The Texas 4-H Youth Development Program is excited to release the photography contests for the 2020-2021 4-H Year. The 2020 Texas 4-H Photography Contest Theme is TBD. The arrangement and positioning of items will be strongly evaluated as well as the quality of the photo. Photo should create emotion and have impact! All photos must be the original work of the 4-H member submitting the photograph. No photograph can be submitted which has been taken by other 4-H members, a family member, or any printed/digital source. All photos will be scanned through a reverse image search. Make sure you follow the rules and guidelines closely!!
Photography Dates to Remember:
Bell County Photography Contest
The Bell County Photography Contest entry deadline TBD. The winner of each category in each of the age divisions in the Bell County Contest will advance to the District 8 contest. Senior aged 4-H members that win their category at the county contest will advance to the State 4-H contest as well.
The Bell County Photography Contest entries must be emailed to Sheryl.Long@ag.tamu.edu Do not bring a flash drive.
Please save your photos with the following formatting: FirstNameLastName_Age Division_Category
District Photography Contest will be held at District Roundup on May 1, 2021.
2021 D8 Photography Contest Information
- Rules & Guidelines (includes: Rules, Category Descriptions, Judging Criteria, and Score Sheet)
- Description of Categories
- Judging Criteria
- Score Sheet
Senior aged 4-H members that win their category in the Bell County 4-H Photography contest, will automatically be entered in the State 4-H Photography contest.
Categories – NEW!
|Category Description||What is NOT Allowed||Examples|
|ANIMALS – DOMESTIC Photos focusing on the various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment. To be considered domesticated, the animal must have their behavior, life cycle, or physiology systemically altered as a result of being under human control for many generations.||
|ANIMALS – WILDLIFE Category focuses on animals not tamed or domesticated and commonly found in the wilderness or the bodies of water throughout the country and world. Photos can be of wildlife in nature, zoos, and/or petting zoos.||Photos taken through glass.||
|CATCH-ALL Category for photos that CLEARLY DO NOT FIT into one of the other categories.||Catch-all is not intended for counties to use to eliminate duplicate photos from multiple 4-H members.||
|DETAILS & MACRO Getting in close is the name of the game for this category. We welcome pictures of small details that suggest a larger story. This is also the place for macro photographs (although a macro image of a flower might equally go into the Flowers category).||
|LEADING LINE (New)
This image composition technique features lines that draw the viewer’s eye from point A to point B, which is the primary subject.
|ELEMENTS OF DESIGN Images use of graphic elements of design. Photos that showcase line, shape, pattern, form, texture, perspective, etc. Photo can consist of any subject matter.||Digital creations or graphic designs made in commercial programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator.||
|ENHANCED A single photo that has been technically manipulated to be an abstract, panoramic, stitched or composite image. Other variations are allowed as well.||
|FOOD Category is a still life specialization of photography, aimed at producing attractive photographs of food for use in such items of advertisements, packaging, menus and/or cookbooks.||Photos of alcoholic beverages.||
|LANDSCAPE & NATURE (NON-ANIMAL) The focus of this category includes landscapes, outdoor scenics, nature images, sunsets, urban landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, and farms. Images focus on the beauty of the outdoors.||Photos which primary subject is wildlife or person||
|MOTION / ACTION The capture of movement within a single photo.||
|LONG EXPOSURE (New)
Also known as time-exposure or slow-shutter, this technique involves using a long-duration shutter speed. It can be used to sharply capture stationary elements of an image while blurring, smearing, or obsuring the moving elements. It is also used in low-light conditions.
|PEOPLE Photos focus from all walks of life, parenting and family, children, babies, models/fashion, sports, and couples. All individuals in the photos mush have provided consent and permission as a subject. If requested, a release will be needed from the photographer and the subject.||
A silhouette is an outline that appears dark (typically a single color) with little or no details/features against a brighter background. Recording patterns of light and shade for a desired effect or emphasis is the definition of a shadow. The silhouette or shadow must be the primary subject and focus of the image.
|PLANT/FLORA Photos of interesting, unique, and beautiful flowers and flora. Photography can occur outdoors or indoors. Photo subject should be that of a single flower, plant, bush, tree, etc. Large collections of plant/flora should be considered for entry into the Nature & Landscape category.||
|THEME Theme photo focuses on a subject announced and outlined in the contest rules and guidelines. The 2020-2021 theme is “Forced Perspective” This is a fun technique which uses an optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. The effect is accomplished by camera and subject matter positioning.||photos manipulated by software.||
Each photograph will be evaluated against the following set of criteria. Based on total points awarded for each photograph, the participant will be awarded a blue, red, or white ribbon. The criteria for evaluating the photographs will be:
|IMPACT||(Max Points: 15)||Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of the judging elements.|
|CREATIVITY||(Max Points: 15)||Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.|
|TECHNICAL||(Max Points: 25)||Technical is the quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing, which includes the following aspects:
|COMPOSITION||(Max Points: 20)||Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.|
|SUBJECT MATTER||(Max Points: 15)||Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told (i.e. category the photo is entered into) in an image. Subject matter also includes the center of interest for the photograph or where the maker wants the viewer to stop and they view the image.|
|STORYTELLING||(Max Points: 10)||Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.|
Blue, red, and white ribbons will be awarded to each photograph that is not disqualified.
Champion & Reserve in each category. The photo with the highest point value in each category in each age division will be awarded as the Champion of their respective category. The photo with the second highest point value in each category in each age division will be awarded as the Reserve Champion of their respective category.
Best of Show. Best of Show awards will be given to one photo in each age division. The Champion photo from each category will be considered for the Best of Show award.
Resources and Presentations
- Architecture Photography Tips– Created for the 2013 4-H Photo Architecture Scavenger Hunt
- 4-H Still Life Class for Dec 2013 Photography Workshop
- Using Color Harmonies in Photography
- Dominant Color
- How Using Color Relationships Can Impact Your Photography
- Photo Light Tent Presentation