In the interest of public safety, activities involving direct animal interaction at the Fair have been suspended.

All guests are encouraged to wash their hands after any contact with animals or their living area, as well as prior to eating or drinking.

Photography

Win Cash Awards and Ribbons

Photographers enter their images for more than $25,000 in cash awards and ribbons in the International Exhibition of Photography at the San Diego County Fair.

Photo Shootout Contest

Find information on this one-day, on-site contest that happens during the Fair in the Contests section.

Photo Shootout Contest

The Fine Print

Got questions? Here is more information on entering this exhibit.

The Exhibition of Photography is an international show, open to all photographers 18 and older. Work must be that of the entrant. Group work (two or more) is not allowed.

The processing fee is $20 per entry. Processing fees are non-refundable.

You may enter up to 20 entries, all classes combined.

The Exhibition of Photography is a two-tier, juried show. First, you enter a digital image. Judges determine which works will advance to Tier 2 judging, which is done on-site with mounted prints. Advancement to Tier 2 judging does not guarantee your print will hang in the show.

Yes. All entries selected for display will be posted for sale at the price indicated on the online entry registration.

Photographers must indicate on the online entry form if entries are not for sale. If no price is listed during registration, the item will be marked NFS.

Listing a selling price authorizes the Fair to give you contact information from interested buyers. No sales are allowed during the Fair. All sales will be handled by the exhibitor and the buyer.

Yes! Please see our Contests section for information on the Photo Shootouts.

Get in touch online or call us at (858) 792-4207.

Entry Information

Please note: State Rules are not yet ready, and will be posted when they are.

Entry deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020.
Tier 1 Notification: Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
Entry delivery, shipped entries: Must arrive Thursday, April 23 to Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Entry delivery, in person: Tuesday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 13, 2020, noon-7:00pm.
Artist reception: Thursday, June 4, 2020, 7:00-9:00pm.
Exhibit dates: June 5-July 5, 2020.
Entry pick-up date: Monday, July 6, 2020.

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Pre-Fair Photo Workshops

What do the judges look for? Get the inside scoop at one of our pre-Fair photo workshops. We’ll show some of the award-winning images from past years, and explain what attracted the judges. We’ll also answer your specific questions as time permits. There is no charge to attend, and even if you don’t enter our competition, you’ll learn some great tips for improving your photos.

Times and locations are subject to change. Additional workshops may be added. Please check back.

Date Time Location
January 18, 2020 1:00-3:00pm George’s Camera
7475 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego 92114
February 1, 2020 1:00-4:00pm San Diego Photoshop Users Group
6250 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego 92115
February 8, 2020 1:00-3:00pm Nelson Photo
Point Loma Plaza
3625 Midway Drive
San Diego 92110
March 4, 2020 7:00pm Darkroomers Photo Club
Photo Arts building
Balboa Park
March 7, 2020 1:00-3:00pm George’s Camera
7475 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego 92114

Speakers & Workshops

Talented photographers will share their knowledge on taking and editing photos in a series of photography workshops during the Fair.

Photography Events

2019 Results

Results by Last Name
Results by Division/Class
Tier 1 Accepted Entries

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