Photography, Dept. 25


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2024 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, two weeks prior to the fair. Entries for Division 4 must be registered and received by Friday, three weeks prior to the fair.
  • Acceptance of Exhibits: All registered photos not mailed must be delivered on Saturday, the weekend prior to the fair, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to the Creative Arts Building on the Durham fairgrounds.
  • Judging: Competitive judging of photography Divisions 1 and 2 will be conducted on the Sunday prior to the Fair weekend at 9 a.m. in the Creative Arts Building on the Durham Fairgrounds. Exhibitors and the general public are welcome to attend.
  • Return of Exhibits:
    1. All exhibits must remain on display until 6 p.m. Sunday, the official closing time of the Fair. People who remove their exhibits before 6 p.m. will be disqualified from future Fairs. Entries may be picked up at the Creative Arts Building between 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. following the Fair closing on Sunday or Monday following the Fair between 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Entries will not 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. Exhibitor’s full name, contact phone number, 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 to prevent ink from smudging onto other photos.
    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

Honorable mention ribbons will be awarded at the discretion of judges and committee members.

For those exhibitors who are entitled to a premium check and do not come to pick up their exhibits, their check will be mailed to them.

No ribbons will be mailed with premium checks and can be collected only when exhibits are picked up.

A Best of Show will be awarded in each Division. 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

*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 Division's Asst. Superintendent.

Division-Specific Instructions

Division 1: Salon Print

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

  1. Exhibitors may submit a maximum of 3 prints total. Prints may be color or monochrome.
  2. Salon exhibitors may also enter Division 4, Digital Slide Show but not Division 2, Enlargements or Division 3, Snapshots.
  3. Pictures must be printed on heavy weight premium quality photo paper and must be mounted on 16" x 20" sturdy backing, matted and unframed unless they are full sized (i.e., 16" x 20"). The photograph itself must be at least 11" x 14" and can be as large as 16" x 20".
  4. Photo Conditions: Backs of photos of salon print mattes/mounts must be neat and free of exposed adhesives, Velcro or mounting devices that could damage other photos during handling, stacking and judging.
  5. 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.
  6. Photos must not be signed, watermarked or titled on the front. However, exhibitor’s title of the photo is specifically requested on the back for this Division only.
  7. There will be a Best in Show chosen in three styles under Division 1: Color, Monochrome, and Image Artistry.
  8. Color Salon entries will be judged for each Class A-N.

Division 2: Enlargements

Joel Labella
192 Cherry Lane, Durham, CT 06422
[email protected]

  1. Exhibitors may enter a maximum of 2 prints.
  2. Enlargement exhibitors may also enter Division 4 (Digital Slide Show), but not Division 1 (Salon) or Division 3 (Snapshots).
  3. 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".
  4. Photo Conditions: Prints must be printed on heavy weight premium quality photo paper and must be unmounted, not matted and unframed. Front of photos must not be signed, watermarked or titled. Backs of photos must be free of adhesives that could damage other photos during handling, stacking and judging.

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 Slide Show), 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. Each exhibitor may enter 3 images with their registration form.
  2. Image file size shall be a maximum of 5 MB.
  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, three 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
  • Joel Labella
    Assistant Superintendent, Division 2
    193 Cherry Lane, Durham, CT 06422
  • Molly Otero
    Assistant Superintendent, Division 3
    5 Gloria Heights
    Portland, CT 06480
  • John Robinson
    Assistant Superintendent, Division 4
    33 Bretton Road
    Middletown, CT 06457


  • Mindy Petruck, Assistant Superintendent of Computer Services
  • Braedon Robinson
  • Margaret Robinson
  • Lily Otero

Updated: 6/4/2023