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4H Photography

Department 8

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Rules and Regulations


Entries can be placed on-line through 2nd Wednesday in July, or in person on the 2nd Thursday in July in the 4-H Exhibit Building between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. All exhibits are due in-person on the 2nd Thursday in July in the 4-H Exhibit Building between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

***Entries will close at 6 p.m. If you are in the barn and in line by 6 p.m., you will be allowed to finish entering. This means that if you are still working on mounting or labeling photos at the workstation at 6 p.m., you will not be allowed to continue working, and you must be in line at 6 p.m. to be able to enter what you have. This will be strictly enforced with ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!

General Rules for Classes A – F

Read rules carefully! Small details can cost big points!

1. RULE #1 – If you are unsure about something, ASK! Call the superintendent with any questions you have. It lets me know what areas and rules may need clarification.

2. All entries in all classes must be photos taken by the exhibitor during the current 4-H year.

3. All exhibitors must be enrolled in a 4-H photography project.

4. Entries may be film or digital captures which have not been manipulated in any way, unless entered in Class F – Digital Imaging. Cropping prior to printing is acceptable. Digital manipulation will result in the disqualification of the exhibit.

5. All photos must be printed on photographic paper. Entries printed on paper, card stock, etc. will not be accepted.

6. Photos may only be used once in competition (i.e. – cannot present a photo in Class A that is also used on a photo board or album). Using a photo more than once will result in the disqualification of all exhibits using the photo.

7. Color enhancements and changes (including changing to black and white) may not be made to the original photo unless it is entered in Class F – Digital Imaging. If settings are changed on the member’s camera to make color changes prior to taking the photo, this must be indicated on the C0890 photo label. If “Auto” is checked, the judges will assume that changes were made post-processing, and photos will be disqualified.

8. All entries must be mounted on poster board following the guidelines set forth for the class. Entries mounted with matte board will not be accepted. In all classes, multiple layers of poster board or card stock may be used to create borders and enhance the look of mounting. However, the bottom layer must be poster board for display purposes. Improper mounting materials will result in an automatic loss of all mounting points. Framed or unmounted entries will not be accepted.

9. All entries must be presented with the photo label #C0890 filled out and attached to the photo entry. This photo label is available online. Attach photo label to th e back of the poster board. (The card should not be visible from the front of the exhibit. Label must be attached for photo to be accepted, so be sure to get it ahead of time. Improperly attached photo labels will result in an automatic loss of 5 points from the mounting criterion.) Fill in the photo label with the following information:

Caption – Highly recommended

Exhibitor – Your name

Name or type of camera (Include brand and model)

Indicate SLR (manual controls) or P&S (point & shoot) and digital or film

Focus – Mark Manual or Auto (If using an SLR or DSLR camera, your settings are manual and it is required that you list your settings)

Exposure – Mark Manual or Auto (If using an SLR or DSLR camera, your settings are manual and it is required that you list your settings)

Film, ASO/ISO – specify the film speed e.g. 100, 200, 400 (Leave Blank if you did not use film)

Print made by – Mark whether the exhibitor printed at home or used a commercial printer

Years in project – how many years enrolled in a 4-H photography project and your age.

A phone number where you may be reached for questions

Division and class numbers

10. Attach an identification label on the front of your exhibit, in the bottom right hand corner. The label should not be larger than 1”x 3”. Include your name, age group, and club. This label should not obstruct or be used to attach the photograph in any way.

11. Captions may also be added to the front of the photo exhibit, but should not obstruct the photo or exhibitor information in any way. Exhibits with captions must still meet the criteria for over-all dimensions.

DIVISION A – PHOTOGRAPHY

Maximum of THREE classes per exhibitor, and one entry per class. Exhibitors will not be allowed to enter more than three photos in Class A and will have extra photos refused at check-in.

Exhibitors must know which lot their photo will be going into. The superintendent and clerks cannot advise exhibitors on this matter. If photo does not meet the criteria of an available lot, please choose a different photo. If the exhibitor or person turning in photos for the exhibitor is unable to identify the lot, the photo will not be accepted.

All photos must be 5” x 7” in size. Photos of other sizes will be disqualified and may be refused at check-in. ***Exception: Lot 9 – Enlargements, see lot for details.

Mount photos on poster board with the following guidelines: Margins must be between 1” and 1½” – margins smaller than 1” or exceeding 1½” will result in loss of all 10 points for mounting. Entries that do not meet these criteria may be refused at entry.

Scanned, laser, or manipulated digital copies will not be disqualified in this class. Un-manipulated photos may be cropped before printing.

All entries in this class will be judged using the Photography Score Sheet. ***Exception: Lot 10 – Darkroom Skills

PREMIUMS: 4.00 3.00 2.50
CLASS NUMBERS

1 – People: one print of one or more people (no shadow photos allowed). Can be posed portraits or candid shots.

2 – Animal: one print of one or more animals

3 – Landscape/ Scenic: one print of a landscape (no seascapes, boats, or sunsets allowed)

4 – Building: one print of one or more buildings or architectural elements on a building (no signs or billboards allowed)

5 – Flowers: one print of one or more flower, weed, or plant.

6 – Action: one print of any subject where the viewer can see action is in progress

7 – Close-up/ Macro: one print of any subject, very close or zoomed in

8 – Special lighting: one print of any subject using light to enhance image (i.e. strobe, side, evening, back lighting, timed exposures, etc) – must identify type of special lighting on C0890 . (No natural lighting such as sunsets allowed)

9 – Enlargements: one 8” x 10” enlargement OR 5” x 14” panoramic print of any subject, color or B&W, must be commercially printed

10 – Darkroom Skills: One B&W print developed and enlarged to 5” x 7” by exhibitor – must include 3x5 card defining chemicals, exposure, and paper used. Judged on the following criteria: Correct category – 10 points, Quality – 30 points, Dark room techniques – 25 points, Composition/ Creativity – 25 points, and Mounting – 10 points.

11 – Special Effects: One print of any subject using special effects (i.e. double exposure, painting with light, use of special filters, trick photography, tilt shift, etc.) – explain on photo label which special effect was used. No digitally altered photos. Special effects must be created by exhibitor.

12 – Design Element: One print of any subject showing the predetermined design element. This element will change each year. For 2017, the design element is: COLD.

13 – Still Life: One print of any inanimate object(s) posed for photo

14 – Abstracts: One print of any abstract subject – photo may not be digitally manipulated

15 – Machines: One print of any machine or machine part. Photos of boats, planes, cars, robots, engines, etc. will be accepted in this lot.

16 – Color of the Year: One print with the predetermined color as the main color of the photo. This will change each year. For this year, the color is: Purple

17 – Whatcom County: One print of any place or event in Whatcom County. Caption is required. (HINT: Be creative! Show unusual things.)

18 – Last Year’s Fair: One print from the previous year’s fair. Can be of anything at the fair. Caption is required.

19 – Humor: One print of any subject in a funny or humorous situation. Caption is required.

20 – Food: One print of any food item(s) posed for display.


DIVISION B – PHOTO BOARDS

Maximum of one class per exhibitor, and one entry per class.

All photos must be minimum of 3 ½” x 5” in size. Photos may be manually cropped if you are unable to find a commercial printer that makes this size photo.

Over all dimensions of photo board may not exceed 22” x 14” – dimensions larger than this will result in a loss of all mounting points and the possibility of not being displayed due to limited space. Please cut board to a size that complements your display. Excessive unused space will result in a loss of some mounting points.

If photos were taken with more than one camera, include a photo label for each camera used.

Scanned, laser, or manipulated digital copies will not be accepted in this class. Un-manipulated photos may be cropped before printing.

All entries in this class will be judged using the Score Sheet for Entries with Multiple Photos.

PREMIUMS: 6.00 5.00 4.00
CLASS NUMBERS:

1 – Photo Story: 3 to 6 prints that tell a story or sequence of events with a beginning/ ending, a title, and captions.

2 – Theme Board: 3 to 6 photos depicting a specific theme. Title required; captions, poems, or other written words are optional, but strongly suggested.


DIVISION C – PHOTO JOURNALISM

Maximum of one class per exhibitor, and one entry per class.

Photos for Lots 1 & 2 must be mounted on white poster board, following the guidelines outlined in each lot.

Scanned, laser, or manipulated digital copies will not be accepted in this class. Un-manipulated photos may be cropped before printing.

B&W or color photos accepted.

All photos must be of a newsworthy nature. They must be captioned. Include information on who, what, when, where, and why in each caption.

All entries in this class will be judged using the following criteria: Journalistic value – 55 points, Quality of photo – 35 points, and Captioned correctly – 10 points.

PREMIUMS: 6.00 5.00 4.00
CLASS NUMBER:

1 – Photo: One newsworthy photo with caption – photo size 5” x 7”; mounted on white poster board. Overall border dimensions may exceed 8”x10” only if extra space is needed for the caption. Caption should be mounted on the front, below the photo, and on the poster board.

2 – Story Board: 2 – 4 newsworthy photos with captions depicting single newsworthy story; mounted on white poster board; photos may be any size, but overall dimensions of board may not exceed 22” x 14”. A single caption should be mounted below the photos on the poster board.

3 – Album: Minimum of 10 newsworthy photos with suggested headlines and captions; published and unpublished work of the exhibitor. Include suggested cut lines; if published, include a copy of the publication.


DIVISON D – PHOTO RECORD

Maximum of one lot per exhibitor, and one entry per lot.

Photos must be mounted on poster board, following the guidelines outlined in each lot.

All photos must be captioned.

PREMIUMS: 5.00 4.00 2.50
CLASS NUMBERS

1 – 4-H Promotion: One photo suitable for promoting 4-H clubs. 4-H emblem must be visible in the photo. Photos may be of projects, community service, activities, events, or leadership development. Photos must be 5” x 7” in size – no other sizes will be accepted. Photo must be mounted on poster board with margins between 1” and 1 ½” – margins smaller than 1” or exceeding 1 ½” will result in loss of all 10 points for mounting. Entries that do not meet these criteria may be refused at entry. Caption should be mounted below the photo on the front of the poster board. All entries in this class will be judged using the following criteria: Promotional Value – 50 points, Quality of photo – 35 points, Mounted correctly – 10 points, and Properly Captioned – 5 Points. Photos in this class and lot may be used in 4-H promotional materials, brochures, flyer's, etc.

2 – 4-H Project: 2 to 6 photos documenting a 4-H project of any kind. Title and captions should be included. Captions should include the appropriate who, what, when, where, and why to create a better understanding of the project. All photos must be minimum of 3 ½” x 5” in size. Photos may be manually cropped if you are unable to find a commercial printer that makes this size photo. Over all dimensions of photo board my not exceed 22” x 14” – dimensions larger than this will result in a loss of all mounting points and the possibility of not being displayed due to limited space. Please cut board to a size that complements your display. Excessive unused space will result in a loss of some mounting points. All entries in this class will be judged using the Score Sheet for Entries with Multiple Photos.


DIVISION E – PHOTO ALBUMS

Maximum of one class per exhibitor and one entry per class.

All photos must be minimum of 3 ½” x 5” up to 8” x 10” in size. Multiple photo sizes may be used in a single album.

Secure photo label on inside front cover of album.

All photos submitted for one year do not have to be from the same type of camera, but additional photo labels should be attached for each camera used. You can mix digital and regular film photos.

Photos being judged should be your best work from the current 4-H year. If you are creating a 2nd or higher year album, include your previous year’s album photos. Be sure to mark the previous years and place the current year in the front of the album.

Scrapbooks are not acceptable in this class.

All entries in this class will be judged using the Score Sheet for Entries with Multiple Photos.

PREMIUMS: 6.00 5.00 4.00
CLASS NUMBERS

1 – First year album: 25 prints in album (Use this lot for your first album, no matter what year you are in the project)

2 – Second year album: 30 new prints (Use this lot for your second album, no matter what year you are in the project)

3 – Third year album: 35 new prints (Use this lot for your third album, no matter what year you are in the project)

4 – Fourth year album: 40 new prints

5 – Fifth year album: 50 new prints

DIVISION F – DIGITAL IMAGING

Maximum of one class per exhibitor and one entry per class.

All finished photos must be 5” x 7”. The original image may be smaller, but must be part of the display, on the front of the exhibit mat.

A typed index card must be part of the mounted display, on the front of the exhibit mat, explaining what was done to arrive at the final image.

Over all dimensions of the display board may not exceed 11” x 14” – dimensions larger than this will not be accepted at check in.

Photos in this class must be printed by exhibitor on photo paper.

It is recommended that digital captures be taken on “high” resolution, and a minimum printer output of 300 DPI or PPI should be used.

Digital captures must be color corrected. B&W photos must be done with the gray scale. Color photos must be done with the RGB or CMYK scale.

All images can be sandwiched; cut & pasted; retouched; cloned; filters or any other special effects can be used.

All entries in this class will be judged using the following criteria: Quality of final image - 20 points, Composition – 20 points, Color correction – 20 points, Retouching – 10points, Cropping, if needed – 10 points, Mounting – 10 points, and Correct category and information cards – 10 points.

PREMIUMS: 6.00 5.00 4.00
CLASS NUMBERS:

1 – Regular film and camera: Original print photograph must be scanned to create the digital image, then enhanced or manipulated.

2 – Digital capture: Original photo taken with a digital camera, then enhanced or manipulated.

3 – Digital restoration: Original photo must have been taken with a film camera and damaged in some manner. Original photo may have been taken by someone other than exhibitor. Exhibitor will scan the original to create the digital photo and then repair it using modern day digitizing techniques. In judging, how well the photo was restored will replace the component of composition.

DIVISION G – PHOTOGRAPHY JUDGING

4-H members will be presented with various photographs, presented as they might be if they were being presented for a fair exhibit.

Members will judge the photos using 4-H Photography Score Sheet criteria.

Members will then give each photo a ranking of Blue, Red, White, or no placing.

Photographs will be on display for members to judge on Wednesday of the Fair, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Ribbons and scorecards can be picked up on Thursday. If not picked up on Thursday, they will be returned with other ribbons on Sunday. Pick up will not be available on Friday or Saturday, as the photography superintendent will not be available.

For 2013, no premiums will be given for this class. However, participation in this activity can result in better understanding of the criteria used for photography judging, making the 4-H student more aware of what constitutes blue ribbon photography. This should result in more blue ribbons, and therefore, a higher premium payout overall.

CLASS NUMBER:
1 – Photography Judging


DIVISION H – PHOTOGRAPHY SCAVENGER HUNT

4-H’ers will be given clues about where to take photographs of specific items at the fair and may compete as teams or individuals. Teams will be required to find more items to photograph than individuals. Photos can be taken Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the fair. Photos must be turned in by 2:00 PM on Thursday of Fair. How photos are displayed is at the discretion of the individual or team. Posters, albums, or other creative collections will be accepted.

Judging will be based on the number of items found and photographed, the overall quality and composition of the photos, and the creativity of the display.

Members may only enter in one class.

No premiums will be awards, but all participants will receive ice cream and a participation ribbon when turning in their displays. Winners will be awarded a fun prize by the Superintendent.

CLASS NUMBER:
1 – Individual
2 – Team

SPECIAL AWARDS

Best in Class – Up to three ribbons for each age group will be awarded in each class at the judges’ discretion. If there is no exhibit that the judges feel warrants this award in any class, no ribbon will be awarded.

Best in Department – One ribbon will be awarded to a single exhibit at the judges’ discretion. This ribbon will be awarded to the exhibit the judges feel is the “best of show.”

Shutter Ace – One ribbon will be presented to the exhibitor with the best overall photographs. The Shutter Ace award will be awarded to the exhibitor with highest weighted average score. The weighted scale gives more points for ribbons for each additional class that an exhibitor shows in. See Superintendent for explanation. Tie breaker will be judges’ choice. Classes G and H do not factor into this award.


Judging Criteria:

4-H PHOTOGRAPHY SCORE SHEET

Most* divisions and classes with single photo entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

Correct Category (appropriate class and lot) – 15 points; all or nothing points

Quality (technically well done, in focus, good lighting, good print quality) – 25 points

Interest (story telling ability, emotional response, convey a message) – 25 points

Composition – 25 points (Simplicity – 5 points, Good use of rule of thirds – 5 points, Good use of lines – 5 points, Good use of balance – 5 points, and Minimal distraction from point of interest – 5 points)

Mounting (neat, secure, attractive, photo label attached properly) – 10 points

SCORE SHEET FOR ENTRIES WITH MULTIPLE PHOTOS

Most* divisions and classes that require the entry of multiple photos per exhibit will be judged according to the following criteria:

Correct category – 10 points

Quality – 30 points

Composition / Creativity – 45 points

Presentation – 15 points

*Exceptions to these judging rules are noted in the division or class descriptions.

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