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ENTRY FORMS & PHOTOGRAPHS DUE AUGUST 1, 2021

The Big E Creative Arts Theme for 2021: "20”

Use your imagination and Be creative!


As we continue to plan for The Big E fair to be held September 17 through October 3 of 2021 our

exhibitor handbooks and schedules are subject to change and we suggest you request to be added to the email lists of the departments you are entering, follow the department Facebook page, or check our website frequently for updates.

Email CreativeArts@TheBigE.com to request to be added to be added to our email list.

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ENTRIES NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2021 BIG E

Photography and Fine Arts entries must be submitted online with image by August 1.

Departments

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO-GRAPHY

Color and Black & White 
MASSACHUSETTS AGRICULTURE PHOTOGRAPHY

MASS. AGRI-CULTURE PHOTOS

Taken in Massachusetts -agricultural in nature and/or depicting agricultural aspects of Massachusetts fair.  
RESULTS

RESULTS

All photos must be submitted online to be juried.Only those works selected will be invited to submit printed and mounted photos for The Big E Creative Arts Competition.An email will be sent to entrants and juried results will be posted online by 5:00 pm on August 17 for notification of accepted photos. Award of premiums and awards will occur from the physical pieces after they have been delivered to the Creative Arts Dept. on receiving day (see chart above) and meeting all entry requirements.

Please read the rules carefully for details on submitting your photography. All those entering are required to read the Creative Arts Rules & Regulations in addition to the Department Rules.

2021 IMPORTANT DATES
August 1: Entry Form AND Photograph to be submitted online. https://TheBigE.fairwire.com/ No entries will be accepted after August 1.
August 2-17: Jury Review
August 17: 5:00 pm Entrants notified by email
September 2: Receiving accepted entries 8 am to 6 pm in the New England Center
September 3: Judging, closed to the public
October 4: Release of exhibits 12 pm to 7 pm
October 5: Release of exhibits 8 am to 1 pm
November 1 All unclaimed items become the property of Eastern States Exposition and will be disposed of as deemed necessary.

For additional Information, please contact Creative Arts at Creativearts@TheBigE.com or call 413-205-5015.

The Big E has an attendance of over one million visitors each year. Award donors provide valuable incentive for our exhibitors.If you would be interested in donating an award for this contest please contact creativearts@TheBigE.com or via phone at (413) 205-5015.

Volunteering during the Fair entitles you to an entry pass as well as a vehicle pass. Please consider volunteering for Creative Arts as an avenue to share your love of the arts while chatting with the public and other volunteers.

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

IF YOUR ENTRY IS ACCEPTED FOR DISPLAY

Example of photo mounted to foam core with NO Matting.  

ACCEPTED ENTRIES:

  • Entry Mounting and Size Limitation
    • Photo Size Range:8” x 10” to 9” x 12”, vertical or horizontal.
    • All photos must be mounted on 11” x 14” foam core that is at least 3/16” thick. No matting is allowed.
    • Please be advised that Velcro will be affixed to the back of each photo for display purposes.
    • Any exhibit not complying with these specifications may be disqualified and may not be displayed.
    • If an actual object does not “match” the digital image which has been accepted, (i.e., if the digital image has been manipulated for appearance) then the actual object will not be accepted for exhibition.
    • No hangers or frames of any kind
    • No cardboard
    • No tape that is not designed for photograph mounting

To mount your 8”-9” by 10”-12” photo onto 11” by 14” solid color foam core with NO Matting (Suggested instructions):


  1. Draw in light pencil, a rectangle on the center of foam core that is slightly smaller than your photograph to be used as a placement guide. You may also use an 11x14 mat with an 8” x 10” opening to trace a placement guide onto the foam core.
  2. Place your photograph face down on a clean surface. Apply double sided adhesive all the way around the edges, as close to the edge as possible and an adhesive strip in the center of the photo, or spray the back with an adhesive spray.
  3. Place your photograph in the center (both vertically and horizontally) of the 11” x 14” foam core using the guide you drew on in Step 1.
  4. Using a soft cloth, press down in the middle of the print. Then swipe from the middle out to one corner, smoothing the print down flat as you press down the adhesive on the edges. Continue swiping from the middle out to make sure the print is as flat as possible.
  5. On the back of the foam core, place the entry tag provided in the email that was sent with the confirmation email of your acceptance. The entry tag can be printed in color or greyscale. Trim the entry tag to approximately 8 ¼” x 6 ½”. This should be taped face up on the back of the foam core, top center.
Sample of Photo Entry Tag emailed to exhibitor with acceptance email.  
Entry Identification
  • All exhibitors must affix an official entry label to the back of the photo that was emailed to the exhibitor with notification of acceptance. You may print the entry label in color or greyscale. Please trim to 8 1/4" x 6 1/2"
  • Put entry label facing up on the back at the top of the middle of photo as we affix sticky back hook and loop fasteners to the 4 corners of your photos for display purposes.
  • If you did not receive the confirmation email with an entry tag/Label and you have confirmed your name is on the list of accepted photographs to be displayed, please email tbrown@thebige.com.
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