4-H Photography

Williamson County 4-H Photography Contest

SENIOR ONLY CONTEST – deadline March 29, 2021

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20-21_State Photography Rules and Guidelines

The 2 additional categories are: “leading line” and “theme”. The 2020-2021 theme is “Forced Perspective”. This is a fun technique which uses an optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. The effect is accomplished by camera and subject matter positioning.

Photos must be uploaded between January 22 – February 24 (DEADLINE)

2021 Rules and Guidelines

(includes: Rules, Category Descriptions, Judging Criteria, and Score Sheet)

Click here to upload your photos.

If you have any questions contact the 4-H Agent (paige.mcclellan@ag.tamu.edu or 512.943.3300)

Categories: (New)

Category Description
What is NOT Allowed
ANIMALS – DOMESTIC  Photos focusing on the various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment. To be considered domesticated, the animal must have their behavior, life cycle, or physiology systemically altered as a result of being under human control for many generations.
  • Chickens
  • Cows
  • Dogs/Cats
  • Geese/Ducks (domestic use)
  • Hamsters
  • Horses
  • Pigs
  • Sheep/Goats
ANIMALS – WILDLIFE  Category focuses on animals not tamed or domesticated and commonly found in the wilderness or the bodies of water throughout the country and world. Photos can be of wildlife in nature, zoos, and/or petting zoos.
Photos taken through glass.
  • Birds
  • Deer
  • Elephants
  • Snakes
  • Whales
CATCH-ALL Photos that do not fit into one of the other categories.
A duplicate photo also entered in another category.
  • Long exposure zoomed images
  • Painting with light
  • Polaroid image & emulsion transfers
  • Still-life
  • Flat-Lay Photography
DETAILS & MACRO  Getting in close is the name of the game for this category. The goal is to zoom in close on an object to see its finer details or to make small objects appear life-sized or larger that we do not normally get to see with the naked eye.
  • Insect Eyes
  • Veins on leaf
  • Reflection in water droplet
  • etc.
ELEMENTS OF DESIGN  Images use of graphic elements of design. Photos that showcase line, shape, pattern, form, texture, perspective, etc. Photo can consist of any subject matter.
Digital creations or graphic designs made in commercial programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator.
  • Line
  • Pattern
  • Perspective
  • Shape
ENHANCED  A single photo that has been technically manipulated to be an abstract, panoramic, stitched or composite image.  Other variations are allowed as well.
  • Photoshop composites and creations
  • Images greatly manipulated with a variety of filters
  • Photos with artistic borders
  • Photos stitched into a panoramic
FOOD  Category is a still life specialization of photography, aimed at producing attractive photographs of food for use in such items of advertisements, packaging, menus and/or cookbooks.
Photos of alcoholic beverages
  • Cakes/pies, Easter eggs, fruits and place settings, ingredients, sandwiches, Thanksgiving dinner, etc.
LANDSCAPE & NATURE (NON-ANIMAL)   The focus of this category includes landscapes, outdoor scenics, nature images, sunsets, urban landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, and farms. Images focus on the beauty of the outdoors.
.Photos which primary subject is wildlife or person
  • Landscapes/Gardens
  • Scenics
  • Outdoors
Also known as time-exposure or slow-shutter, this technique involves using a long-duration shutter speed. It can be used to sharply capture stationary elements of an image while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements. It is also used in low-light conditions.
  • Fireworks
  • Moving water
  • Light trails,
  • Milky Way
  • Light painting
  • Night or low-light conditions
  • etc.
MOTION / ACTION  The capture of movement within a single photo. The subject appears stopped or “frozen”
  • Ferris wheel spinning
  • Sporting Events
  • Horse running across field/pasture
PEOPLE  Photos focus from all walks of life, parenting and family, children, babies, models/fashion, sports, and couples. All individuals in the photos mush have provided consent and permission as a subject.  If requested, a release will be needed from the photographer and the subject.
  • Babies
  • Families
  • Kids
  • Portraits
  • Models/Fashion
PLANT/FLORA  Photos of interesting, unique, and beautiful flowers and flora. Photography can occur outdoors or indoors. Photo subject should be that of a single flower, plant, bush, tree, etc. Large collections of plant/flora should be considered for entry into the Nature & Landscape category.
  • Rose
  • Upward shot of tree
A silhouette is an outline that appears dark (typically a single color) with little or no details/features against a brighter background. Recording patterns of light and shade for a desired effect or emphasis is the definition of a shadow. The silhouette or shadow must be the primary subject and focus of the image.
  • Shadows/silhouettes of:
  • People
  •  Plants
  • Animals
  • Structures
  • Architectures
  • Natural Structures
THEME – “What does the Pandemic look like to you?” (New)
What does the Pandemic look like to you? Did you stay at home? Did you sit through numerous zoom calls? Did you try a new project? What did the pandemic look like to you?
Photos manipulated by software

Information for the 2021-2022 TBA

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