My entries for the 2017 Durham Fair photo competition are…

The Durham Fair’s photo contest, held in Durham, Connecticut, is my final entry in Competition Season 2017.  And although I’m still hopeful of more ribbons from the Big E, this year’s submissions to Durham stand as my final chances for silks and coin.

In three consecutive Durham submissions, I’ve claimed three blue ribbons – in 2013 for The AGFA Bridge Over Ansco Lake, in 2015 for Jessica: Instamatic Dichotomy, and in 2016 for Jesus Saves.  And since I am allowed a maximum of four entries, I’m hoping that any one of these four submissions claims another ribbon of blue.

And they include:


What the Grasshopper Saw. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens with Kenko 180° lens attachment. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This little picture claimed a third-place silk in Iowa – essentially the first-ever ribbon any of my shots have garnered at the Iowa State Fair.  Smile.


Stone, Saltwater, Surf and Seagulls. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

My Atlantic City morning shot has two chances to claim its first ribbon – I’ve also entered this piece at the Big E’s Photography Competition.  Does this have any chance to claim a silk in New England?  Fingers crossed.


Step and Pivot. AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3 camera, Kodak Ektar 100 film. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Even though Step and Pivot hasn’t claimed the silks I feel it should have garnered, it was my third-ever acceptance at the Capital District Photo Regionals, and it received an award during that event.  And like Stone, Saltwater, Surf and Seagulls, I’m entering this picture both at Durham and at the Big E.  Two possible ribbons?  One for each neon step?

And finally, a last-minute swap-out to enter, as my fourth image…


The Cumulo-Nimbus Eclipse. Nikon Df camera, HELIOS 81-H 50mm f/2 lens, Thousand Oaks Solar filter, five images combined. (c) 2017 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

True story.  The evening after I captured this image and assembled it into the picture you see here, I e-mailed my print shop of choice, McGreevy Pro Lab, to print this for me.  Durham will be its first public appearance, and if it shows well there … who knows?  A possible appearance in Competition Season 2018?

So can What the Grasshopper Saw earn its second silk in 2017?  Can Step and Pivot or Stone, Saltwater, Surf and Seagulls claim two ribbons in one day?  And can The Cumulo-Nimbus Eclipse take a ribbon barely a month after it was photographed?

I’ve already registered all four entries for submission, now I must send these entries to my friend Bob Burger, who lives in Durham and who introduced me to this fair.

Fingers crossed.