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4-H Photography Contest Rules & Registration Information

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All entries are due no later than August 17, 2023 at 5 p.m. EST, must be submitted electronically, and can only be submitted by your 4-H Agent/PA.

4-H Professionals, Click HERE to submit entries for the Dr. Kim Ingold Photography Contest.

North Carolina 4-H reserves the rights to use any of the photographs received for educational purposes.


  • This contest is open to North Carolina 4-H members ages 8-18 (age as of January 1) and adults 19 years and older.
  • All participants must be enrolled in 4-HOnline.
  • All photographs must have been taken by the 4-H’er/adult submitting the entry during the contest year (August 2022 – August 2023).
  • Participants must enter their photographs within the age division that applies as of January 1.
    • Junior: ages 8-13
    • Senior: ages 14-18
    • Adult: ages 19+ NEW PARTICIPATION CATEGORY FOR 2023
  • Each Junior and Senior may enter only one photograph in each of the three categories
    • “4-H in Action”
    • “Nature’s Beauty”
    • “Special Effects.”
  • Each Junior and Senior may enter the same image in more than one category, if it applies to each category. Write a short sentence (10 words or less) to inform the judges about your picture’s specific details if needed.
  • Adults may only enter one photograph in the following category:
    • “4-H in Action”.
  • Photographs may be in color OR black-and-white.
  • Photographs MUST BE SUBMITTED at the highest image resolution possible in order to display high-quality images but no larger than 10 GB.
  • Photograph MUST BE SAVED AS:  AgeDivision_PhotograpyCategory_FirstName_LastName_2023
    • For Example:
      • Junior Special Effects Photo for Chris Clover saved as:
        • Jr_Effects_Chris_Clover_2023
      • Senior Nature’s Beauty Photo for Kris Clover saved as:
        • Sr_Nature_Kris_Clover_2023
      • Adult 4-H in Action Photo Cris Clover saved as:
        • Adult_Action_Cris_Clover_2023
  • All entries must be submitted electronically. 
  • Only 4-H Professionals can access the electronic Google Sheet to submit entries.
  • All entries are due by August 17, 2023 at 5 p.m. EST.
  • Please include the following information with your entries and give to your 4-H Agent/PA, for electronic submission:
    • Photographer’s Name
    • Photographer’s email address (that is checked regularly)
    • Photographer’s 4-H County of participation
    • 4-H Age as of January 1, if adult, enter 00
    • 4-H Agent’s Name (First and Last Name)
    • 4-H Agent’s email address
    • Age Division:
      • Junior Division (Ages 8-13)
      • Senior Division (Ages 14-18)
      • Adult Division (Ages 19+)
    • Category:
      • 4-H in Action (Only category for Adult Division)
      • Nature’s Beauty
      • Special Effects
    • Title of Photograph is REQUIRED. A short sentence (10 words or less) to inform the judges about your picture’s specific details is optional.

Photography Resources to help you take the perfect picture

Basic Photography – 4-H Spark Video

4-H Photography Curriculum

Please contact Peggie Lewis Joyce with any questions or concerns.