Dakota County Fair on August 11, 2012.  Photos by Ackerman + Gruber

Dakota County Fair on August 11, 2012 © Ackerman + Gruber

Few events are more quintessentially Americana than a State Fair. Colorful characters and atmosphere

collide amidst an abundance of food, rides, and local culture. These fairs draw crowds from all over the immediate and surrounding area to showcase their livestock, agricultural feats, and state pride over a few fun-filled days. Whether you are a spectator or regular participant in state fair activities, we want to see your photographs of this fascinating American tradition.

Our judge will be Kat Kiernan, Editor-in-Chief of Don’t Take Pictures. As the former Owner and Director of The Kiernan Gallery, she has designed and managed numerous thematic exhibitions, curating both solo and pop-up shows. She has reviewed portfolios for Photolucida’s Critical Mass, PhotoNOLA, FotoWeek DC, and lectured on photography at various institutions. Kat currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where she works as an art critic and photographer.

Top three winners will receive a free one-year subscription to Squarespace, the intuitive website publishing platform that makes it simple for photographers to build creative and professional sites with their combo of award-winning designs, hosting, domains, and commerce. Selected photos will run on the Feature Shoot website and be promoted through our social media channels. Copyright remains with the photographer.

To submit, email up to five images (620 pixels wide on the shortest side, saved for web, no borders or watermarks) titled with your name and the number of the image (ex: yourname_01.jpg) to fsgroupshow (at) gmail (dot) com with “State Fair” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions within the body of the email.

Deadline is December 15.

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