2012 AV Fair Photography Information


Presented by the Lancaster Photography Association

Message from this year's A.V. Fair Photography Exhibit Co-Chairs: Douglas Wade & Sue Craft

Fair Volunteers Needed for Photography Exhibit!

For the most authoritative information and 2012 Exhibit Entry Guidelines, please visit the AV Fair Website. The information provided here does not replace what is in the Fair's on-line Exhibit Guide/Premium Book, but is only intended to add further clarification and help on preparing your prints for the Fair.

We would like to encourage everyone to sign up to volunteer as a clerk or exhibit monitor for the photography exhibit, you can do so on the LPA AV Fair Signup Page. For information about being an exhibit monitor, check out the AV Fair Monitor Responsibilities.

Premiums have been increased for both Digital and Print entries for this year. Best of Division is now $50 and Best of Show is now $100. A Sweepstakes Award of $100 has been added. We have a new Digital Class – Portraits. We have a new judging system for juniors using the Danish system, where more awards can be offered per class.

If you still have questions after reviewing this information or have an issue that you'd like to discuss, you may call Douglas Wade at 661-972-2201 or Sue Craft at 661-273-7257.

How to decide which status you should select; Amateur, Advanced Amateur, or Professional

The definition of "Advanced Amateur" was re-written a few years ago to encourage more people to move up. As you may have noticed, some of the classes in the Amateur divisions had so many entries that your chance of winning in some classes seemed quite small. As the rules state, if you've won more than two Blue Ribbons, you're required to move into the Advanced status. However, even if you haven’t won those blue ribbons, it could be to your advantage to move up. You'll be competing with a lot less entries and then there's the prestige of winning in a higher status.

So, it's mostly up to you. If your photography has significantly improved, you should consider entering as an Advanced Amateur.

Note: Whichever status you select must apply to all of your entries in Photography.

Choosing the Classes for your Entries

Your primary decision in choosing which class to enter your photos should be based on the main or dominant theme of the photograph. Many photographs could qualify for more than one class, but your chance of winning is likely to be better if you choose the correct class.

Print Rules

The print rules remain the same as last year, and are quite liberal.

Borders are allowed. This means that the mount-board may be larger than the print, and/or the border may be part of the print.

The maximum size of 16 inches x 20 inches still applies to the mount-board. So, for example, a 12" x 16" print could be mounted on a 16" x 20" board. Here are some examples of your options.

Matting is not allowed

In most cases, we recommend that prints be "flush mounted", which means that the print is the same size as the mount-board. Borders should be reserved for those prints that you really feel will be enhanced by the border.

We do have limited space to hang everyone's pictures. Too many entries with maximum borders could result in an overcrowded and disorderly looking display and may force us to restrict the option of borders in the future.

Adhesives used to mount your pictures to the mount-boards must be the permanent type.

AV Fair Photo Workshop

On June 16th at 6:00pm at the AV Fair’s Harley Davidson Legacy Hall, LPA will present a workshop on how to enter and prepare your photos for the fair. It is open to all.

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