With the photography contest, which is sponsored by the Denton Record Chronicle this year, becoming increasingly popular every year the North Texas State Fair decided to move it to Fair Hall this year. After more than 15 years of sharing space with other fair attractions in the Exhibition Hall, the photography contest now has its own space in Fair Hall. Wanda Esker, who has been overseeing the contest for 10 years, is very excited for the move and what it means for the contestants and fair attendees. Over the years the contest has grown from 150 entrees to about 850 and the old venue was becoming quite crowded. By moving to Fair Hall and having a space specifically dedicated to the contest, photos won’t look like they’re on top of each other each will be able to stand out and be properly and proudly displayed.
The photography contest is such an exciting event not only for fair attendees but also contestants. It’s a time for amateur photographers to share what they find moving with the public and for the public to see through other’s eyes and maybe become inspired to enter something the following year.
Many of the contestants have been entering for years and Ms. Esker enjoys seeing them return each year to see how they have grown in life and in art. Contestants are made up by a wide range of people; from children who just received their first camera to someone driving down the road and saw something that caught their eye to 4H members whose organizations incorporated the contest into their programs. Either way all contestants have something to share.
Ms. Esker really appreciates being a part of something so special and personal.
“It is so wonderful to see the light in someone’s eyes as they view the photos and relive a memory, “stated Esker.
One of the highlights of the contest is the People Choice award. Each day viewers vote on their favorite photo and at the end of the fair the winner gets their own plaque and the picture is displayed on a special board for all to see.
“The committee and I always try to observe and guess whose photo will win each year but one can never tell what the public will think” says Esker.
Every year the contest proves to be a spectacular event and this year it will be even more exciting to see how everything turns out this year in its new home. This is one exhibit that should not be missed.