2023 D8 4-H Photography Judging – Intermediate – Leading Line

Category Descriptions
Categories have been updated for the 2022-2023 year.

2023 Intermediate - Leading Line

2023 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.

Overview of 2022-2023 CATEGORY CHANGES

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.
  • Chickens
  • Cows
  • Dogs/Cats
  • Geese/Ducks (domestic use)
  • Hamsters
  • Horses
  • Pigs
  • Sheep/Goats
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.
  • Birds
  • Deer
  • Elephants
  • Snakes
  • Whales
CATCH-ALL Photos that do not fit into one of the other categories. A duplicate photo also entered in another category.
  • Long exposure zoomed images
  • Painting with light
  • Polaroid image & emulsion transfers
  • Still-life
  • Flat-Lay Photography
DETAILS & MACRO Getting in close is the name of the game for this category. The goal is to zoom in close on an object to see its finer details or to make small objects appear life-sized or larger that we do not normally get to see with the naked eye.
  • Insect Eyes
  • Veins on leaf
  • Reflection in water droplet
  • etc.
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.
  • Line
  • Pattern
  • Perspective
  • Shape
ENHANCED A single photo that has been technically manipulated to be an abstract, panoramic, stitched or composite image. Other variations are allowed as well.
  • Photoshop composites and creations
  • Images greatly manipulated with a variety of filters
  • Photos with artistic borders
  • Photos stitched into a panoramic
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
  • Cakes/pies, Easter eggs, fruits and place settings, ingredients, sandwiches, Thanksgiving dinner, etc.
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
  • Landscapes/Gardens
  • Scenics
  • Outdoors
This image composition technique features lines that draw the
viewer’s eye from point A to point B, which is the primary subject
  • A river that begins in the foreground and draws your
    attention to a photogenic bridge in the background.
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 obscuring the moving elements. It is also used in low-light conditions.
  • Fireworks
  • Moving water
  • Light trails,
  • Milky Way
  • Light painting
  • Night or low-light conditions
  • etc.
MOTION / ACTION The capture of movement within a single photo. The subject appears stopped or “frozen”  


  • Ferris wheel spinning
  • Sporting Events
  • Horse running across field/pasture
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.
  • Babies
  • Families
  • Kids
  • Portraits
  • Models/Fashion
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.
  • Rose
  • Upward shot of tree
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.
  • Shadows/silhouettes of:
  • People
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Structures
  • Architectures
  • Natural Structures
THEME – The 2021-2022 theme is “My Hometown”. Show what is special,
iconic, unique, or even quirky about your hometown. Capture
what makes it exceptional, historic, fun, or simply the best place to
grow up.
Photos manipulated by software
  • statue, an old home, cityscape, natural area, town
    square, the barber shop, etc.


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