I just heard from the organizers of the New York State Fair. And they think that two of my six submissions have passed the first round of judging.
It’s not six – but it’s two. Two have passed through, and have a good shot of picking up some display space in the Harriet May Mills Art Gallery at the Great New York State Fair.
And I was able to confirm that just because four of my pictures were dismissed in the first round of judging, I am still allowed to submit any or all of the rejected photos if I so choose. Heck, I could submit all six if I wanted to.
So here’s what I’m going to do. First, I’m going to let you all know which two the judges liked – the ones they definitely want to see in the competition. And, to be totally honest, when I found out the information, I was pleased – surprised – shocked – and amazed.
Hard to do all that in the same day.
Here’s the e-mail I received.
Dear Chuck, Thank you for submitting your CD for pre-judging. Although you will be receiving registration for all your entries the judges have requested the following for final judging:” The Agfa Bridge Over Ansco Lake” and “Lodge’s in Polaroid PolaBlue” . Please have these two ready for actual delivery on the receiving days in Aug. Sincerely, Gail Glagola Fine Art & Photo Superintendent
So the two that the judges definitely liked and want to see for the final judging round are:
Now granted, the “Still Life: Coca-Cola Picnic” shot was my first attempt at a still life, and I aimed that image more for consideration at the Big E. I can see why the judges might not like that one. And the “9-11 Never Forget” picture – which, believe it or not, I got a glowing review on my flickr site from fellow photog Bennett Campbell – was dismissed as well.
The other two that got bounced – “The Railsplitter” and “Midnight at the Palace Theater” – were surprises to me. I thought at least one of those might get through.
So now I have to think about this.
The Fair judges DEFINITELY want to see “The Agfa Bridge Over Ansco Lake” and “Lodge’s in Polaroid Polablue.” So those two are definitely getting printed and dry-mounted. No question about that.
But let me ask you this.
Should I consider entering one or two of the other pictures – “Midnight at the Palace Theater” and “The Railsplitter” – just for the hell of it? Both of them are going to be entered in the Altamont Fair competition, so it’s not like they’re getting completely shut out of competitions.
And this doesn’t mean that I’m out of the woods just yet. My photos have only gotten past one round of judging. There’s another set of judges, and my stuff – even the ones that passed the first round – could still get dismissed.
No question – I’ve got to foam-board two entries. But should I foam-board one additional entry – or maybe two? And the cost of foam-boarding and dry-mounting is going to come out of my back pocket, so I also have to consider my budget.
So here are the two that I want to consider entering into the competition anyway.
So here’s what I can do. In addition to foamboarding the Agfa-Ansco photo and the Lodge’s photo, I could:
- Prepare “Midnight at the Palace Theater” for entry.
- Prepare “The Railsplitter” for entry.
- Prepare both of them for entry.
- Prepare neither, and just go with the two entries that the judges currently heart.
What to do, what to do…
Help me out, readers?