Photography Contests


Photography Division Manager Rusty Sterling

When I was 10-years-old I got my first camera. So photography has been a part of my life for more than five decades. I have gone through a number of phases over the years.

The first real major phase came while I served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. There I got my first serious camera. I also learned to process film and make prints during this time.

The second major phase was while I worked toward my college degree in journalism. As part of that curriculum, I took a number of photojournalism courses and eventually went to work for a newspaper where I was known as a double-threat man — a combination reporter and photojournalist.

I left that career behind sometime ago. But I have not put a camera down since then. Now my photography is dedicated to the art of it. In the last few years I have won a number of awards for my photography, including being named the 2010 Fine Arts Exhibitor of the Year at the San Mateo (CA) County Fair.

I also specialize in photographing musicians, which is a natural arena for me as a musician myself. In that endeavor I do some work as the house photographer at Angelica’s Bistro in Redwood City, CA.

While some of my shooting may continue to appear photojournalistic, I shoot to capture the world as I see it. My fervent desire is to create art that pleases the eye, stirs the heart and soul, makes people pause and ponder, and provokes the mind.

If you wish to enter the San Mateo County Fair’s Photography contests, the Competitive Exhibits entry form can be found at the county fair website.

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