2017 D8 4-H Photography Contest – Potential Disqualifications


2017 District 8 4-H Photography Guidelines – pdf


  • Click on the white play button
  • Click “Show Info” at the top of the photo to view the photo number.
  • You may need to use the play, pause, Prev/Next buttons to move through the photos.
  • On the Options tab at the top of the photo, you may select the checkbox to “Always show title and description” if you would like.
  • There is also a full screen button on the bottom right corner of the photo slideshow.
  • Complete the Score Sheet to the right.
  • Be sure you enter the correct photo number shown.
  • Click Submit.
  • Scroll up.
  • Click “Submit another response.”
  • Continue on to the next picture – Right arrow.

Judging Criteria & Point Values

(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 these twelve elements.
(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.
(Max Points: 25)
Technical is the quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing, which includes the following aspects:

  • Allowable amounts of retouching and adjustments (removal of red eye, cropping, minor straightening)
  • Sharpness and correct color balance.
  • Lighting, which includes the use and control of light. The use of lighting whether natural or man-made and its proper use to enhance the image.
  • Posing and capturing of the image
(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.
(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.
(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.
Category Descriptions

Category Description What is NOT Allowed Examples Example Photo
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. Dog, Sheep, Pig, Goat, Cow, Cat, Chicken, Horse, Camel, Goose, Ducks (domestic use), Hamsters.
ANIMALS – WILDLIFE Category focuses on animals not tamed or domesticated and commonly found in the wild throughout the country and world. Photos can be of wildlife in nature, zoos, and/or petting zoos. Deer, snakes, insects, rodents, elephants, etc.
CATCH-ALL Category for photos that do not fit into one of the other categories. This includes such photos as still-life, motion-blur, Polaroid transfers, SX-70 images, handcolored photos. Do not submit a photo in this category which can clearly be submitted in another photography category. Catch-all is not intended for counties to use to eliminate duplicate photos from multiple 4-H members. Polaroid image & emulsion transfers, still-life, long exposure zoomed images, and painting with light.
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). Detail of a knot, a lock, or an abstract close-up – anything as long as it is a tight composition of a detail. Macro examples include parts of a flower bloom, insects, stamps, ice crystals, etc.
DIGITAL DARKROOM Photos are for digital art – images created or drastically altered in software like Adobe Photoshop®. For this category, a 4-H member will submit a minimum of at least two photos that demonstrate the before photo(s) and the altered, or final, digital piece. The multiple photos will illustrate the alterations made to the original photos. All photos should be incorporated into one file for submission. Photoshop® composites and creations, images greatly manipulated with a variety of filters, photos with artistic borders, photos stitched into a panoramic.
DOMINANT COLOR Photos with a dominant color. The dominant element in the image must be a specific color, such as red, yellow, blue, white, black, white, green, etc. Black & White photos, duotones, are excluded from this category. Bowl of lemons, in a yellow bowl, on top of a yellow table covering, with a bright yellow tone sunlighting on it.
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. Category is not for graphic illustrations made in commercial programs (i.e. Adobe Illustrator®) nor for extreme digital creations. Perspective, Line, Pattern.
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. Thanksgiving dinner, cakes/pies, fruits and place settings, Easter eggs, sandwiches, ingredients, etc.
MARINE/AQUATIC Photos of any LIVING ORGANISM in bodies of either fresh or ocean (salt) water. Photos of boats, ships, or fishing supplies. Fish, stingrays, whales, starfish, divers under water, etc.
NATURE & LANDSCAPE 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. Landscapes, Scenics, Outdoors.
NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY Photos taken outdoors between after-dusk and before dawn. Generally these photos are achieved by using artificial light or using a long exposure. This category can include any subject as long as the focus is on the skill and technique used to acquire the photograph. Photos of sunsets, of sunrises or photos taken inside. No sunlight at all. Fireworks, lighting on buildings/structures, animals, plant/flora, people, etc.
PEOPLE Photos focus from all walks of life, parenting and family, children, babies, models/ fashion, sports, and couples. See Model and Property Releases Kids & Family, Models/Fashion, Sports.
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. A rose, an upward shot of a tree, a flower bouquet, etc.
STORYBOARD A storyboard is one digital entry (one photo) that contains three smaller images and minimal text that tells a story. The story should be easily understood by the viewer. This entry is one single file. Three images depicting the blooming of a rose bud at different stages, with the title of “Beginning of Beauty”.
THEME Theme photo focuses on a subject announced and outlined in the contest rules and guidelines. For 2016-2017 the theme is “Reflections”. A photo shot off any naturals or artificial reflective surface. A well-executed shot can show perfect symmetry or a slightly distorted shot. Photos entered into this category cannot be entered into another category of the contest. Photos could be from a lake, a window pane, a mirror, or a polished/waxed car.


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