By Madysen McLain
Gazette Reporter 

Fair photograph gets new focus

 

August 29, 2019



The photography department of the fair usually brings in a lot of entries, and this year some changes are coming, Mary Davidson, multipurpose building superintendent, said.

She said a class for black/white photos and one for color will be introduced.

In addition, a new display technique will be applied in the hopes of drawing more attention to the photo section. The photography section, formerly along the side of the building will be centered.

A display to showcase the fair theme and a display for special contests, like the people’s choice contest, will be added.

“This is always a very popular division,” Davidson said. “There’re very talented people here.”

Another change is entries must be a certain size. Photos must be a minimum of 5 x 7 up to a maximum of 8 x 10 inches.

Davidson said the people’s choice award has always been popular for those entering their photos. People browsing at the fair can grab a piece of paper and write the number of the photo they choose.

On the other hand, the old time photo display does not receive many entries. Those interested can create a two foot by two foot display of pictures from 25 or more years back of their family, or just old photos they have collected.

Several contests will give entries the chance to win cash prizes. The Almota contest for kids in 4H awards $100.

People interested in entering their photos have about nine divisions they could enter ranging from general photography to news photography to photo albums.

“Seeing the different things people capture is my favorite,” she said. “People shouldn’t be afraid to share.”

Davidson was a 4H advisor for 40 years in southern Idaho, until moving to Whitman County. She and her husband purchased a Main Street building where they operate Dusty Attic.

“I’ve noticed that this fair has a good variety and atmosphere,” she said.

There were very few non-blue ribbons last year and the two judges were impressed, Davidson said. People bring their entries to the fairgrounds Tuesday night before the fair, and they all are judged.


 
 

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