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North Carolina 4-H Photography Contest

From 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 2021: My Best Friend (People, Pets, What/Who Ever). Capture the spirit of your best friend! Use your ace photography skills to capture your best friend in action! Whether it’s a picture taken at home or while you are traveling, we want to see those photographs. Be creative! Take the time to research how to take the best picture possible and Practice, Practice, Practice by taking lots of pictures. We will be reasonably all-inclusive as to what can be considered a best friend.

Rules & Registration Information


Frequently Asked Questions

Photography Resources 

 Basic Photography – 4-H Spark Video

4-H Photography Curriculum

2020 Winners: 4-H in Action, Junior Division

1st Place:  “Valentine Bingo” by Cana Hooker, Forsyth County Child hugging elderly woman

2nd Place: “Training a Chicken named Clover” by Caleb Fisher, Carteret County4-Her holding a chicken

3rd Place: “Restoring Nature” by Kyson Gage Kowaiski, Carteret Countyyoung girl working in stream bed

4th Place:  “4-H Brings Smiles with Pony Rides” by Mason Rosebaum, Johnston Countychlldren leading and riding a pony

5th Place: “Duckling Learns Duckface” by Levi Corriher, Rockingham Countychild holding a duckling

Honorable Mention: “Teamwork with 4-H Robotics” by Elijah Lee, Wayne Countyteam of 4-Hers working on robotics

2020 Winners: Nature’s Beauty, Junior Division

1st Place: “Sunflowers and Sunshine” by Ava Cox, Ashe County

Sunflowers and Sunshine

2nd Place: “Beauty Sky in Lake Tillery” by Olivia Stegall, Union Countysky over calm water

3rd Place: “Out of the Clear Blue Sky” by Lola Wilbanks, Yadkin Countyhay bales and blue sky

4th Place: “”Pearson’s Falls” by Jenny Buchanan, Polk Countywaterfall in wooded area

5th Place:  “Antlers” by Laurel Evans, Harnett Countydried antlers

Honorable Mention:  After the Storm by Brayana McGhee, Rockingham Countyleaf covered in rain drops

2020 Winners: Pets In Action, Junior Division

1st Place:  “Harry The Cat”. by James Braman, Onslow County   cat gazing at camera   

2nd Place:  “You Looking at Me?” by Giddion Linton, Wayne Countysheep

3rd Place:  “Kitten in the Leaves” by Brantlee Evans, Davie Countyketten

4th Place:  “Daisy” by Genieve Charland, Wake Countydog

5th Place: “Mars and Luna Think They Should Come Inside to Play Too” by Tanner Thompson, Forsyth Countytwo goats outside a door

Honorable Mention: “Did I hear, ‘Chicken for dinner?'”  by Sayla Jade Kowalski, Carteret Countychicken

2020 Winners: 4-H in Action, Senior Division

1st Place: “Eggcellent Candling” by Samatha Andrews, Chatham Countycandling an egg

2nd Place: “Training: Getting ready for the NC State Fair!” by Gillian Grimmick, Johnston County

girl with her goat

3rd Place: “Picking Blueberries” by Stephen Pledger, Forsyth County

picking blueberries

4th Place: “Great Minds Butting Alike” by Daniel Whitfield, Rockingham County

girl and goat butting heads

5th Place: “4-H Robotics – Team 3737” by Kayla Perry, Wayne County

robotics team activities

Honorable Mention: “The Long Walk” by Connor Payne, Rockingham Countychild walking with cattle

2020 Winners: Nature’s Beauty, Senior Division

1st Place: “Unfroggettable” by Kylee Harris, Orange Countyfrog on greenery

2nd Place:  “Solitude at Sunrise” by Eli Ortiz-Torrez, Alamance Countysunrise over the water

3rd Place:  “Donkey With Flowers” by Celia Gibbs, Henderson Countygrazing donkey

4th Place:  “The Life of a Spider” by Shyanne Knepp, Forsyth Countyspider web

5th Place:  “Up Close and Personal” by Tessa Darnell, Halifax Countymillipede or centipede

Honorable Mention:  “Pearls of Water” by Chloe Allen, Johnston Countywater droplets on leaf

2020 Winners: Pets In Action, Senior Division

1st Place:  “River Time”  by Conner Mills, Pitt Countydog in water

2nd Place:  “Into the Woods” by Kylee Harris, Orange Countydog in snowy woods

3rd Place:  “On the Hunt” by Matthew Sherin, Randolph Countycalico cat

4th Place: “Going for the Blue” by Katie McKinney, Harnett Countyequestrian jumping

5th Place:  “Spring-loaded” by Erin Burns, Johnston Countybaby goat

Honorable Mention: “Sometimes Love has Four Paws and a Wet Nose” by Leslie Hernadez, Yadkin Countydog