Photography, Dept. 25


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2019 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. (If online entry is absolutely not available to you, please contact the Superintendent of the Photography Division you wish to enter.)

The Durham Fair Photography Competition is designed to provide a competitive opportunity for photographers of all skill levels. Div. 5 (Snapshots) is for the “point and shoot” amateur. Div. 4 (Enlargements) is for the more advanced amateur. Div. 1, 2 and 3, the Salon Print competition, are for expert amateurs, camera club competitive photographers and semi-professionals. Div. 6, 7 and 8 (Digital Slide Show, Best of the Durham Fair and Videography) are open to all photographers. Images that have been significantly altered in any way including in the darkroom or in image editing programs are accepted and judged in the Image Artistry class (see Classifications to follow). An Assistant Superintendent is in charge of each Div.


  • Photo Conditions: Shrink wrapping, laminated photos, polaroids, colored copies and framed pictures are not allowed in Div. 1-5 and 7. 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.
  • Eligibility: Images that have previously been entered in the Durham Fair Photography Department are NOT eligible for exhibition in Div. 1-6. Panoramic photos are only allowed in Div. 1-3.
  • Registration: All entries must be preregistered via Durham Fair online entry. Entries for Div. 1-5 and 7 must be received by Mon., the week prior to the fair. Entries for Div. 6 and Div. 8 must be received by Fri., two weeks prior to the fair. Entries in Div. 6 must be registered by emailing a completed entry form and a jpeg file containing the image(s) to John Robinson, along with the CD or JPEG file containing the image so that it is received by two weeks prior to the fair. Entries in Div. 8, along with confirmation of Durham Fair online entry, must be emailed to [email protected] by two weeks prior to the fair.
  • Acceptance of Exhibits: All registered exhibits not mailed or
    delivered with the entry form at the time of registration must be delivered on Sat., the weekend prior to the fair, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to the Indoor Commercial Building on the Durham fairgrounds. This does not apply to Div. 6 and Div. 8. Entries in Div. 6 and Div. 8 must have been received by Fri., two weeks prior to the fair. Extra time is needed to get these displays ready for judging and display.
  • Judging: Judging of all photography Div. will be conducted on Sun., the weekend prior to the fair, at 1 p.m. in the Photography Building on the Durham fairgrounds. The public and the exhibitors are welcome and encouraged to attend this competitive judging.
  • Return of Exhibits:
    1. All exhibits must remain on display until 7 p.m., the official closing time of the Fair on Sun., the last day of the fair. People who remove their exhibits before 7 p.m. will be disqualified from future Fairs.
    2. Entries may be picked up at the Photography Building between 7 and 8 p.m. following the Fair closing on Sun., the last day of the fair.
    3. Entries must be picked up at the photography building by Mon. following the Fair, between 5 and 7 p.m.
    4. Entries will no longer be mailed back after the Fair.
    5. The committee cannot be held responsible for items not picked up at the end of the Fair.
  • Additional Information:
    1. Exhibitors name 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. Exhibitor’s title of the photo is specifically requested on the back only for Div. 1-4.
    4. Exhibitor admission tickets to the Fair may be purchased at the fairgrounds whenever entries are being accepted in any Fair competition category.
    5. For questions, please call the Superintendent, one of the Assistant Superintendents or one of the Committee members.
    6. In Div. 4, 5, 6 or 8, no professional photographers are allowed to compete.
    7. Div. 1, 2 or 3 is open to all photographers including semi-professionals. Professional photographers are photographers whose primary income is achieved via photography.
    8. The Durham Fair Photography Department is not responsible for unclaimed entries.

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 Monochrome 10 8 6
2 Color 10 8 6
3 Image Artistry 10 8 6
4 Enlargements 7 6 4
5 Snapshots 7 6 3
6 Digital Slide Show 7 6 3
7 Best of the Durham Fair Photo Contest Ribbon Only
8 Videography Ribbon Only

A Best of Show will be awarded in each Div. except Div. 7 & 8. Honorable Mention awards will be issued at the discretion of the judges. A Special award ribbon will be issued at the discretion of the Div. Asst. Superintendents.

Salon Print
Division 1 Monochrome
Division 2 Color
Division 3 Image Artistry

[email protected]

Instructions Division 1, 2 & 3

  1. Prints must be mounted on 16 x 20” backing, unframed, and they should be matted unless they are full sized, i.e., 16 x 20”.
  2. The photograph itself must be at least 11 x 14” and can be as large as 16 x 20.”
  3. Exhibitors may submit a maximum of 3 prints total with no more than 2 in any one category, i.e. Div. 1, 2 or 3.
  4. Pictures must be printed on heavy weight, premium quality photo paper.
  5. There will be one Best in Show in Black & White, one Best in Show in Color and one Best in Show in Image Artistry.
  6. Panoramic images will be accepted for judging within Salon Div. 1, 2 and 3. 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.
  7. Salon exhibitors may also enter Div. 6 and 7, but not Div. 4 and 5. Salon photographers, please also consider entering the Exhibitors Guide photo division, subject to those rules.

Division 4 Enlargements


Instructions Division 4

  1. Image must be 8 x 10” or 8 x 12” (be sure to trim your pictures to the proper size).
  2. No border is to exceed 1⁄2.”
  3. Prints must be unmounted, unframed, not matted, no titles, unsigned on the front and adhesive free on the back.
  4. Exhibitors may enter a maximum of 2 prints.
  5. Pictures must be printed on heavy weight premium quality photo paper.
  6. Enlargement exhibitors may also enter Div. 6 and 7 but not Div. 1, 2, 3 or 5.

Division 5 Snapshots

Matthew Kabel
124 Murray St.
Middletown, CT 06457

Instructions Division 5

  1. Print sizes may be from 21⁄2 x 21⁄2” up to 4 x 6”.
  2. Prints are to be unmounted, unframed, not matted, no titles and adhesive free on the back.
  3. Exhibitors may enter 1 print.
  4. Pictures must be printed on heavy weight premium quality photo paper.
  5. Snapshot exhibitors may also enter Div. 6 and 7 but not Div. 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Division 6 Digital Slide Show

John Robinson: 860-301-2159
75 Gunger Hill Rd.
Higganum, CT 06441

Instructions Division 6

The “Digital Slide Show” is for digital image files. Digital paper prints can be entered in either the Salon, Enlargement or Snapshot Division, and in the Fair Book Cover Contest Division, subject to Div. rules.

  1. Images must be emailed as jpeg photo files attached to the Online Entry registration form.
  2. Image file size shall be a maximum of 5 MB.
  3. Each exhibitor may enter 2 images with their registration form.
  4. 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 at the Fair.jpg
  5. Photo files and the completed registration form must be received by John Robinson, no later than Fri., two weeks prior to the fair.
  6. Entry form for Div. 6 constitutes a release form granting the Durham Agricultural Fair Association unrestricted use of the entered digital images. Some or all of the Digital Photo Show may be displayed on the Fair website between Fairs.
  7. If you DO NOT want your photo displayed other than at the Durham Fair, write DO NOT sign on the “Image Release Signature” line.
  8. Be sure you include your email address in your profile on your online entry. After each entry you will get a Confirmation Receipt screen, so be sure to check the “Also email a copy of my receipt to: < your email address >”. When you receive your Confirmation Receipt by email immediately forward it with your digital photo entry JPG file to [email protected].

Classifications for Division 1 – 6

  1. Animals
  2. Birds (not used in Div. 3)
  3. Black and white (used only in Div. 4 & 5)
  4. Buildings and architecture
  5. Cat (used only in Div. 5)
  6. Children
  7. Dog (used only in Div. 5)
  8. Fish & marine life (not used in Div. 3)
  9. Image artistry* (used only in Div. 4, 5 & 6)
  10. Infants (used only in Div. 5)
  11. Insects (not used in Div. 3)
  12. Miscellaneous
  13. Miscellaneous: cars, trains, transportation (not used in Div. 3)
  14. Nautical Scenes (not used in Div. 3)
  15. Panoramic image (used only in Div. 1, 2 & 3)
  16. People
  17. Photos taken at fairs
  18. Plant life / flowers
  19. Scenery
  20. Snow scenes (not used in Div. 3)
  21. Sunrises & sunsets (not used in Div. 3)
  22. Toddlers (used only in Div. 5)
  23. Youngsters (used only in Div. 5)

*Definition of Image Artistry: Image Artistry will include any manipulation/creative process before and/or during the print process. Pictures entered in Image Artistry shall conform to all of the other requirements of their appropriate Div. Images that have been lightened or darkened only or received other minimal enhancement techniques shall be entered into their appropriate classification/Div. Image Artistry is also a separate Div. within Salon Prints.

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.

Division 7 Best of the Durham Fair Photo Contest

Ali McFadzen
[email protected]

Instructions Division 7

  1. This is a competition for photos taken at the Durham Fair. The winning photo will be used in various Durham Fair advertising mediums. This could include the Durham Fair Commemorative Book, other printed Fair literature, Durham Fair website or Durham Fair Facebook page. (Specific use to be determined). Print size may range from 3 1/2 x 5" (snapshots) up to 8 x 12".
  2. Exhibitor may enter 1 print in this competition.
  3. Pictures must be printed on heavy weight premium quality photo paper.
  4. Photos entered in this special contest may also be entered in Classification G, Photos Taken at Fairs in Div. 1-6, subject to the rules of the specific division.
  5. The entry form for Div. 7 constitutes a release form granting the Durham Agricultural Fair Association unrestricted use of the entered image. You must sign the release line.
  6. The Fair is granted free promotional usage of these photos and the exhibitor may be asked to supply an original negative/digital file. Photos in this category arnot returned to contestant.
  7. Exhibitor may also enter Div. 6 and 1 of the following Div.: Salons, 4 or 5. There are no monetary prizes in Div. 7.

Division 8 Videography

Jennifer Schulten
85 Laurel Brook Rd.
Middlefield, CT 06455
[email protected]

Instructions Division 8

Exhibitors are encouraged to enter a video of up to
90 seconds. The subject for videos can be general in nature. The
category will be judged on artistic merit, production and editing quality, and subject interest. Please note the following

  • All entries must be submitted via a digital video mp4 format.
  • Please submit all video files to: [email protected]
  • Please allow ample amount of file transfer time as the process on both ends can take time.
  • The length of the video should not exceed 90 seconds.
  • The subject can be general in nature.
  • All entries should begin with a 10 second full-screen “title screen” that includes: Title of Video. Please do not include producers name in credits to preserve anonymity in judging.
  • There may be no more than three entries per producer.
  • No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.
  • Content must comply with all local and national laws of the country of origin and the United States. Content must not
    1. promote illegal behavior;
    2. support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice;
    3. advocate sexual or violent exploitation;
    4. violate rights established by law or agreement;
    5. invade the privacy of any person; or
    6. be otherwise inappropriate as determined by The Durham Fair in its sole and conclusive determination.
  • Awards will be presented in the form of fair ribbon: Best in Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Honorable Mention. There are no monetary prizes in Div. 8.
  • Entrants should keep at least one copy of their video. The Durham Fair is not responsible for any films that are lost,
    damaged, or that do not upload properly.
  • Ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the project remains with the entrant, with the following exceptions: Entrants grant the Durham Fair the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, display, or exhibit the project for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes on their website, at conferences, or at any other venues Fair-related.


  • Jennifer Schulten
    Asst. Superintendent
    85 Laurel Brook Rd.
    Middlefield, CT 06455
  • Matthew Kabel
    Asst. Supt. Computer Services
    [email protected]
    124 Murray St.
    Middletown, CT 06457


  • Lauren Badin
  • Melanie Badin
  • Angela Beirne
  • Katherine Brain
  • Marsha Desjarlais
  • Maureen FitzGerald
  • Joel LaBella
  • Dave Meredith
  • Hazel Meredith
  • Robin Nichols
  • Julia Nielson
  • Phil Nielson
  • Molly Otero
  • Loretta Paul-Goldin
  • Doreen Raney
  • Carol Robinson
  • Griffin Robinson
  • Hank Robinson
  • Lisa Robinson
  • Ricky Sorensen
  • Gerry Turner
  • Nancy Turner
  • John West