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Photography entry day
Photography entry day
Photography exhibit setup
Photography exhibit setup
Photography displays 2012
Photography displays 2012
Photography displays 2012
Photography displays 2012
Photography displays 2011
Photography displays 2011
Photography Winners 2011
Photography Winners 2011
Otero County Fair, Indoor Exhibits: Photography

   Entries: Saturday prior to the Fair between 12 noon and 3:00 pm

Entry Fees:
   Exhibitors 12 years and under - No Charge
   Exhibitors over 13 years - $5.00 per print
   For information call: (575) 491-2726

General eligibility and instructions

1.  Delivery and removal of entries, ribbons, and awards will be in accordance with the Calendar of Events and Delivery Times for Exhibits shown in the calendar of events.

2.  The Otero County Fair Association, judges, or representatives will not be responsible for any loss or damage to any entry.

3.  Ribbons will be awarded to the top three scores by the judges in each adult category and division, and 1-6 in the youth division.

4.  The number of entries to be accepted and displayed is limited to 175 and the Photography Committee has the right to re-categorize the prints as needed.  The Committee also reserves the right to not hang a print if it does not meet size specifications or if other unique circumstances exist regarding the print.

5.  Pictures must have been taken since the entry deadline of last year's Fair.

6.  There will be a limit of 2 entries per photographer.  No writing will be permitted on the front of the print.  A completed entry form must be attached to the back of each entry.

7.  All prints must be mounted on foam core. Frames, matting, and white borders will not be accepted.  All prints will be no more than 11 inches on the longest side and no prints will be smaller than 5X7.

8.  Do not mount pictures on cardboard.

9.  All pictures will be judged together in the category and division in which they are entered.  Each photograph will be judged on it own merit relative to the division entered. This is not a presentation contest.

10. There will only be two types of entries in each division:  Color and Black & White.

Catagory 1 - Amateur

Those instant prints or any standard snapshots taken with a fixed lens camera (one whose lens cannot be removed).
Catagory 2 - Advanced Amateur
Those photographers using professional type equipment and/or camera with removable lenses, and/or are receiving professional instruction.  Photographers must not have received income from their photography.
Catagory 3 - Professional
Those photographers who have received an income from their knowledge of photography.
Catagory 4 - Youth
Photographs taken by anyone under 13 years of age. Any type of camera is acceptable.

Divisions within each catagory

1. Action (a method of capturing an object in action and displaying it in a single image with multiple sequential appearances of the object.

2. Nature (Scenic, Animals)

3. Computer Enhanced (an image in which the subject matter has been altered from its original state using after capture techniques such as composting, high dynamic range, and photo montages.  Any editing that fundamentally changes the image.  Does not include basic enhancements and corrections such as burning, dodging, spotting, etc.)

4. Portraits

5. Still Life

6. Miscellaneous (Architecture, Commercial Art, etc.)

Judging Procedures
1. Judges will work independently and at different times.

2. Judges will evaluate each print on a tally sheet.

3. Entries will be judged on Creativity, Composition, Technical Quality and Image Content, on a scale of 1 to 5 for each criteria.

4. Highest score will win Best of Show.

5. The committee chairman will break any tie.

6. If a judge does not believe the picture has any merit, they will do so with a zero.

1. Only the top three in each adult category/division will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons. Youth division will be awarded to the top 6 in each category.  No participation ribbons will be given out.

2.  The Best of Show print will be selected by the judges from the highest score of all divisions and categories, and a plaque will be awarded to the winner.

3. The People's Choice Award will be chosen by ballots cast by the public, and a plaque will be awarded to the winner.

2017 Special Photo Competition, $100.00 Prize
   The Photography department will have a special competition. Photos entered into the special competition must include "Otero County Grown", (open to the photographers interpretation) as the theme of the photo and must have been taken after the entry deadline of this contest from the previous years fair.

   Photos from all divisions are eligible. (Only one submission per artist is allowed for the Special Competition) All regular entry and eligibility, instructions, and division rules apply. Selection of the winner will be made and the winner will receive an award of $100.00 and a Grand Champion rosette. This is a separate competition and will be displayed as such. Entry into this competition does not count toward the 2 per exhibitor limit. There will be a $10 fee to enter this contest.

   So, it is time to use your imagination and plan out that winning shot!

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Otero County Fair Association
401 Fairgrounds Road, Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310

Phone: (575) 434-0788


Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm

          Otero County Fair Association, 2017