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San Diego County Fair: Contests & Competitive Exhibits

Exhibition of Photography

2016 Competition Deadline: Friday, April 15.
Competition information will be posted sometime between mid-February and mid-March.
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 2015 "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.

2015 Exhibition of Photography

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
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


If you would like to receive reminders on deadlines and other entry information, please sign-up for the Del Mar Fairgrounds mailing list.


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

Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

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