The Annual Photography Contest at the August 2022 Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee begins on Tuesday, August 22 and lasts during the remainder of the Fair, August 27, Saturday. There is no entrance fee, but money prizes are given in several categories, covering 31 winning photos. This year, prize money totals $1,075. Most of the exhibitors and many winners over the years have not been professionals, although professional photographers are welcomed to participate. Leaders of the Contest are always looking for new talent, so new exhibitors are highly welcomed.
Those who wish to exhibit their pictures are requested to sign up by August 5th by filling out a Registration Form, which can be obtained ( with the Rules ) at the main office of the Fairgrounds in Hiawassee on U.S. Highway 76. Or, participants can print them from the website: https://georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/pageserver/fairforms
Judges will strictly follow the new Exhibiting Rules, so please be sure to refer to the instructions on the Application form. Setting up photos is only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, August 22. Judging starts promptly after set-up on Monday afternoon and may last all afternoon. Therefore, participants can learn about the winning pictures after 5 p.m. that same day. Prize money is awarded on the final day of the Contest. Judges’ names are not revealed but each one is an experienced photographer who comes to the Fair from several cities and states. Photos may not be removed early and will remain in the exhibition hall until the end of the fair’s last day.
The photo exhibit opens to the public on Tuesday, August 23, at 10 a.m. After reading the Registration Form and the Guidelines, participants can have questions answered by contacting the Contest Director, Janet Cosby, through email only at [email protected]. Please do not call the office at the Georgia Mountain Fair.