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4-H clover 4-H family and friends photo challenge

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Celebrate those around you while capturing the new ways we get together. Hopefully in the next month or so, you’ll be able to spend time with some of the people you care about. Use this time to practice taking pictures of PEOPLE. Pose them for a formal portrait or capture fun impromptu moments.


  • Take pictures and rename the files with your name and county (examples: JohnSmith.Rock1, JohnSmith.Rock2, JohnSmith.Rock3).
  • Submit up to three jpg or jpeg images to fourhphoto@umn.edu by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2021.
  • Submitted photos will be displayed in a slideshow.
  • All participants will have their names entered in a random drawing for prizes. Volunteer photography judges will provide feedback and recognize the top three images with an award.


  • Make sure there is plenty of light.
    • Indoors: A combination of overhead lights, lamps and a flash on your device should be enough in most situations.
    • Outdoors: Watch for shadows. Pose the people in a shaded area or make sure the sun is behind you. 
  • Simplify your background.
    • Make sure there isn’t anything behind someone’s head like a candle or a lamp.
    • Declutter or change your angle.
  • Move in close. You don't need the whole living room in a picture of grandpa reading to your cousin.
  • Catch them doing things like reading, rocking a child, playing with toys/games or baking cookies together.
  • Get their attention.
    • Have your subjects look at the camera.
    • Snap a picture with the subject focused on what they are doing and then take a second picture after you get their attention.
  • Get them to pose.
    • Put on those snuggly sweaters or pajamas and gather on the floor or couch.
    • Think about how you want them to pose – standing, sitting, couples together, kids in front, etc. 
    • Will you have pets or props in the picture?

Posing guides

Learn more about 4-H photography.


Youth in grades K-13.




Registration is required.

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