State Fair Photography question answered

I was asked about matting images for the state fair today.

I spoke to Charlie Starnes-Superintendent of the Photo Exhibit and¬†he said at least 60% of the images that are entered are¬†without matting. He also said many times the judges have a difficult time judging a matted image as the matting is “terrible, poorly done, wrong colors”, etc. His recommendation was to not mat, unless you use very neutral colors, i.e. white or black.

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