This is a free program available to any student currently enrolled at a Kansas college or university.
The student intern must commit to work at least one 3-hour shift at the Kansas State Fair, but may sign up for more than one day if desired. Note: The Collegiate Photography Supervisor reserves the right to limit the number of shifts an intern works.
The intern will primarily shoot candid photos that showcase the people and activities taking place on the Fairgrounds during the first 1.5 hours of his or her shift. The KSF supervisor may also request that the student intern shoot a specific event(s) taking place during that shift. The last 1.5 hours of the student's shift will be used to edit photos.
Recognition and Awards:
People’s Choice Award: At the conclusion of the Fair, 15 photos will be selected as candidates for the People's Choice competition. A panel of professional photographers will select the 15 photos to be voted on. The public will have one week to vote for their favorite of those photos. The intern whose photo receives the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award which includes a Champion Rosette and $50. The photo with the second most votes will receive a Reserve Champion Rosette and $25.
Agriculture Photo: Interns submit one photo depicting an agricultural scene from the Fair (Examples: Competitor with an animal, horticulture exhibit, operation of farm machinery, FFA or 4-H exhibit) The KSF Photo Intern whose Agriculture Photo is selected will have that photo submitted to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions and will receive a Kansas State Fair Rosette and $50.
Agriculture Photo Series: Interns must submit a minimum of three (3) photos and a maximum of five (5) photos depicting a series or sequence of an AG-related event at the KSF. (Example: photo 1: grooming an animal for show, photo 2: showing the animal, photo 3: exhibitor with animal and prize). The KSF Photo Intern whose Agriculture Photo Series is selected will have that photo series submitted to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions and will receive a Kansas State Fair Rosette and $50.
Action Photo: Interns submit one action photo from the Fair (Examples: rides moving/spinning, kids running, animal moving, tractor moving, etc.) The KSF Photo Intern whose Action Photo is selected will receive a Kansas State Fair Rosette and $50.
Food Photo: Interns submit one photo from the Fair showcasing food. Get creative. The KSF Photo Intern whose Food Photo is selected will receive a Kansas State Fair Rosette and $50.
Best Overall Fair Photo: The photography instructor and the Kansas State Fair staff will choose the photo they think best showcases the Kansas State Fair. The 1st place Overall Fair Photo will receive a Grand Champion Kansas State Fair Rosette and $50. The 2nd place Overall Fair Photo will receive a Kansas State Fair Reserve Champion Rosette and $25.
The student must be currently enrolled at a Kansas college or university.
The Collegiate Photography Internship application is listed below. Register by Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Intern needs to bring a digital camera with at least 5 megapixels and a removable data card.
What the Kansas State Fair will provide: A gate ticket, $5 in meal vouchers, ID badge, and Patron cards. A camera card reader and a laptop will be available in the Collegiate Photography Office (located inside the Eisenhower Building Office) for editing the photos for upload to the photo gallery.
Note: Once a student photographer has been a KSF photo intern four times, he/she is no longer eligible for the internship. For instance, if a student was an intern in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, he/she is no longer eligible to participate.
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