San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Exhibition of Photography

Hours: Fair opening to 10:00PM. The exhibit stays open until 11:00PM Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight on July 4.
Location: 2nd floor, East Grandstand

More than 4,000 entered photos are judged by industry professionals, with 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.

During the Fair, visitors can vote for their favorite photo and view the 2014 "People's Choice" and "Coordinator's Award" photos. Free workshops are offered each weekend for photographers of all levels. Topics include photography tips for cell phones, pets and travel, among others. Scroll down for more details.


2015 Exhibition of Photography


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Special Attractions in the Exhibition of Photography

Attend a weekend workshop to learn from experts on topics such as how to take great cell phone shots to more advanced topics such as focus stacking and aerial drone photography and videography. Photo Workshop details [PDF document will open in a new window]

NEW Competition Categories: Cars and car culture, cell phone selfies, and non-print images. Non-print images will be shown as a slide show in the gallery.



Photo Shootout competition is now closed

Competition information

Please note: The deadline for entering the Exhibition of Photography was April 17.
PDF documents open in a separate (or pop-up) window.

PDF documents open in a separate window General Information (Exhibition of Photography)
PDF documents open in a separate window General Information (Photo Shootouts)
PDF documents open in a separate window Photo Workshop
PDF documents open in a separate window Print and Presentation Specs
PDF documents open in a separate window Online Entry Instructions
PDF documents open in a separate window Local Rules
PDF documents open in a separate window State Rules

Competition Results

PDF documents open in a separate window Results by Class
PDF documents open in a separate window Results by Name
Thank you to our 2015 Exhibition of Photography Donors

American Society of Media Photographers, San Diego
ArtWare Custom Picture Framing
Carlsbad Oceanside Art League
George's Camera
Jim Cline Photo Tours
Michael Seewald Galleries
Seewald Photo Workshops
Museum of Photographic Arts
Nelson Photo and Camera
Oceanside Photo and Telescope
Photo Darkroom, Inc.
PhotoArts Group
The Printmaker.net
San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild
Southern California Association of Camera Clubs
UCSD Extension Digital Arts Center
UCSD Extension Photography Program
Watts Digital Imaging

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Questions?

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