Photographing the Hudson Valley - An amateur photography group with meet-ups, lessons, shows and more.
There are many photography contests around the Orange County Area. Fairs, town festivals, banks and other businesses give out awards for photography. We'll list them here when we learn about them. If you are aware of any contests please contact Jeff Montanye at email@example.com
or call 845-361-2029.
Ulster County Fair in New Paltz
The Ulster County Fair
in New Paltz is a great place to enter your photography. Look for their rules in the PDF file posted on their website: Premium Book
. The deadline is July 15th. Entries to be dropped off on July 28 or 29. Photographs can only be up to the size of 11 x 14 and must be matted. Mats must be of common sizes (5 x 7, 8 x 10, and 11 x 14) with photograph mounted securely. No frames or glass. No loose or framed photographs will be accepted. It is suggested that you cover your photographs with plastic sleeves, or even a secured piece of Saran Wrap. Photo sleeves are sold in stores.
Grahamsville Fair (Little World Fair)
The Grahamsville Fair
in Grahamsville is another great place to enter your photography. Look for their rules in the PDF file posted on their website: Premium Book
. The deadline is August 1st. Entries may be brought to the fairgrounds
on Wednesday, August 15 from 5pm to 8pm, and on Thursday,
August 16 from 9am to 4:30pm. There are no restrictions on how the photos are presented.
Times Herald Record Photo of the day
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The Middletown Times Herald Record has a photo of the day photo contest. They judge the photos entered and place the best on their website every day. At the end of the month everybody votes on the best photo of the month and at the end of the year everybody votes on the photo of the year. The prize is a $200 gift certificate from the current sponsor.
A word of caution, when you send in your photo you agree that the Times Herald Record can use the photo in any way they want to. Also, since the contest is decided by popular vote it becomes a popularity contest, not a photo contest. Don't expect to win because you have the best picture. You're only going to win if you get a lot of people to vote for your photo. This is done for the sole purpose of getting you to bring them more business. They couldn't care less about how good your photo is. But it is cool to see your photo get chosen as a photo of the day.
A juried Photography Exhibition.
September 7 - October 6, 2013
Artists' Reception September 14, 6-8pm
Photocentric is an international juried exhibition presented in the Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center, Garrison, New York.
Entry deadline is June 24th.
For more information visit their website
Pine Island Farmer's Market
In 2011 Pine Island Farmer's Market held a photo contest with images from the Black Dirt area. At the time they were anticipating it to be an annual event but I have not heard if they are going to repeat the contest this year.
Orange County Fair
The orange county fair displays and judges photographs by amateur photographers in several different categories. In 2012 any photo was excepted no matter how it was framed or hung. The fair runs from the middle to the end of July. The cost to enter is $1.00 per photograph. First prize is $10.00. You will receive free passes to enter the fair.
Dutchess County Fair
The Dutchess county fair displays and judges photographs by amateur photographers in several different categories. In 2012 photos had to be a maximum of 11x14 and mounted on photo mount-board. No frames or glass was excepted. The fair runs in August. The cost to enter is $0.80 per photograph and the maximum number you can enter is 12. First prize is $8.00. You will receive free passes to enter the fair.
Pine Bush Bizarre Art Contest
If you have a photograph that qualifies for being bizarre, you can enter it in Pine Bush's Bizarre Art Contest during the UFO festival in May.
State Fair in Syracuse
The state fair in Syracuse displays and judges photographs by amateur and professional hotographers in a few different categories. In 2012 photos had to be mounted or matted in a 16x20 size no matter what the size of the photograph is. The mounted or matted photo must then be mounted on a 16x20 size foam board. No frames or glass was excepted. The fair runs in August. The cost to enter is $8.00 per every 2 photographs and the maximum number you can enter is 6. First prize is $75.00. The show is juried.
I have seen some local banks hold a photo contest for their annual calendars but I cannot remember which corporations they were. If you know of any please contact me.
The Mid-Hudson Valley Credit Union holds such a contest each year but it is only available for their members.