Exhibition of Photography
About this exhibit
With more than $25,000 in prizes and awards, this exhibit is one of the largest competitive photographic shows on the West Coast.
A juried show, it is open to professionals and amateurs throughout the world. About one-third of the images entered are chosen for display.
Dates, Times, Location
Exhibit Dates: Friday, June 3 through Monday, July 4
(The Fair is closed Mondays except July 4, and the first two Tuesdays)
Fair opening to 10:00PM, Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays; 11:00PM, Fridays-
Saturdays; Midnight, July 4.
Exhibit Location: East Grandstand, 2nd Floor
Entry information and judging results are toward the bottom of the page.
Exhibit Attractions and Activities
Learn how to take better photos at free weekend workshops for photographers of all levels, with topics such as "Mastery of Macro Photography," "Confessions of a Pet Photographer," and "Secrets of Successful Travel Photography."
Photo Workshops Schedule [PDF]
NEW for 2016! The Exhibition of Photography will feature a display of cameras and assorted camera accessories, from vintage bellows to more modern digital equipment.
Find out how photos are judged at the Judges Roundtable, Wednesday, June 8 and 15 at 7:00PM. Learn what elements judges look for when they are judging thousands of photos.
What's your favorite? After you've seen the photos on display, vote for the one you like best for the "People's Choice" award, a coveted bit of recognition by the photographers who enter.
Photo Shootout Contests
Photo Shootout Contest Dates: Saturdays, June 18 and 25. Participants bring their cameras or cell phones and have three hours to capture a photo with a special "theme." Afterward, all participants vote for their favorite photos, with prizes awarded to the top three. Pre-registration is required, and you must be 18 years or older to enter.
2016 Photo Shootout Information [PDF format]
2016 Photography Step-By-Step Entry Instructions [PDF format]
2016 Entry Deadline: June 12, 2016, at 5:00PM.
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Accepted Work and Competition Results
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Please contact the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone is available to assist you Monday-Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM