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Dr Kim Ingold NC 4-H Photography Contest FAQs

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How do I enter my photograph for this contest?

  • Photographs must be submitted electronically to your 4-H Agent/PA.
  • Submit the following information with your entry to your 4-H Agent/PA:
    • Your Name
    • Your email address (that is checked regularly)
    • Your 4-H County
    • Your Age (as of January 1), if Adult enter 00
    • 4-H Agent’s Name (First and Last Name)
    • 4-H Agent’s email address
    • Your Age Division:
      • Junior Division (Ages 8-13)
      • Senior Division (Ages 14-18)
      • Adult Division (Ages 19+)
    • Photograph Category
      • 4-H in Action (Only category for Adult Division)
      • Nature’s Beauty
      • Special Effects
    • Title of your photograph is required. Try to keep it to 3 words or less by using impactful words.
    • A 10 words or less sentence about your picture to inform judges about specific details (optional).
    • You must save your photograph at the highest image resolution possible, file can not be larger than 10 GB.
    • Your photograph MUST BE SAVED AS:  AgeDivision_PhotograpyCategory_FirstName_LastName_TitleOfPhotoYear

      • For Example:
        • A Junior Special Effects Photo by Chris Clover titled “Clover Classic” MUST BE saved as:
          • Jr_Effects_Chris_Clover_CloverClassic2024
        • A Senior Nature’s Beauty Photo by Kris Clover titled, “Pet Sitting” MUST BE saved as:
          • Sr_Nature_Kris_Clover_PetSitting2024
        • An Adult 4-H in Action Photo by Cristof Clover titled, “My Adventure” MUST BE saved as:
          • Adult_Action_Cristof_Clover_MyAdventure2024

What do the winners receive as awards?

For the Junior and Senior Age Divisions, ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Places and Honorable Mention. Winning entries will be displayed on the NC 4-H Photography Contest webpage, premiere on the North Carolina 4-H Facebook site during National 4-H Week, and be on display during the NC State Fair as part of the NC 4-H Exhibit. The winning pictures and ribbons will then be returned to their 4-H county offices.

For the Adult Age Division, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and Honorable Mention “bragging rights” will be announced. Winning photographs will be displayed at the State 4-H Office for the contest year, then sent to the participant’s county 4-H Office.

Will the winners be announced in any newspapers?

This is up to the discretion of the individual or county 4-H professional to contact their local newspapers about any awards received in this contest.

Is there a “Best of Show” winner?

No, “Best of Show” winners are designated as such when the judges feel that a particular 1st place photo is clearly deserving of extra recognition. It is a great honor for the photographer and a real treat for the judges when we discover such an image!

Will participants receive a written critique of their entries?

Since the judges are asked to review a very large number of photo entries, they are not required to provide written critiques. We received over 300 entries last year and just don’t have the staff to individually critique each one.

North Carolina 4-H reserves the rights to use any of the photographs received for educational purposes and will give the photographer credit.