Photography

Superintendent: Danielle Dewees, Lincoln

Rules

  1. Number of Entries per County - The current county photography enrollment will determine the maximum number of entries per class as listed below.

    Number of Photography Exhibits per County  –– Exhibits per Class
    1-75 ––––– 1
    76-125 ––– 2
    126-200 –– 3
    201-275 –– 4
    276+ –––– 5

  2. 4-H'ers are allowed entries in only one unit of competition. Individuals may enter up to three exhibits. 
  3. Entry Tags - Entry Tag must be securely attached to the upper right hand corner of displays or prints. 
  4. A photograph may only be used on one exhibit and may be taken with a film or digital camera. 
  5. Photos must be shot during the current project year by the 4-H member. 
  6. Securely attach photos. Photos that are unattached with be disqualified. 
  7. Do not use photo corners, borders, or place coverings over the exhibits. Do not include negatives. 
  8. Data Tags - required on all classes. Securely attach the tags to the back of exhibits or include as page one in your photo showcase. Unit II prints and displays require the Unit II Print/Display Data Tag. Unit II showcases require the Unit II Showcase Data Tag. All Unit III entries, including portfolios require the Unit III Data Tag. Data tags are available at: https://unl.box.com/s/1ttnemphrd4szykl5t9xm1ofiezi86js
  9. Exhibits not following these rules will receive a participation ribbon.
  10. State Fair Special Display Selection - Photos will be selected from state fair print entries for a special rotating display. This exhibit will be on display in the three Dean's Offices on UNL's Campus.

Classes

DIVISION 181 - UNIT II: CONTROLLING THE IMAGE

Unit II Picture Displays:

  • Three 4x6 photos mounted on a single horizontal 11" X 14" black (preferred) or white poster or matting board.
  • Every photo on picture display must be pencil numbered (no. 2 lead pencil) below (for judge's reference only). Numbers should be readable but not detract from display.
  • No titles, captions, or stick-on numbers will be allowed.
  • Photos must be mounted vertically or horizontally.
  • Unit II Print/Display Data Tags are required (See General Rule H).

Unit II Exhibit Prints:

  • All exhibit prints are 8" x 10" prints mounted in 11" x 14" (outside size) cut matting (no frames) with a sandwich mat-board backing (not foam board); rectangular or oval inside matt opening
  • Place photos horizontally or vertically as appropriate.
  • Unit II Print/Display Data Tags are required. (See General Rule H.)

Unit II Photo Showcase:

  • Choose one lesson from each of the four project areas in the Level 2 project manual titled “Controlling the Image”. (available at county offices) For example you might choose You Take Control from Project Area 1, Lighting in a Flash from Project Area 2, The Rule of Thirds from Project Area 3 and Bits and Pieces from Project Area 4. 
  • Take three photos that showcase each lesson, for example 3 photos using different shutter speeds or 3 photos showcasing the Rule of Thirds. You will take 12 photos in all.
  • Mount 4x6 photos on an 8½ x 11 on white paper.  For each set of three photos include a short paragraph describing the lesson you are illustrating and changes you made to your camera settings for each photo (shutter speed, aperture, type of lighting). You may also draw the rule of thirds or golden photo on your photos. 
  • Place pages in an 8½ x 11 black or white three-ring binder. Plastic sleeves are recommended for each page. 
  • Showcase Data Tags are required (See General Rule H). For your showcase complete only the Showcase Data Tag and include this as page one of your showcase.

  • CLASS B181010 CONTROLLING THE IMAGE SHOWCASE: An entry will consist of a three-ring binder of three 4x6 photos showcasing four lessons addressed in the Level 2 project manual titled “Controlling the Image”. A Showcase will include a total of 12 photos. SF86.98(4)
  • CLASS B181020 MANUAL SETTING EXHIBIT PRINT: Entry will consist of a print that showcases the participant’s ability to master the manual settings on the camera. 1) Manual Focus, 2) Manual Aperture, 3) Manual Shutter Speed, 4) Combination of any of the listed techniques, 5) Other technique not listed. SF86.98(2) (Controlling the Image, p. 10-17)
  • CLASS B181030 LIGHTING DISPLAY OR EXHIBIT PRINT: Entry will consist of a display of 3 pictures of 3 different subjects or an exhibit print that demonstrates lighting effects (Low Lighting, Hard Lighting, Soft Lighting, Silhouettes and Lighting with a Flash). SF86.98(2) (Controlling the Image, p. 18-33)
  • CLASS B181040 COMPOSITION DISPLAY OR EXHIBIT PRINT: Entry will consist of 3 completely different views or angles of the same subject or a print that illustrates one of the following composition lesson in the Level 2 Project Manual (Rule of Thirds, The Golden Photo, Space Tells the Story, Building a Photo, and Capture a Candid Photo. SF86.98(2) (Controlling the Image, p. 34-53)
  • CLASS B181050 SMART PHONE CANDID CAPTURE DISPLAY OR EXHIBIT PRINT: Entry will consist of a display of 3 pictures of 3 different candid shots or an exhibit print that captures a candid, un-posed moment. *This class is only for photos captured on mobile device (phone or tablet.) SF86.98(2) (Controlling the Image, p. 50-51)
  • CLASS B181060 TRUE LEADERS EXHIBIT PRINT: Explore true leaders in your community. True leaders can be anyone from community leaders, teachers, and volunteers to parents and friends. So, what sets them apart? What makes someone a true leaders? What effect do they have on the people or environment around them? How can you tell their story through photography? SF86.98(2)

DIVISION 182 - UNIT III: MASTERING PHOTOGRAPHY

Photos entered into the Unit III at the state fair will receive a cumulative score from three judges. Each judge can award up to five points. Exhibits are judged on the technical and artistic criteria including focus, exposure, lighting, composition, creativity and appeal. Scores in the Nebraska Career Exhibit print class will also reflect the creativity and originality of the photo and how successfully the exhibit captures the intent of the class. SF86.98(6) 

SF86.98(6): This score sheet is for state fair use only.

Unit III Exhibit Prints:

  • All exhibit prints are 8" x 10" prints mounted in 11" x 14" (outside size) cut matting (no frames) with a sandwich mat-board backing (not foam board); rectangular or oval inside matt opening.
  • Unit III Data Tags are required. (See General Rule H.)
  • Note: Manual adjustments are strongly encouraged for Unit III Exhibits.

Unit III Photography Portfolio:

  • Select ten photos from your 4-H career that represent the strongest collection of your work.
  • Photos may have been taken at any time during the 4-H experience and may have been previously exhibited. Photos can only be used in a portfolio once.
  • Place photos in plastic sleeves and present them in an 8½ x 11 black or white 3 ring binder. No matting is necessary.
  • On the first page of the portfolio include a table of contents listing a title for each photo in your collection and a narrative describing the overall intent for the portfolio. For example, the portfolio could include a range of your work from your earlier years in 4-H photography to the present, you could have a creative theme for your portfolio or you could include photos that illustrate your diverse photography skills.
  • Unit III Data Tags are required along with supporting information. On the page prior to EACH photo include an information sheet for each photo that includes 1) Unit III Data Tag, 2) the photograph title and 3) a paragraph describing how the photo contributes to the overall intent of your portfolio. The information sheet and the photo should create a 2-page layout so that when the portfolio is open the information sheet is the page on the left and the photo is the page on the right.

  • CLASS B182010 PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO: Entry will consist of ten photos that represent the strongest collection of the participant’s work. See the notes above regarding details for the class. SF86.98(5) 
  • CLASS B182020 ADVANCED LIGHTING EXHIBIT PRINT: Entry will consist of a print that illustrates creative lighting. SF86.98(3)(6) (Mastering Photography, p. 18-33)
  • CLASS B182030 BREAKING THE RULES: Entry will consist of a print that presents a unique focal point and uses different viewpoint, lines, shapes and spacing to create a compelling image. SF86.98(3)(6) (Mastering Photography, p. 34-41)
  • CLASS B182040 PORTRAIT EXHIBIT PRINT: Entry will consist of a print that captures both physical characteristics and personality in their subjects. SF86.98(3)(6) (Mastering Photography, p. 46-53)
  • CLASS B182050 CHALLENGING EXHIBIT PRINT: Entry will consist of a print that illustrates a special effect: 1) Double Exposure, 2) Light Painting, 3) Flash Multiple Exposure, 4) Filters (Mastering Photography, p. 14-17), 5) Night Time Exposure (Mastering Photography, p. 22-25), 6) Digitally altered photos, 7) Other technique not listed. SF86.98(3)(6) (Mastering Photography, p. 66-69)
  • CLASS B182060 NEBRASKA TRUE LEADER PRINT: Explore true leaders in your community. True leaders can be anyone from community leaders, teachers, and volunteers to parents and friends. So, what sets them apart? What makes someone a true leader? What affect do they have on the people or environment around them? How can you tell their story through photography? SF86.98(3)(6)

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