The information below is from the 2018 Fair, and it will give you an idea of what to expect in 2019. Please check back!

Win Cash Awards and Ribbons

Photographers enter their images for more than $25,000 in cash awards and ribbons in the 2019 International Exhibition of Photography at the San Diego County Fair.

Entry Information

Entry materials available: Early January, 2019.
Entry deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019.
Tier 1 notification: Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Delivery for Tier 2 judging: Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
Awards ceremony: By invitation only to exhibitors who advanced to Tier 2.
Exhibit dates: May 31-July 4, 2019.
Exhibit pick-up date: Friday, July 5, 2019.

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The Fine Print

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

The Exhibition of Photography is open to all photographers, 18 and older. Work must be that of the entrant. Group work (2 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.


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

Speakers & Workshops

Talented photographers will share their knowledge on taking and editing photos in a series of photography workshops. For the schedule, please see the Photography Exhibition event page.


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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. Judges will critique your images, and answer your questions.

January 3, 2019 7:00PM Inland Empire Photo Club
28720 Montezuma
Temecula 92590
February 2, 2019 1:00-4:00PM San Diego Photoshop Users Group
6250 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego 92115
February 9, 2019 1:00-3:30PM Nelson Photo Supplies
3625 Midway Dr.
San Diego 92110
February 16, 2019 1:00-3:00PM George’s Camera
7475 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego 92111
March 9, 2019 1:00-4:00PM George’s Camera
7475 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego 921114
San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds