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Indy Photo Coach Indiana State Fair Photo Competition

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Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM (EDT)

Indy Photo Coach Indiana State Fair Photo Competition

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Registration for public participants who have not taken an Indy Photo Coach course.
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Indy Photo Coach 2012 Indiana State Fair Photo Contest Winner

Photo by Ryan Shaffer

Photographers across the state are invited to join Indy Photo Coach's annual photo competition at the Indiana State Fair. This event provides photographers of all skill levels with the chance to have fun, challenge themselves, and win prizes worth almost $1,000.

This competition has long been a favorite of our photography students. It's a great way for photography lovers to get together, have fun and do what we love to do — capture great moments. The mix of lights, people, and activities provides a visual feast and endless photo opps. And, for the first time, Indy Photo Coach is opening this competition to the public.

The 2013 Indy Photo Coach State Fair Social Shoot takes place on Saturday, August 10th and begins at 6 a.m., when the Fair opens.

The photo competition guidelines are as follows:

  • Registered participants will receive a confirmation email with competition details upon registering.
  • All participants will receive an email with the four competition categories at midnight on August 10th.
  • Participants can begin shooting at 6 a.m. on Saturday. All photos submitted for consideration must be taken between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 10th. Photos taken outside of this time frame will be disqualified.
  • Photos can be submitted for each or all four of the categories. Each category will be judged independently by a team of judges.
  • The deadline for submitting photos is 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 11th.
  • Prizes will be awarded for 1st place in each category, along with one “Best of Show”… a total value of almost $1,000 in prizes.


Best of Show - 1 certificate for 2 IPC private lessons ($280 value)

1st Place per Category - 1 certificate for a second level IPC course ($170 value)


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Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

There is no age limit, but parents must include an approval message for minors (under 18) in the submission.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact us at


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

No. The registrant must be the one taking the photos and entering them for the competition.


Can I update my registration information?

Yes, please contact us with any changes and we will amend your information.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, the Indy Photo Coach photo competition is separate from the Indiana State Fair. We will host a meet-up of participants wishing to connect at the Fair at noon on Saturday, August 10th outside of the Home & Family Arts building. Participants must pay their own way into the Fair. Discount tickets are available at CVS Pharmacies or online.



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When & Where

Indiana State Fair
1202 E 38th St
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM (EDT)

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Indy Photo Coach

Indy Photo Coach is a unique photography school focused on offering hands-on, personal instruction to Greater Indianapolis area residents at an affordable price. IPC instructors are professional photographers with a passion for photography and a talent for teaching. We have taught thousands of local photographers -- from hobbyists to pros -- and we're looking forward to meeting you and helping you to improve your digital photography skills.

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2013-08-06 18:10:59

Thanks for registering for the Indy Photo Coach Indiana State Fair Photo Competition. We are excited for another fun event that brings photographers together to do what we love to do best -- capture memories.

This email contains all of the information that you need to participate in the competition EXCEPT the categories. These will be sent to you late Friday evening via email. Please keep this email as you will need to refer to it later when you submit your images for judging.


YOUR PERSONAL IPC COMPETITION ID # is the last three digits of your Eventbrite order number  (i.e. If your Eventbrite order # is 7602582529-192358735, then your IPC Competition # is 735. You will need this when you submit your images.)


SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th – Shoot Day

You will receive the four categories early Saturday morning.

1) Arrive at the Fair at any time most convenient for you.

2) Photos entered in the competition must be taken between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., Saturday, August 10, 2013.

3) Categories can be interpreted creatively, so don’t be afraid to use your imagination in shooting.

4) We’re meeting up at noon outside of the Home and Family Arts building (near the front steps) for a group lunch. Please join us for lunch on the hillside with your photog friends.




To submit your photos to the competition, please follow these instructions:

1) Select your images (1 per category maximum)

2) Convert images to JPEG (.jpg) file format if necessary.

3) Rename each image as “Category-Contestant#” (ex: If you are Contestant #734 and the image is for category 2, name your image 2-034.jpg)

4) Compress photos into a Zip file.

5) Rename the Zip file with your contestant #: “”

6) If your file is too large to email, visit to upload the file.

7) Email to:

Deadline for image submission: 8:00 pm Eastern, August 11, 2013.

Please allow up to 2 weeks for judging and winner announcement.


 Indy Photo Coach Indiana State Fair Photo Competition
Rules and Policies
August 10, 2013

1. Indy Photo Coach strives to promote the city of Indianapolis by furthering the arts through personal photography instruction, classes and events.

2. In order to be eligible for participation in IPC’s Social Shoot Competition, a photographer must agree to and abide by all Rules & Policies associated with the competition.

3. The IPC Indiana State Fair Photo Competition is open to photographers of all ages: amateur, professional, and juniors alike, regardless of gender, race, or nationality.

4. Current Indy Photo Coach employees, instructors and judges are ineligible to enter.

5. There are four (4) “judged” categories in this competition. A Photographer may enter a maximum of one (1) photo per category for a total of four (4) entries using their registration number. Registered participants will receive an email with the categories at midnight on August 10, 2013.

6. For all judged categories Photographers must photograph within the boundaries of the Indiana State Fair property. The competition boundaries are marked or divided by Winthrop Ave, 38th St, Fall Creek Pkwy and 42nd St. The subject matter or scene of entries must be within the boundaries of this said region.

7. Photographers must email images that were captured during the legal time of the competition, by the entry deadline of 8:00pm (Eastern), August 11th, 2013.

8. No entry may be vulgar; offensive to ethnic, religious, or minority groups; or determined by the judges to be unsuitable for "family" viewing. Photographers are strongly advised to use their best judgment to ensure that an entry is "appropriate." But if discrepancies or public concerns are raised, a majority of judges have the right to disqualify any entry. All decisions by the judges are final.

9. After a round of pre-judging (each category judged separately), final entries will be scored by judges independently in these four skill areas:
• Artistic Merit and Composition (1-10 points)
• Technical Quality (1-10 points)
• Originality (1-10 points)
• Level of Photographic Challenge (1-10 points)

10. Only JPEG images will be accepted. Please convert your file-types if necessary.

11. Upon submission, a photographer must provide their assigned competition number. This number will be used to keep their identity a secret during the judging stage.

12. If a competition submission is made by a minor under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must submit the photographs by email and include a notice of permission for the minor to compete.

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