Photo Contest


2019 Irish Photo Contest Winners:


1) Andrea Bernhardt, Prior Lake, Mn
2) Peadar Smullen, Rush, Co. Dublin 
3) Rose Shea, Mpls, Mn


1) Andrea Bernhardt, Prior Lake, Mn
2) John Hogan, Mpls, Mn
3) Rose Shea, Mpls, Mn


1) Rose Shea, Mpls, Mn
2) Andrew Stack, Brooklyn Park, Mn
3) Maureen Degnan Woeltgl, Minnetonka, Mn


About the Photo Contest

Shoot and Score in the Irish Fair of Minnesota Photo Contest

How would you like to have a crowd admire your photograph? Now is the time for adventure! The Irish Fair of Minnesota conducts a photo contest every year. Photos are displayed every day during the fair in The Cultural Area, which is in the Pavilion.

Categories for the photo contest include People, Scenery, and Studies in Black & White. Think about the engaging conversations that will occur as you describe how you captured that special moment.

Dig through your old photos, think about a great photo at a Minnesota Irish event, or dream about all the camera shots you can take during your trip to Ireland. Our judges are professional photographers, and you may win a prize!

Irish Photo Competition Entry Guidelines


  • People – One or more persons are dominant subjects in which the photographer portrays an aspect of Irish culture. Winning entries best evoke their subjects’ feelings or spirits.
  • Scenery – The mood of a place, or a setting in which mood is conveyed. There may be people in the photo, but they must be incidental to the picture.
  • Studies in Black and White – Photos of people and/or scenery. Winning entries best use black and white imagery to prompt a feeling or response in the viewer.

All contest entries are displayed in the Irish Fair Cultural Tent for the duration of the Fair.

Photo Contest Rules

  • Open to amateur photographers
  • Maximum two entries per category
  • Size: at least 4x6 inches, but no more than 11x14 inches
  • Entries must be MATTED; no frames permitted
  • Entries must be labeled on front side of photo as to place picture taken
  • Download contest entry form & submit a separate, completed form with each photo
  • Drop off sites: - Irish on Grand 1124 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, 651-222-5151
  • Entries can also be mailed to Irish on Grand
  • Judging is prior to Irish Fair opening. All photos are displayed in the pavilion for the duration of the fair
  • Photos should be reclaimed Sunday, August 11 from 5:00-6:00pm. IRISH FAIR ASSUMES NO LIABILITY FOR PHOTOS NOT CLAIMED WITH THE SPECIFIED TIME.
  • If you wish your photo returned by mail, you must enclose a stamped, self addressed mailing envelope.