2018 D8 4-H Photography Contest – Potential Disqualifications


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2018 District 8 4-H Photography Guidelines – pdf


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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
Categories have been updated for the 2017-2018 year.

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.
  • Dogs/Cats
  • Sheep/Goats
  • Pig
  • Cow
  • Chicken
  • Hamsters
  • Horse
  • Goose/Ducks (domestic use)
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.
  • Deer
  • Snakes
  • Birds
  • Elephants
  • Whales
CATCH-ALL Category for photos that DO NOT CLEARLY FIT into one of the other categories.


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
  • 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).
  • Insects
  • Coins
  • Clocks
  • Stamps
  • Ice crystals
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. Graphic design illustrations made in a program such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Digital creations DO NOT qualify in this category.
  • Perspective
  • Line
  • Pattern
  • Shape
ENHANCED A single photo that has been technically manipulated to be an abstract, panoramic, stitched or composite images. 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.
  • Thanksgiving dinner, cakes/pies, fruits and place settings, Easter eggs, sandwiches, ingredients, etc.
LANDSCAPE & NATURE 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
MOTION / ACTION The capture of movement within a single photo. Photos which would clearly fit into another category, such as sports.
  • Horse running across field/pasture
  • Ferris wheel spinning
PEOPLE Photos focus from all walks of life, parenting and family, children, babies, models/ fashion, sports, and couples. NOTE: 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
  • Kids
  • Families
  • 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
  • An upward shot of a tree
  • A flower bouquet
SPORTS Photo that captures individual or team sports. Can be either professional or amateur (human) and the focus could be on the sportsperson, the sport environment, the effort expended, or the conflict/rewards. Must reflect a strong message.
  • Gymnast
  • Football player or team
  • Swimming
  • Rodeo contestant
THEME Theme photo focuses on a subject announced and outlined in the contest rules and guidelines. For 2017-2018 the theme is “BACKYARD”. This creative category will feature photos what one would see when stepping out your back door. Photos should not be a ranch rangeland, but focus on immediate outside area of one’s house.
  • Kids swinging
  • Swimming pool
  • Person mowing the yard
  • Garden/Flower beds
TRAVEL & PLACE This category includes images that express the joys and adventures of travel photography, showcasing place as an important part of the photo. This category can include historic building, ruins, islands, any subject you might encounter while traveling, as long as the photo expresses a sense of PLACE. Photos in the travel and place category cannot be entered in to other categories (landscape & nature), but may be similar; however, photos in this category must depict traveling and experiencing other parts of the world.
  • Disney World/Land
  • Roman Ruins
  • Great Wall of China

Overview of 2017-2018 CATEGORY CHANGES

Updated categories:

  • Digital Darkroom became “Enhanced”
  • New theme announced: “BACKYARD”
New categories:

  • Motion/Action
  • Sports
  • Travel/Place


Removed categories:

  • Marine/Aquatic
  • Night Photography
  • Storyboard



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