4-H Photography Contest Judging
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Judging for the NC 4-H Photography Contest is performed by NC State University Communications and CALS Communications. These departments are staffed by communications professionals who are accustomed to creating and/or using photographic images as part of their own work.
Here is information about the criteria the judges use when choosing the winners of this contest.
Relevancy to Category Topic – Is the photo an obvious illustration of the category in which it is entered? If the picture doesn’t tell us, does the information on the entry form make it clear how the subject fits the category?
Composition/Arrangement – Are the objects in the photo arranged in a meaningful, pleasing manner or are they haphazard? Did the photographer use the best angle or otherwise interesting perspective?
Focus / Sharpness – Is the object of the photo in focus? If not in sharp focus, does it appear to be an intentional effect to enhance the image in some artistic way?
Lighting – Did the photographer use proper lighting of the subject matter? Do any extremes of darkness or brightness lend to or detract from the image content?
Creativity – Does the photographer show some creative thought or original idea in the making of this image? Is the subject something unusual or is the content of the photo presented in a way we haven’t seen before?
Categories for the 2022 contest
4-H in Action: We’re looking for pictures that show us what happens at 4-H events throughout the year. The key to winning this category is the action. We want to SEE what’s happening. If it’s a judging contest, we want to feel like we’re right in the middle of the action. If it’s meeting with legislators, then we want to feel like we’re so close we could shake that person’s hand. In other words, we want the photographer to get in close and show us what really happens when 4-H’ers get together for an event or activity.
Nature’s Beauty: Nature’s Beauty is always our biggest category and competition is fierce. Winners in this category are ultimately chosen because they exhibit superior technical skill, move in close to the subject and capture something really different. Some show beautiful things such as sunsets and ﬂowers. Others create beauty from something unexpected (mushrooms, a turtle having a snack, a dragonﬂy with torn wings, steam rising from something.) All contain strong composition, nice light and sharp focus on the subject.
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 your photographic interest! 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!!
Resources for you to take the perfect picture: Take the time to research how to take the best picture possible and Practice, Practice, Practice by taking lots of pictures.
Please remember entries must be submitted electronically by your 4-H Agent/PA NO LATER THAN August 17, 2022. Register Online Here
We’re looking forward to another great group of photographs to judge for this year’s Contest!
Please contact Peggie Lewis Joyce with questions or concerns.