I have talked a lot about my love for photography in previous blogs but one thing that I started to get interested in right before I got locked up was submitting my work to various contests. One ‘contest’ that is very consistent and happens every year are local county fairs.
In 2018, I submitted three photographs into the Western Idaho Fair (the county fair in Boise, Idaho). It was confusing how to submit things, but once I got it all figured out, I was able to submit the three aforementioned photos. I remember being able to go to the fair and seeing my pictures hung up on the wall next to various professional photographers.
In this particular fair – my first – I remember as I purchased my fair admission how scared I was to see if any of my photos had actually won a prize. When I walked into the exhibition floor and made my way to the photography section, I was amazed to see that not only one of my photographs received a ribbon, but all three received at least one! In fact, I won the first place ribbon for one photo, the second place ribbon for another photo and on the last one I won the third place ribbon as well as the superintendents’ choice ribbon. I was completely dumbfounded and amazed to see this out of my work. I had no idea that my work was, according to others, award winning.
With that being said, the prison that I am currently at is allowing us to submit hobby craft material into the local county fair. This year I am submitting five photographs, a dream catcher, and a beaded dragon seahorse giraffe sort of thing. I’m excited to see if I actually win a prize. Especially since I am so limited in what I can actually photograph inside of prison walls. I am nervous and have been dwelling on which photos to choose for quite some time. If you are reading this and want to help choose which photos I am going to enter, then hit me up and help me choose! I need your opinion!
1 thought on “The Search for Fair Ribbons”
Hey there Cory. How do we get to see your work? I’d love to see what you’ve been up to.
Herman from South Africa