It is time once again (where has the summer gone?!) for the Utah State Fair Photo Contest. The process of entering contests is a good exercise because it motivates you to take a critical look at your body of work and choose images that you would like others to see. The act of printing completes the photographic process and is very rewarding. Printing is a very important part of the presentation of your entries. When you go to look at the other Fair entries, take a few minutes to look at the printing presentation. What paper type was used? Was it a high quality print? Did the cropping enhance or detract from the image? Would a border have helped? Is it well mounted and did it stay that way? We are here to help you with these decisions. We have years of printing experience, and print with state of the art inkjet printers on high quality archival papers.
As an incentive to enter the Fair, we are offering to those who print a winning Fair entry, to bring your ribbon to us (you have every right to show off your accomplishment!), and we will offer you your choice of one of the following:
1) One free size upgrade to the next standard size on your next printing order (ex. from 11×14 to a 16×20).
2) One free mat on your next framing order (we already offer 10% off your framing order if you have your pictures printed at Pixels).
3) One free paper upgrade from photo paper to a fine art paper, which includes canvas, satins, velvet and watercolor paper.
4) One free 10 minute lesson in a Photoshop skill, printing set up, or camera operation of your choice.
Entries can be submitted September 3rd, 4th and 5th at the Fair Park. Go to http://www.utah-state-fair.com/exhibitors_and_competitions/competitive_exhibits/living_arts/photography.php for all the details. This website is an excellent resource for guidance on entering, including criteria for judging and guidelines for making your selection.
It can feel a bit out of your comfort zone to enter a contest. The flip side of this is that it is very satisfying to go through the process and maybe even win a ribbon! Many of our novice photographers at Pixels have propelled their passion forward by entering the Fair contest. In the end, you will have a print that you can proudly display at home or in your office. You can do it!
Come see us! Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday, from 10:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We are at 8934 S. State Street in Sandy and our phone number is (801) 233-9090.