So … this will be a very weird Competition Season 2020. Some of my competition locales are open; others are not, and others … I have no idea. So I’ve decided to practice a special photographic version of “social distancing” here. Follow along with me.
- If I can mail in my entries and they can be mailed back to me, then I will enter.
- If I can submit my entries in a digital format, then I will enter.
- If I can drop off my entries with minimal people around, and pick them up after the fair is over, then I will enter.
- As much as I would love to gorge myself on whatever Frankenfood is being served at the NYS Fair or the Big E, I will NOT be attending any fairs in person this year. There’s no way I can guarantee that someone, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, might transfer COVID-19 to me.
That being said … for the first time in four years, I’m entering pictures in the Washington State Fair. the Washington State Fair has a special digital photo category, and they will limit their images to 1024 pixels wide by 768 pixels tall. Apparently all of the selected images will appear on a video screen. They’re only wanting landscape images, so portrait shots like Five Tickets to Ride Day and Night won’t work in this setting.
I can enter four pictures in the overall category, and up to four in a nature category. There’s also a travel category, I entered one of the maximum four in that section.
And here’s what I entered.
This is the “travel” picture.
Here are the four “nature” pictures.
So these four nature shots should hopefully wow a judge or two. This is actually the first time I’ve ever entered a Boreas Ponds image in competition; I’ve thought about entering it at least twice before, but yanked it out of the short pile at the last minute. This actually works better as a cropped picture.
And now for the four general photos.
After the Rain is my “triple blue” entry, and it still has a chance to pick up one more silk. Brokedown on Maggie’s Farm already has one blue ribbon, maybe it can earn another one. And the other two images are new for 2020.
I uploaded the images, paid my entry fees, and away we go.
Again, I hope the images make the cut. But even if they don’t, at least it’s a 2020 Competition Season entry. So we’ll see.