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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.

Fair visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favorite photo. Free daily workshops, geared to photographers of all levels, range from "How To Prepare A Photo Trek" to the "Secrets of Zoo Photography." On Wednesday nights, judges will share what they look for as they judge thousands of photos. Please scroll down for more information on this exhibit.

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

Thank you to our 2014 Exhibition
of Photography Donors

ArtWare Custom Picture Framing
Carlsbad Oceanside Art League
George's Camera
Jim Cline Photo Tours
Michael Seewald Galleries
Michael Seewald Photo Workshops
Museum of Photographic Arts
Nelson Photo
North Coast Photographic Services
Oceanside Photo & Telescope
PhotoArts Group
San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild
UCSD Extension Digital Arts Center
UCSD Extension
Photography Program
Vogel Art Fine Art Photography
Watts Digital Imaging

What's New This Year

Crime Scene Photography Workshop, 2:30PM, June 28, 2014.

New competition categories: Large prints (up to 40 inches long) and California State Parks (to celebrate the 150th anniversary of California State Parks). The latter category will be for 2014 only.

Photo Workshops

On many days during the Fair, noted photographers will share their knowledge in a variety of photo workshops. Fair visitors can learn about shooting animals, taking night photos, working with depth of field, and much more.
List of photo workshops [PDF]

Exhibition of Photography
competition results

Listed by Class [PDF]
Listed by Name [PDF]
Listed by Zip Code [PDF]

Photo Shootout
competition results

Listed by Class [PDF]

Exhibition of Photography
competition is closed

ENTRY PICK UP: Monday, July 7, noon-8:00PM.


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

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

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