must be at least 11 x 14" and can be as large as 16 x 20".
  4. Exhibitors may submit a maximum of 3 prints total. Prints may be color or monochrome.
    NOTE: Panoramic images will be accepted for judging within Salon Division 1. Definition of Panoramic Image: The image must have an aspect ratio (length to width) of 2.5 to 1 or greater. Images may be horizontal or vertical. The smaller dimension must be at least 4” but no bigger than 8.” The prints must be mounted on 16 x 20" backing, matting optional. Panoramic images may all be judged together depending on the number of entries received.
  5. Salon exhibitors may also enter Division 4, Digital Slide Show but not Division 2, Enlargement or Division 3, Snapshots.
  6. Exhibitor’s title of the photo is specifically requested on the back for only this Division.
  7. There will be a Best in Show in three categories under Division 1; Color, Monochrome, and Image Artistry.
  8. Color Salon entries will be judged for each Class A-N.

Division 2: Enlargements

Loretta and Josh Goldin
93 Underhill Road, Milford, CT. 06460
[email protected]

  1. Image must be 8 x 10" or 8 x 12" (be sure to trim your pictures to the proper size). No border is to exceed ½".
  2. Prints must be unmounted, unframed, not matted, no titles, unsigned on the front and adhesive free on the back.
  3. Exhibitors may enter a maximum of 2 prints.
  4. Pictures must be printed on heavy weight premium quality photo paper.
  5. Enlargement exhibitors may also enter Division 4, Digital but not Division 1, Salon or Division 3, Snapshots.

Division 3: Snapshots

Molly Otero
5 Gloria Heights, Portland, CT 06480
[email protected]

  1. Print sizes must be 4 x 6".
  2. Prints are to be unmounted, unframed, not matted, and no titles.
  3. Exhibitors may enter 1 print.
  4. Pictures must be printed on heavy weight premium quality photo paper.
  5. Snapshot exhibitors may also enter Division 4, Digital but not Division 1, Salon or Division 2, Enlargement.

Division 4: Digital Slide Show

John Robinson: 860-301-2159
33 Bretton Road, Middletown, CT 06457
[email protected]

The “Digital Slide Show” is for digital image files.

  1. Image file size shall be a maximum of 5 MB.
  2. Each exhibitor may enter 3 images with their registration form.
  3. All entry file names must be in the following format: Last name (space) First name (space) Title (with spaces between words).JPG. EXAMPLE: Robinson John new jeep.jpg
  4. Photo files and the completed registration form must be received no later than Friday, two weeks prior to the fair.
  5. When you receive your Confirmation Receipt by email immediately forward it with your digital photo entry JPG file to [email protected].


  • Matthew Kabel
    [email protected]
    124 Murray Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
  • Jennifer Schulten
    Asst. Superintendent
    Official Fair Photographer
    1 Passiac Road
    Middlefield, CT 06455
  • Loretta and Josh Goldin
    Assistant Superintendent, Division 2
    93 Underhill Road, Milford, CT 06460
  • Molly Otero
    Assistant Superintendent, Division 3
    5 Gloria Heights
    Portland, CT 06480
  • John Robinson
    Assistant Superintendent, Division 4
    33 Bretton Road
    Middletown, CT 06457


  • Joel LaBella
  • Mindy Petruck
  • Braedon Robinson
  • Margaret Robinson