The Iowa State Fair is almost over. While this publishes I should be at the Iowa State Fair having recently picked up the photos I entered in this year’s Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. They’ll be nice and packed up. Ready for the trip home. Ready to be placed in the Photo Contest Trunk. Although at this point, there are actually two Photo Contest Trunks.
Since you can no longer wander around the Photography Salon looking for my picture it is time to reveal the pictures I entered and which one got in…
Not accepted for display.
So every year is different and you never really know what the judges will like from year to year (this year, they were really into clowns and setting steel wool on fire), which is why it makes it one of the most difficult and most prestigious contests in the country. People from all over the United States enter it. Which is rare. For example, the photo contest at the Minnesota State Fair doesn’t even allow people from outside of Minnesota to enter it.
It is an accomplishment to get one picture in.
3169 pictures were entered.
757 pictures were exhibited.
207 received ribbons.
1714 Adult color pictures were entered.
313 were exhibited.
476 Adult black and white pictures were entered.
154 were exhibited.
This is the first time in years where I didn’t enter a flower or black & white picture. I’ll need to correct that next year.
The hardest category to get a pictured exhibited was Color Plants, Flowers & Trees. Only 13% of entered pictures were exhibited.
Finally there were 15 photographers that entered from Boone County.
I suppose I should start making plans for next year’s contest. Getting caught up on the backlog would probably be a good start.