News from the Big E Photography Competition…

Competition Season 2018 is in full swing.  And over in Springfield, Massachusetts, home of the Eastern States Exposition – the large, six-state late summer fair – I’ve received news about my photo submissions.


The Big E has made some changes in their photo competition.  Due to the limitations in available wall space at the New England Center – the building that hosts the photography competition, among other events going on there – entrants are limited to two submissions.  And this year, because there have been an increase in entrants over time to this popular contest, candidates were asked to submit their images digitally – which, in turn, would be pre-judged.  Only the ones deemed acceptable for entry would be allowed through – those entries would need to become physical copies and brought to the Big E later this month.  THEN the actual ribbon judging would take place.

Washington County, 2:30 am. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/24 lens, flipped to black and white with Google Nik Silver Efex Pro. Photo (c) 2018 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

And the Big E operates on the Danish judging system, where you aren’t competing against other photographers – your photo is judged based on a standard, 100-point formula, and the closer you got to 100, the more valuable your ribbon becomes.  So you could go to the Big E’s photography competition and see thirty different first place ribbons in the photography competition.  It can happen.  Their photographers are quite good.

The Mahari Stream. Nikon Df camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 lens, f/11, ISO 200, 1/2 second. (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Anyways, I submitted two entries this year – The Mahari Stream, my flowing shot of a rain-choked flow near Mount Rainier in Washington; and Washington County 2:30 a.m., my attempt at capturing the Rexleigh Bridge with a Milky Way in the distance.

Trust me, I’m not horsing around here.

I submitted both entries, and waited for the results.

Meanwhile, both pictures have experienced their own successes in Competition Season 2018 – Washington County 2:30 a.m. claimed a bright blue ribbon for first place at Altamont, while The Mahari Stream glistened with a third-place silk.  However, both pictures were snuffed at the New York State Fair, where I found out the acceptance rate for entrants this year was 20%.  Mahari Stream didn’t fare any better in the Iowa State Fair competition, as itcouldn’t surpass the 23% acceptance rate for that show.

However, I did find out earlier this week that both The Mahari Stream and Washington County 2:30 a.m. made the cut at the Big E.  They will be accepted into the physical show.

I know what that means.

The minute I saw the e-mail with the good news, I immediately contacted my pro lab of choice, McGreevy Pro Lab.  Gotta make up some 11×14 prints of both pictures.

And my final fair of the year – the Durham Fair – is on the horizon.

And due to space limitations and increase demand, they too are reducing their acceptance rate to THREE prints, down from four last year.

So I have to be extremely judicious in my selection for that competition.

But I hav a good idea as to what I’m considering submitting.

We shall see…