2020 Spring Fair Photo Contest Cancelled

At this time the TPS Board of Directors has decided to suspend the TPS sponsored Photo Salon and competition at the Spring Fair.

If the Spring Fair is moved to a later date this year, we will consider reopening the competition. Otherwise, we look forward to returning next year and seeing all the great photos.

Thank you for your support and please stay safe and stay healthy.


Fall Fair

The Washington State Fair hosts two fairs every year: The Fair, which runs from Labor Day through most of the month of September, and The Spring Fair, which runs for 4 days in April. The Fair, in September, presents a large photo salon with two competitions, The Northwest International Exhibition of Photography, and the Cascadia Photographers Exhibition.

Spring Fair

Tacoma Photographic Society has managed The Spring Fair Photo Salon for over ten years now. We like to think it is a much more relaxed affair. For one thing, all family-friendly entries will be accepted and displayed. All images that place and major category winners receive cash prizes and all awarded entries will receive a ribbon.

To view the complete contest rules, click the Read More button.

To jump directly to the entry form, click here: Entry Forms

Spring Fair 2019 Award Winners

For more information about last year’s competition, please visit this post: 2019 Spring Fair Results

2020 Contest Prizes

As in previous years, we are awarding cash prizes and ribbons. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

PlaceCash PrizeRibbons
Best of Show$150Yes
First Place$100Yes
Second Place$75Yes
Third Place$50Yes
10 Awards of Excellence$20 eachYes
6 Judges’ Choice AwardsYes
10 Honorable Mention AwardsYes
Daily People’s Choice AwardsYes

In addition to the competition prizes and awards, a People’s Choice Ribbon will be awarded each day to the image which garners the most votes from visitors to the Photo Salon. Images that have won the award on previous days will not be eligible for the vote on the following days (only one award per image).

Authorization of Maker

By submitting an entry, the contestant agrees to the rules of the Spring Fair Photo contest. The contestant certifies that he/she is the sole creator and copyright owner of the submitted photograph and authorizes Tacoma Photographic Society to display the image in the Photo Salon at the Washington State Spring Fair.

You retain all rights to your photograph; however, by entering this competition, The Spring Fair Photo Contest, you authorize the Tacoma Photographic Society to use your image to promote this contest in future years. Tacoma Photographic will provide you, as the owner of your image with full attribution should your image be used in such a manner.

Note that while Tacoma Photographic Society discourages visitors to the Spring Fair Photo Salon from photographing the images on display, we can not prevent every visitor from doing so. TacomaPhotographic Society will not be responsible for a visitor’s violation of your copyright by displaying a photo of your work on social media or other forms of publication.


Who Can Enter

The Spring Fair Photo Contest is open to all photography enthusiasts who derive less than 50% of their income through photography.


The Spring Fair Photo Contest is open to any subject. We do reserve the right to not accept any images which are not considered family-friendly or inappropriate to display in the Spring Fair Photo Salon. Such images will be returned to the maker. Tacoma Photographic Society reserves the right to decide what is family-friendly.

Entry Fee

There is an entry fee of $10.00 per image entered into The Spring Fair Photo Contest. Make checks payable to Tacoma Photographic Society or T.P.S. Please include your payment for all entries with your images.

Image Origination

All images must originate in a camera. Images may originate from film or digital. Images may be manipulated in photo editing software by the maker. If challenged, the maker must be able to show the original image or images and describe the process used to create the final image.

Entry Limit

You may enter up to 5 prints.


Entries MUST have a title, the maker’s name, address, and phone number, clearly displayed on the back of the print. This information must be placed in the upper right corner. All entries MUST be clearly marked on the back as to which edge of the print is the TOP.

No Prior Spring Fair Entries

Images entered into prior Spring Fair Photo Contests are NOT eligible for entry into this year’s contest.

Size and Mounting


All prints must be mounted on a stiff backing of matte board, foam presentation board or similar material to enable handling and mounting on the display racks.

Minimum Size

The minimum print size shall be 8″ by 10″ not including the backing.

Maximum Size

The maximum entry size shall be 16″ by 20″ including the backing (prints may be smaller than the backing.)


No names, titles or identifying marks are permitted on the front of the print. Tacoma Photographic Society reserves the right to decide what constitutes an identifying mark.


Entries may or may not be mounted behind a matt board.


Prints mounted in frames of any sort will not be accepted. Likewise, Metal or Acrylic mounted or displayed prints will not be accepted.

Framed Prints or METAL or ACRYLIC mounted Prints will NOT be accepted!

Delivery of Entries

You may deliver your prints, payments, and entry forms to one of these locations.

Tacoma Photographic Society has made arrangements for contestants to drop-off their prints to any one of these locations. We are indebted to these businesses and thank them for their support. We encourage you to make use of their services.

Entries will only be accepted at these locations beginning March 7 through April 2nd, 2020.

10015 Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest
Lakewood, WA 98499
ATTN: Tacoma Photographic Society

110 9th Avenue Southwest
Puyallup, WA 98371
ATTN: Tacoma Photographic Society

11702 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98444
ATTN: Tacoma Photographic Society

Other Arrangements

In addition to the above drop-off locations, Tacoma Photo would be pleased to receive your entries at one of our meetings. You can find information about our upcoming meetings by going to our Upcoming Events > Meetings page.


Proper care will be taken of all prints submitted, but Tacoma Photographic Society or its partners will assume NO responsibility for any loss or damage to your prints while in transit, during judging, or during the exhibition.

Ways to Enter

This year we are offering an option to pay for your entries through this website, or you can use the traditional entry form.

Traditional Entry Form

Open and complete this entry form. Print it and include a copy with your prints and check payment. Drop your prints at one of our drop-off locations.

Website Entry Form

You still have to drop your prints at a designated drop off location, but you can use a credit card to pay for your entries.

Entry Deadline

Entries must be received at one of our drop-off sites no later than close of business on April 2nd, 2020. Submissions will not be accepted once the deadline has passed.

Return of Entries

You have several options for the return of your prints. In each case, you must indicate which option you intend to use on your entry form.

  1. Don’t return my prints – Tacoma Photographic Society is authorized to destroy my prints.
  2. Return my prints by mail – Tacoma Photographic Society is asked to return my prints by US Post. – You must indicate as such on your entry form, and provide sufficient return postage stamps (no cash or checks) with suitable packaging and return mailing labels.
  3. Pick up my prints in person at the end of the fair – Washington State Fair will permit you to enter the fairgrounds to pick up your prints from the Photo Salon. You will be able to enter the grounds free of charge between the hours of 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm on Sunday, April 19th. The Photo Salon is located in the northwest corner of the Showplex Building.
  4. Pick up my prints from a Tacoma Photographic Society Meeting – Thursday, May 7th, 2020 or Thursday, May 21st, 2020.
  5. Other arrangements or Delegation of Pickup – Please provide detailed instructions with your entry.

All entries not claimed by May 31st, 2020 are surrendered without compensation and become the property of Tacoma Photographic Society. Tacoma Photographic Society reserves the right to destroy these prints.

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