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San Diego County Fair: Contests & Competitive Exhibits

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)
Exhibit Hours: 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

Photography workshopLearn 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.

Photography judgeFind 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

PDF documents open in a separate window Accepted Work (Tier 1)
Print (or Reprint) Entry Tag


Thanks for your entries!

Entries are closed for the Exhibition of Photography at the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

Information has been left online for those who are entered in this competition.

You can still enter the Fair's Photo Shootout contest; see the information above.

I Need Info!

2016 Exhibition of Photography Entry Information [PDF format]
2016 Photography Print Specifications [PDF format]
Tips On Preparing Your Digital EntryHelpful tips from Watts Digital, one of our exhibit sponsors
How To Mat And Mount Your Tier 2 EntryA detailed video that shows how to prepare your entry if you make it to Tier 2 judging, from Artware, one of our exhibit sponsors
2016 Local Rules [PDF format]
2016 State Rules [PDF format]
Entry delivery for Tier 2 judging: Tuesday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 18, noon-7:00PM
Exhibit Pick-Up: Tuesday, July 5



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


Thank you to our 2016 Exhibition of Photography Donors

American Society of Media Photographers

Oceanside Photo and Telegraph

Artware San Diego

Photo Arts Group

Carlsbad Oceanside Art League

Photo Darkroom

George's Camera

SCACC (So Ca Association of Camera Clubs)

Jim Cline Photo Tours

San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild

Michael Seewald Gallery

Stephen Burns

Museum of Photographic Arts

UCSD Extension Digital Arts

Nelson Photo & Camera

UCSD Extension Photography

North Coast Photographic

Watts Digital Imaging


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

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