Department I - 4-H
Division X - Photography

​Superintendent: Laura Shackley,
See Tips For A Successful 4-H Still Life Exhibit


  1. Entries are limited to pictures taken by the 4-H member during the current 4-H year.
  2. Photographs must be matted or mounted (using dry mounting tissue, spray glue, photo glue or photo stickers) to a sheet of heavy weight card stock, illustration or mat board. Minimum mat margin is 1" on all sides and maximum mat margin is 2 ½" on all sides. A backing board must be used to cover the back of the photo. Do NOT use cardboard,chipboard, or poster board. These types of backings are not acid free and will harm your photographs. Do not use foam core board. Framed and non-mounted entries will not be accepted.
  3. Use commercial printing services as home photo printers aren’t always able to produce quality prints. Prints of low quality may result in fewer points (judge’s discretion). All entries should be printed on photographic paper. Entries printed on paper or cardstock will not be accepted.
  4. Entries are limited to two per lot within each class
  5. In addition to the 4-H entry tag, use photo label #C0890 available at the Extension Office. 3" X 5" Description Cards are not needed for photography.
  6. Entries in lots A-H must be enlargements of black & white negatives, color negatives, colored slides, or digital captures that have not been manipulated in any way. Photos that have been manipulated in Photoshop or other photo software or in a darkroom must be entered in the appropriate Class 5. Color enhancements and changes may not be made to the original photo unless it is entered in the digitally enhanced class.
  7. Photos entered in any class except Class 5 and Class 2 must be at least 5" X 7", but may also be 8" X 10", 8" X 12", or 5" X 14." Entries in Class 5 must be enlargements, but no size limit specified. Make sure enlargements are made using traditional methods.
  8. See Class 5 for scanned enlargements.
  9. One 4-H Still Life Exhibitor Record Form must be filled out for each exhibitor and accompany the exhibits when brought to the fairgrounds. This form can be picked up at the Extension Office.
  10. Exhibitmanship is required of all exhibitors.

Points: Blue – 12 Red – 8 White – 4

(limit two per lot – Photos must be at least 5" x 7")

  1. A Scenic photograph
  2. B People photograph
  3. C Animal photograph
  4. D Action photograph
  5. E Close up
  6. F Any subject/miscellaneous
  7. G Composition (Showing one of the following: special lighting, specific element of design, still life set-up for photo, abstracts; note which element of design or special technique used on C0890)

Point Values for Classes 2 through 5 are: Blue – 16 Red – 12 White – 9



  1. Photo Story: Up to six black & white or color photographs (each 3 1/2" x 5" or larger - up to 8" x 12" or 5" X 14") that tell a story. Include a title and mat as suggested above in general instructions.

*Please Note: Scrapbooks are to contain only photos taken by the exhibitor.


  1. First year albums must contain 25 prints
  2. Second year albums must contain 30 new prints
  3. Third year albums must contain 35 new prints
  4. Fourth year albums must contain 40 new prints
  5. Fifth year albums must contain 50 new prints

*All photographs must be of newsworthy nature. They must be captioned. Include information on who, what, where, when, and why in each caption. Photographs may be black & white or color.


  1. Photo - one enlargement; size 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 8" x 12", 4" x 12", or 5" x 14"; matted or mounted on white mat board or poster board.
  2. Story Board - 2 - 4 photographs; any size, but total exhibit must not exceed 11" x 14" mat or poster board mounting, depicting a single newsworthy story.
  3. Album - Minimum of ten newsworthy photos; published and unpublished work of the exhibitor, with suggested cutlines. If published, include a copy of the publication.

This class is for photographers who make use of Photoshop or other photography software or darkroom to change or enhance their photographs. Use a 3 x 5 card to describe process used to enhance or change the photo.


  1. Regular film and camera, black/white or color. (Digitally imaged by scanning, then enhanced or manipulated and printed by the exhibitor.)
  2. Digital capture, black/white or color. (Photo taken with a digital camera, then enhanced or manipulated and printed by exhibitor.)
  3. Darkroom Skills – Regular film developed and enhanced in a darkroom