Alternate photographic options at the Altamont Fair

As you know, I’ve entered my photographs at the Altamont Fair’s photograrphy competition for the past decade or so.  Some years I’ve been successful – a blue ribbon for Farrell, a second-place silk for Midnight at the Palace Theater, lots of love for Vivaldi’s Pond and Aerochrome Falls and The AGFA Bridge Over Ansco Lake

And I’ve always encouraged my readers who want to enter their own photographs to participate in the Fair’s photo competition.  You are allowed a maximum of four framed photos, and all the phtoos are displayed in the Fine Arts Barn for the entire duration of the Fair.

But what if you wanted to enter three more photos?  For a total of seven images?

You can do this.  I’ve done this.  And I’ve won ribbons in this endeavor.

Let me explain.

The Jumbuck. Photo by Chuck Miller.

In addition to entering your pictures at the Altamont Fair’s photo division, you may also enter a picture in the “Sheep Photography” category.

This is not held in the Fine Arts barn, but instead is held at the sheep and wool barn in the center of the Altamont Fair campus.  You get one submission only, which can be submitted in one of three disciplines – black and white, color, or “fun photo.”  The photo can be one of four sizes – 3 ½ x 5, 4 x 6, 5 x
7, or 8 x 10.  It must be framed and ready to hang on the wall.

Oh yeah, and there will be ribbons and prize money available for this.

For more information on the sheep photography category, go to this link.

Now what if you’ve taken a picture of a goat?

Guess what … there’s a category for that as well.

Rutland the Goat, blue ribbon award winner in the goat photography category. Award-winning photo by Chuck Miller.

You may enter a maximum of one photo in the “Goat Photography” category.  This is held in the same barn as the sheep pens.  And like the sheep photography category, you’re allowed to enter that one photo in either one of three categories – black and white, color, and “fun photo.”  Entry fee is $2 for the photo, and you’re also looking at ribbons and money for this image.

As in the sheep photography category, your sizes include 3 ½ x 5, 4 x 6, 5x 7, or 8 x 10   Photo must be framed and ready to hang.

So if you want more information on entering this category … go to this link.

And you’re thinking … wow, Chuck, this is cool if you’ve photographed a goat or a sheep … but what if your forte is photographing hens and roosters and baby chicks?

Guess what …

Jailbreak. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Yep … you got it …

There’s a category for photographing pullets.

This one is a bit different.  It’s a “Poultry Arts and Crafts” category, and your one entry can be either a photograph (b&w or color, framed and ready to hang), or a poultry-themed garment, or some hand-made poultry decoration, or a crafted “egg art” piece. There’s also subcategories for sculpture and fine arts, such as painting or charcoal pencil art.  So if you want to challenge your inner Ben Austrian, here’s your opportunity.

And yes, there are prize ribbons and money for this category as well.

Entry fee is one dollar for an adult entry, no charge for a youth entry.

For more information, visit this link.

Let’s face it.  The Altamont Fair is a very inclusive event.  It brings three counties together – Albany, Schenectady and Greene Counties – and it allows all of us to enjoy creativity and wonder and entertainment together.

That’s fun in and of itself.

Hope to see your photos and artworks at the Altamont Fair this year.