4-H Photography

2023 Williamson County 4-H Photography Contest

Photo Uploads due by February 1st – no late entries!

  • Only entries from active enrolled 4-H Members will be accepted
  • Age divisions are determined by the participant’s grade: Junior 3rd-5th grade, Intermediate 6th-8th grade, Senior 9th-12th grade. There is no clover division for this contest.
  • Limit of one entry per category for each member
  • Accepted formats: .jpeg, .jpg, or .png
  • Photo must be a minimum of 300dpi quality resolution
  • Ratio must be 3:2 (4′ X 6″) OR 5:4 (8″X10″), can be landscape or portrait
  • Size may not be larger than 10MB
  • The file name of each photo should be “initials.category.agedivision.year” for example: AH.animalsdomestic.intermediate.23 – this is what helps us determine who the photo belongs to! If the file is not named properly it’s hard to tell who submitted it.
  • See D8 Photography Contest guidelines and State Photography Contest guidelines for category descriptions and additional information


The winner of each category in each of the age divisions in the Williamson County Contest will advance to the District 8 Contest. Senior aged 4-H members that win their category in the county contest will also advance to State.

The Texas 4-H Photography Contest encourages self-expression and allows youth to demonstrate skills learned in the area of photography, including the use of photographic equipment and process of photographs.


  • To develop life skills in composition, light, story line, posing, and awareness.
  • To gain knowledge about cameras, camera settings, photography dimensions and resolution.
  • To encourage 4-H members to use photography as a meaningful communication tool in their lives.
  • To provide photography project showcase opportunity for 4-H members.
  • To continue to share the message of 4-H.
  • To utilize photographs which can promote and strengthen the 4-H program.

2023 D8 Photography Contest Information:

Texas 4-H Photography Contest Website


Category Description What is NOT Allowed Examples
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.
  • 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.  

  • 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
This image composition technique features lines that draw the
viewer’s eye from point A to point B, which is the primary subject
  • A river that begins in the foreground and draws your
    attention to a photogenic bridge in the background.
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 – The 2022-2023 theme is “Reflections”. Reflection photography
uses reflective surfaces to create an artistic “echo” of a scene. It includes photos that are creatively composed to capture an image from a reflective surface. The reflection should play a significant part of the image’s composition
  • Reflections on polished metal, glass, mirror, and water








































































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