ELIGIBILITY: The same photo or similar photo previously exhibited at the Iowa State Fair is NOT eligible for entry.
ORIGINALITY: Photographers must use their own ideas and concepts when creating their photos. Do NOT copy, duplicate or replicate the ideas of other photographers or previous winners.
ENTRIES: Each photographer can enter up to four (4) photos. There is a limit of one photo per class.
EDITING PHOTOS: The Iowa State Fair photography competition is about the art of Photography NOT Photoshop. Basic editing techniques are acceptable for any of the normal classes. Read the General Guidelines For Entering Photos on page 2.
PHOTO BACKING: All photos must be mounted on 11” x 14” foam core or gator board that is at least 1/8” thick. Exception: Photos in the panoramic class must be mounted on 7” x 20” foam core or gator board that is at least 1/8” thick. Do NOT use mat board or styrene!
PHOTO SIZE: Photos can be any size up to and including 11” x 14” but must be mounted on 11” x 14” foam core or gator board per Rule #9.
ENTRY: Photographer’s name, photo title, date of photo and other text must NOT appear on front of entry.
MATS: We judge your photo NOT the mat. Mat colors should NOT compete with your photo. Mats are optional.
TITLES: We judge your photo NOT the title. The titles are for the public NOT the judges. Please limit titles to three or four words.
PRESENTATION: All photos must be unframed. There should be NO hooks or wires attached to the back of entries. Do NOT cover entry with cellophane, acetate or glass. There should be NO spray adhesive or self-stick adhesive exposed that could damage another person’s photo.
ENTERING IN PERSON
Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Cultural Center
ENTERING BY MAIL
Do NOT mail before Monday, May 21. Entries by mail must be postmarked by midnight
on Saturday, June 9. To enter by mail you must include your entry form, entry fee and
photos in the same package. Make sure to wrap your photos with plenty of packing
materials to prevent them from being damaged during shipment. You can use
either of the two shipping addresses below.
Standard Mail: Iowa State Fair, Photography Salon, P.O. Box 57130, Des Moines, IA 50317.
UPS or FedEx: Iowa State Fair, Photography Salon, 3000 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317.
ADULT DIVISION: COLOR
11 THEME – MUSIC
13 IOWA PLACES & LANDSCAPES (Place or Landscape must be the main subject.)
14 USA PLACES & LANDSCAPES (Place or Landscape must be the main subject.)
15 INTERNATIONAL PLACES & LANDSCAPES (Place or Landscape must be the main subject.)
16 THINGS & STILL LIFE (Inanimate objects. Things that are NOT living or breathing.)
17 PLANTS, FLOWERS & TREES
18 ANIMALS, INSECTS & WILDLIFE
ADULT DIVISION: BLACK & WHITE
21 THEME – MUSIC
23 PLACES & LANDSCAPES (Place or Landscape must be the main subject.)
24 THINGS & STILL LIFE (Inanimate objects. Things that are NOT living or breathing.)
25 PLANTS, FLOWERS & TREES
26 ANIMALS, INSECTS & WILDLIFE
SPECIAL DIVISION: BLACK & WHITE OR COLOR (Open to both Adults and Youth.)
41 ANYTHING GOES! (Does NOT mean any photo! For dramatically computer enhanced or radically altered photos only.)
42 INFRARED, TONED, TINTED & SOLARIZED (Infrared, Toned, Tinted & Solarized photos cannot be entered in any other classes.)
43 HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (All HDR photos must be entered in this class. They cannot be entered in any other classes.)
44 FAIRS, FESTIVALS & PARADES (Any photos where people come together to celebrate an event.)
45 PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES (Any form of transportation. Do NOT stand on or take photos of people
46 AERIAL (Photos must be taken from a drone, airplane, helicopter, hot air balloon, parachute, etc.)
47 ARCHITECTURE (Examples of American and International architecture, both past and present.)
48 FAMILY FARM (Examples of living, working, playing and way of life on a family farm.)
49 SPORTS (Any sports related photos, includes action and non-action photos.)
50 PANORAMIC (Must be mounted on 7”x20” foam core or gator board that is at least 1/8” thick.