My entries for the 2019 Durham Fair are …

The Durham Fair is my fifth and final entry in Competition Season 2019.  And I’ve made a bit of an adjustment as to what I enter in this competition.

Please let me explain.

At one point in time, the Durham Fair and the New York State Fair’s photo contests shared the same submission dimensions – prints had to be 16×20 and foam-boarded.  This allowed me to enter one print in Syracuse, and after Syracuse was done, I could turn around and enter it at Durham.

This year, because the NYS Fair changed their submission dimensions to 11×14, that leaves the Durham Fair as the only one in my summer-long “competition season” to have a specific exclusive submission setup.  Granted, I could make a 16×20 print for Altamont, frame it up for Altamont, take it out of the frame after Altamont, and then reuse it for Durham …

But with the new size requirements – I now have the opportunity to try two different prints that weren’t originally earmarked for Competition Season 2019.

I am allowed three submissions, so let’s get to it.  This year, for the 2019 Durham Fair, I’m entering …


Of course I’m entering After the Rain.  It picked up a sweet blue ribbon at Altamont.  It made it to the walls of the New York State Fair, and picked up a ribbon there.  Let’s see if we can keep this going.


Brokedown on Maggie’s Farm. Nikon Df camera, five images combined in HDR construct. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This is a last-minute entry, and it may be Durham Fair-specific – an HDR construct that I hope captures the rugged distress and beauty of a vintage 1974 Deadhead-owned VW.  I thought about entering an infrared print, or a magic motion lenticular print … but this one is just so simple and direct and dynamic, I’m going with it.

And finally…


Five Tickets to Ride Day and Night. AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3 camera, Kodak Instamatic Gold 200 film (two rolls) and Kodak Verichrome Pan B&W film. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

After I finished my Altamont Fair Ferris wheel exposure shot, I really didn’t want to wait until Competition Season 2020 to give this image some love.  So let’s see what can happen if I enter it in Durham.

I shipped these off to my friend Robert Burger’s house – he lives near the Durham Fair and enters his works there each season.  And by the end of September, I’ll do my two-fair “Big E – Durham Fair” visit, and hopefully I’ll see some sweet ribbons next to these pictures.

Let’s hope for good luck this trip!