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Dr Kim IngoldFrom this day forward our NC 4-H Photography contest will be known as the Dr. Kim Ingold 4-H Photography Contest. In loving memory of our dear friend.
Dr. Kim Ingold developed her love of photography as a Stanly County 4-H member. Throughout her 4-H career, Kim was involved in county, district, and state events, which developed her photography skills. Kim was inducted into the NC 4-H Honor Club (our service organization with over 3,000 members with outstanding records of achievement and service involvement and dedicated to making the best better). Kim was a valued Honor Club member and believed in its mission of giving back to the community. When Kim aged out of 4-H, she became a treasured 4-H volunteer, attending most state level 4-H events to capture our memories through her photography. She was passionate about educating youth in any way she could. Kim was always there with camera in hand and more importantly there with a smile, a kind word, and a hug. She will forever be missed in the North Carolina 4-H family.

This statewide annual contest highlights North Carolina 4-H’ers’ photographic achievements. The winning photos are then displayed on the North Carolina 4-H Photography Contest website.

New category for 2022:  SPECIAL EFFECTS:  Create photographs that have special effects. Position a friend so it looks like a tree branch is growing out of their mouth. Maybe take a photo where everything is blurred except the focal point. You could create an image of someone that has an extra set of hands or legs. Use a crystal ball to capture a reflection. Maybe take a photograph of your friend holding up a building with the palm of their hand or one of their fingers. Whether it’s a picture taken at home or while you are on vacation, EXPLORE photography. Be CREATIVE! Take the time to research how to take the best picture possible and Practice, Practice, Practice. The Photography curriculum from Shop 4-H is a great resource. You may also want to talk with a professional photographer to get their perspective. Have FUN!!

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2021 Winners: 4-H in Action, Junior Division

1st Place:  “More than just the power of wind…..but the power of minds!” by Halle Taylor, Onslow County

Youth at a creek demonstrating the Power of Wind

2nd Place: “Sharing a Snack with Miniature Horses” by Magdalene Parker, Sampson County

Girl feeding Miniature Horses a snack

3rd Place: “Gracie & Dealin” by Hannah Mourglea, Burke County

Youth riding a black horse

4th Place:  “Painting the Seed Bank for the WIC Garden” by Lola Wilbanks, Yadkin County

4-H'er painting a wooden raised bed for a garden

5th Place: “Creating Clovers” by Kyson Kowalski, Carteret County

Girl sitting on a white sheet with green 4-H clover printed on it.

Honorable Mention: “Shooting for Your Goals!” by Norah Kowalski, Carteret County

4-H'er shooting bow and arrow

2021 Winners: Nature’s Beauty, Junior Division

1st Place: “First Buds” by Lillian Chadwick, Johnston County

Light purple flower

2nd Place: “The Way I See the Beach” by Norah Kowalski, Carteret CountyBeach sunset scene with bird flying by

3rd Place: “King of Flowers” by Miles Pica, Chatham County

Monarch butterfly on bush

4th Place: “Skyline from Devil’s Courthouse” by Henry McMahan, Jackson County

View of mountain skyline

5th Place:  “Pawpaw’s First Car” by Reece Jones, Yadkin County

Antique car with rust on it

Honorable Mention:  “Baby Toad” by Lola Wilbanks, Yadkin County

baby toad

2021 Winners: My Best Friend, Junior Division

1st Place:  “My Friend is a Horse, Of Course!” by Charlie Jarvis, Yadkin County

4-H'er and her white horse

2nd Place:  “Rosie the Hedgehog Smiles Hello” by Magdalene Parker, Sampson County

Hedgehog in a shelter

3rd Place:  “Hero” by Joseph Hicks, Catawba County

Dog in a sweater and doggie boots in snow

4th Place:  “Beach Buddies” by Sayla Kowalski, Carteret County

2 girls in sunglasses on beach holding hands and jumping in the air

5th Place: “America” by Laurel Evans, Harnett County

goat standing in front of red Farmall tractor

Honorable Mention: “Paws and Ponder'”  by Bethany Copeland, Carteret County

Dog with red ball in his mouth

2021 Winners: 4-H in Action, Senior Division

1st Place: “4-H Member Bracing Doe” by Gillian Grimmick, Johnston County

youth working with boer goats

2nd Place: “Hannah Preparing for Horse Show” by Gracie Mourglea, Burke County

4-H'er with horse in front of gazebo

3rd Place: “4-H Candlelight Ceremony” by Laurelyn Ridge, Forsyth County

Honor Club Virtual Candle lighting Ceremony

4th Place: “Catching a Shot” by Hannah Lee, Polk County

Youth taking a picture with a digital camera in a field

5th Place: “4-H Archery” by Jacob Hanlon, Burke County

boy shooting his compound bow in front of a flower garden

Honorable Mention: “Funny Friends” by Chloe Allen, Johnston County

two state 4-H officers with their 4-H masks on, one making a funny face

2021 Winners: Nature’s Beauty, Senior Division

1st Place: “Sunbathing Lady” by Laurelyn Ridge, Forsyth County

lady bug on tall grasses

2nd Place:  “New Growth” by Chloe Allen, Johnston County

some new plants growing up through the soil

3rd Place:  “It’s Electric!!! ( Boogie Woogie, Woogie)” by Sydney Tucker, Yadkin County

lightning shooting across the sky in a black and white photo

4th Place:  “Moon Jellyfish ” by Gillian Grimmick, Johnston County

jellyfish photo in blue water

5th Place:  “McGalliard Falls” by Jacob Hanlon, Burke County


Honorable Mention:  “Wilson Lake Trail” by Daniel Boren, Wayne County

dirt path in wooded area

2021 Winners: My Best Friend, Senior Division

1st Place:  “A Farmers Friend ”  by Kylee Harris, Orange County

dog in front of farm equipment

2nd Place:  “What Do You Mean, I’m Only Allowed to Have Milk?” by Lynae Bowman, Forsyth County

black baby calf with a pile of hay

3rd Place:  “You Got a Friend In Me” by Alyson Manuel, Forsyth County

black and white goat face close up

4th Place: “My dog Scout” by Jacob Hanlon, Burke County

brown dog in front of creek

5th Place:  “Reagan and Gunny” by McKenzie Gross, Johnston County

girl in white shirt kissing nose of her white face horse.

Honorable Mention: “America The Beautiful” by Ava Berry, Richmond County

2 girls with big smiles looking at camera