San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Exhibition of Photography

More than 4,000 entered photos are judged by industry professionals, with only about a third accepted for display in this exhibit. This is one of the largest competitive shows on the West Coast, offering more than $25,000 in prizes and awards.

  • an aspen grove -- Max Vuong
  • Beach Burgers -- Bill Maben
  • Caught in the rain -- Gina Richman
  • Corridor to the Sun -- Evgeny Yorobe
  • Dandelions -- Ahjile Miller
  • Death Valley -- Eric Grimm
  • Doomsday Triumphs -- Lee Kohse
  • Edge of the Golden Gate -- Victoria Quick
  • Elephant Seal Pups -- Valdemar Ascensio
  • Elephants-Tarangire -- Daniel Girard
  • Eternal Unfolding -- Susan Germyn-Francis
  • Foliage Camera Dragging -- James Lawson
  • From Ferris Wheel -- Beverly Brock
  • Generations See Eye to Eye -- Jonathan Bayani
  • Heading Home -- Carol Cohn
  • Icelandic Beauty -- Michele Mccain
  • In the spotlight -- Robera Jacobson
  • Interstitial Spaces Hollywood7 -- Adrian Torkington
  • Koo Koo Kachoo -- David Wiemers
  • Lakeside Rodeo -- CC Reiter
  • Lumen -- Patricia Grabski
  • Mallard -- Mark Wade
  • Marine On Point, Afghanistan -- Lee Kohse
  • Mouse Skull -- David Barto
  • Nighttime at the Wave -- Garry Mccarthy

Enter the Exhibition of Photography competition

You may enter this competition by online registration only. Please download and read the Competition Information (below) prior to starting the registration process.

Enter Online (link)

Deadline for online entry for Exhibition of Photography is April 17, 2015. All entries must be submitted online by 11:59PM (PST). Deadlines for online entry for Photo Shootouts are May 29, June 5, and June 19, 2015. All entries must be submitted online by 11:59PM (PST).

Competition information

Links for PDF documents and rules will open in separate windows.

General Information (Exhibition of Photography)
General Information (Photo Shootouts)
Print and Presentation Specs
Online Entry Instructions
Local Rules
State Rules


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Please contact the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 or email Someone is available to assist you Monday-Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM