The judges’ decisions from the 2021 Big E Photography Salon

So my Big E photos (and their subsequent ribbons) should be on their way back to me any day now. But with that in mind, the Big E was also kind enough to email me the judges’ results for my two photos, Strasburg Number 90 and Five Tickets To Ride Day and Night. Now, mind…

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The 2021 Big E Durham Fair Double-Dip Photography Competition

Several months ago, when I blogged about my photos and their success at the Iowa State Fair’s photography competition, I received a private email from an Iowa photographer, Ryan Ward. He contacted me, as he had received a postcard that his entries were not accepted, and he wanted to ask if I could look over…

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Results from the New York State Fair, 2021 edition

I still remember the day. It was twelve years ago around this time, and I earned my first-ever ribbon in professional photography competition, an Honorable Mention for a shot called Action Under the Basket, a shot that involved my hanging the rafters above Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, just to get a “straight-down” shot of…

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My 2021 entries for the Altamont Fair are…

I first entered the Altamont Fair’s photography competition in 2009. I didn’t pick up my first ribbon until 2011, and it took a sheep photo in 2012 to gain my first blue silk. Since then, I’ve pulled three blue silks out of the Arts Building displays, including two “triple-blue” prints, After the Rain and Washington…

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The little email from the 2021 New York State Fair Photography Competition

I’m used to many things during Competition Season. I’m used to a postcard of notice from the Iowa State Fair. I’m used to arriving at the Altamont Fair on the opening night, and then slowly making my way to the Fine Arts Barn to see the results. And I also enjoy doing the “double dip”…

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My entries for the 2021 New York State Fair Photography Competition

Last year, due to COVID-19, the New York State Fair’s 2020 season was cancelled.  That meant that the photography competition – which I had entered for the past 11 years – was shuttered for the season. I had six entries, but none could be shown. Nuts. And for the longest while, I was worried that…

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So I heard from the Mohawk Hudson Regionals. And…

I need to take a deep breath. This is different than any of my other Competition Season entries. See, in the past, I’ve tried entering a big prestige art show. And during that time, I tried to hone my craft. I tried getting my photos in these shows. And each time, they’ve been bounced. Then,…

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My entries for the 2021 Big E photography competition

While COVID-19 clobbered all my usual photo competition events, the Big E held a series of online photo competitions, each one with a specific theme. My photo of the Jericho Drive-In – which at that time, was being used to host a high school graduation – claimed a best in category and, technically, its own…

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A little pink postcard from Des Moines, 2021 edition

Okay. Deep breath. There is a pink postcard in my mailbox. Not a canary yellow postcard, as has arrived in the past, but a neon pink one. The postcard came all the way from Des Moines, Iowa, home of the Iowa State Fair, or as I call it, one of the spokes in my 2021…

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My entries for the 2021 Iowa State Fair Photography Competition

And on Friday afternoon … Competition Season 2021 officially began for me. I sent four photos to the Iowa Sate Fair’s Photography Salon. I’ve had some success with Iowa in the past – in 2018, two of my pictures made the walls of the art gallery on the Fairgrounds, with What the Grasshopper Saw taking…

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