Superintendent: Danielle Dewees, Lincoln

Rules

  1. State Fair Exhibit Quota - The current county photography enrollment will determine the maximum number of entries per class allowed to advance to the State Fair as listed below.

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

  2. 4-H members are allowed to exhibit in only one photography unit.
  3. 4-H members may enter up to three exhibits but no more than one exhibit per class (see general rules). 
  4. An image may only be used on one exhibit with the exception of the Unit III Portfolio which may include images entered as exhibit prints in other Unit III classes.
  5. Cameras - Photos may be taken with any type of film or digital camera, including phones, tablets, and drones, with the exception of Class B181050 which requires a phone or tablet camera.
  6. Manual adjustments are strongly encouraged for Unit III exhibitors.
  7. Photos must be shot by 4-H member during the current project year with the exception of the Unit III Portfolios which may include images captured and/or exhibited in previous years. 
  8. Securely attach photos, mats, backing, and data tags. Exhibits that are poorly attached may be disqualified. 
  9. Do not use photo corners, borders, or place coverings over the exhibits. 
  10. Display Exhibits - Display exhibits are allowed in Unit II classes 20, 30, 40, 50, and 70. Displays consist of three 4x6 photos mounted on a single horizontal 11x14 black or white poster or mat board. No foam board backing should be used. Each photo in the display must be numbered using a pencil. Numbers should be readable but not distract from the overall display. No titles, captions, or stick-on numbers will be allowed. PHotos may be mounted vertically or horizontally. Unit II Data Tags are required (see rule M).
  11. Print Exhibits - All print exhibits for both Unit II and III must be 8x10 printed mounted in 11x14 (outside size) cut matting with a sandwich mat board backing. No foam board should be used for matting or backing. Mat openings may be rectangular or oval. PHotos may be horizontal or vertical. No frames are allowed. Appropriate unit data tags are required (see rule M). 
  12. Entry Tags - Entry tags must be securely attached to the upper right-hand corner of the exhibit.
  13. Data Tags - Data Tags are required on all photography exhibits. Current data tags and help sheet are available at https://unl.box.com/v/4h-photography
    • Unit II Showcases - Each photo in the Showcase must have a separate Unit II Data Tag. Altogether, each Showcase exhibit will have 12 Data Tags. These may be displayed on the page before or after the photos.
    • Unit II Prints - All Unit II prints must have a Unit II Data Tag securely attached to the back of the exhibit in the upper right-hand corner.
    • Unit II Displays - Each photo of the display must include a separate Unit II Data Tag. Data Tags should be numbered with the corresponding photo's number (see rule J). Data Tags should be securely attached to the back of the exhibit.
    • Unit III Portfolios - Each image in the portfolio must have a separate Unit III Data Tag. See class description for more details. 
    • Unit III Prints - All Unit III prints must have a Unit III Data Tag securely attached to the back of the exhibit in the upper right-hand corner.
  14. Unit III Cumulative Judging - Unit III prints in classes 20-70 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. Judges will provide general feedback and critique for Unit III exhibitors based on their individual observations. Unit III cumulative judging will use the SF89 scoresheet.
  15. On-Campus Exhibition Selection - Exhibit prints may be selected from State Fair entries for special on-campus exhibitions. Selected prints will be collected at the end of State Fair and will be returned to county Extension offices after the completion of their on-campus exhibition. 

Classes

DIVISION 181 - UNIT II: CONTROLLING THE IMAGE

  • CLASS B181010 CONTROLLING THE IMAGE SHOWCASE: An entry will consist of a three-ring binder showcasing four lessons from Level 2 Controlling the Image project book. Each lesson showcase will include three separate images. Altogether, a Showcase will include a total of 12 photos. Scoresheet SF86
    • Each lesson should be selected from a different "project area" of the book. for example, you could choose the Yout Take Control from project area 1, Low Light Challenges from area 2, A Golden Photos from area 3, and Planning the Action from area 4.
    • Each lesson showcase should include 3 photos taken by the exhibitor which illustrate the lesson. For example, 3 photos using different shutter speeds or 3 photos showcasing the Rule of Thirds. You will take 12 photos in all.
    • The 3 photos should be printed at 4x6 and mounted together on an 8.5x11 paper.
    • Each individual photo must have a separate Unit II Data Tag. These should be displayed on the page before or the page after the photos. See Rule M.
    • For each lesson include: 1) a description of the lesson you are illustrating and what you learned, 2) changes you made for each photo (shutter speed aperture, type of lighting), and 3) which photo of the three is your favorite and why.
    • Showcases should be presented in an 8.5x11 three-ring binder.
    • Plastic sleeves are recommended.
  • CLASS B181020 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). Scoresheet SF87 (Controlling the Image, p. 18-33)
  • CLASS B181030 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 lessons in the Level 2 Project Manual (Rule of Thirds, The Golden Photo, Space Tells the Story, Building a Photo, and Capture a Candid Photo. Scoresheet SF87 (Controlling the Image, p. 34-53)
  • CLASS B181040 ACTION DISPLAY OR PRINT: Entry will consist of a display of 3 pictures or a print which captures action or movement of a subject. Scoresheet SF87 (Controlling the Image, p. 54-61)
  • CLASS B181050 SMARTPHONE CANDID CAPTURE DISPLAY OR EXHIBIT PRINT: Entry will consist of a display of 3 pictures of 3 different candid or unposed shots or an exhibit print that captures a candid or unposed moment. *This class is only for photos captured on a mobile device (phone or tablet.) Scoresheet SF87 (Controlling the Image, p. 50-51)
  • CLASS B181060 THEME PRINT - BEAUTIFUL NEBRASKA: Nebraska's state song, Beautiful Nebraska, talks of peaceful prairie land, rivers, hills of sand, dark green valleys, and rainbows reaching to the ground. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone has their own idea of what makes Nebraska great. Entries in the theme print class should capture and share what the exhibitor find beautiful in or about Nebraska. Exhibitors should explain how their photo fits the Beautiful Nebraska theme when answering question #1 of the Data Tag. Scoresheet SF87
  • CLASS B181070 DIGITALLY ALTERED DISPLAY OR PRINT: Digitally altered prints/displays must be created using one or more original images taken by the exhibitor. Photos must be digitally altered in some way that results in a new and unique image. This might include adding text, textures, or illustrations, applying digital filters, superimposing multiple images, etc. Exhibitors should clearly explain what digital manipulation was done and what computer software was used to create the exhibit when answering question #2 of the Data Tag. A copy of the original, unaltered photo(s) (no larger than 4x6) should be attached to the back of the exhibit. This is for the judges' reference and does not need to be a high-quality print. Scoresheet SF87

DIVISION 182 - UNIT III: MASTERING PHOTOGRAPHY

  • 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. Scoresheet SF88
    • Portfolios should include a minimum of 10 different images from the 4-H member's photography career. At least 3 images should be from the current year. The remaining images may have been taken at any time during the member's 4-H experience and may have been previously exhibited.
    • Photos should represent the 4-H member's strongest collection of work.
    • Place photos in a plastic sleeve and present them in an 8.5x11 three-ring binder.
    • Recommended photo size is 8x10.
    • Matting is not necessary.
    • Portfolios should include:
      • A narrative describing the overall intent of the portfolio (for example, the portfolio could include a range of work from 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),
      • A table of contents
      • Titles for each image,
      • Unit III Data Tags for each image, and
      • A paragraph describing how each image contributes to the overall intent of the portfolio.
  • CLASS B182020 ADVANCED LIGHTING PRINT: Entry will consist of a print that utilizes advanced and creative lighting techniques. Scoresheet SF89 (Mastering Photography, p. 18-33)
  • CLASS B182030 ADVANCED COMPOSITION PRINT: Entry will consist of a print that demonstrates advanced and creative composition techniques. Scoresheet SF89 (Mastering Photography, p. 34-50)
  • CLASS B182040 PORTRAIT PRINT: Entry will consist of a print that captures both physical characteristics and personality in a living subject. Scoresheet SF89 (Mastering Photography, p. 46-53)
  • CLASS B182050 CHALLENGING PRINT: Entry will consist of a print that illustrates a non-digital special effect or demonstrates an advanced photography technique, such as double exposure, light painting, multiple flash exposure, filters, nighttime exposure, astrophotography, underwater photography, studio lighting, or other technique not lists. The exhibitor should identify which challenging technique or special effect was used when answering questions #1 of the Data Tag. Scoresheet SF89 (Mastering Photography, p. 14-17, 22-25, 66-69)
  • CLASS B182060 THEME PRINT - N150: February 15, 2019 marks 150 years since the day the state of Nebraska chartered the University of Nebraska. That's 150 years of history to appreciate, impact to unpack, and stories to tell. Much has happened since 1869, all for the purpose of changing lives, advancing knowledge, and fulfilling dreams. How has the University of Nebraska impacted you, your family, or your community? How can you tell this story through photography? Exhibitors should explain how their photo fits the N150 theme when answering question #1 of the Data Tag. Scoresheet SF89
  • CLASS B182070 DIGITALLY ALTERED PRINT: Digitally altered prints must be created using one or more original images taken by the exhibitor. Photos must be digitally altered in some way that results in a new and unique image. This might include adding text, textures, or illustrations, applying digital filters, superimposing multiple images, etc. Exhibitors should clearly explain what digital manipulation was done and what software was used to create the exhibit when answering question #2 of the Data Tag. A copy of the original, unaltered photo(s) (no larger than 4x6) should be attached to the back of the exhibit. This is for the judges' reference and does not need to be high-quality print. Scoresheet SF89

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