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4-H clover Minnesota 4-H statewide photography elements photo contest

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Submit up to three images that best demonstrate one of these photography elements: light, color, composition, leading lines, depth of field or shutter speed. You could win a prize!

Find lessons on these photography elements on the Minnesota 4-H Photography Project Facebook and Instagram pages and our website. Each image must demonstrate a different element of photography. Submit your entries between 1 a.m. on July 1 and 11:59 p.m. on July 15.


We will award prizes to the best image for each of the six elements of photography.

  • Photographers with the top six images will receive a table top tripod.
  • 10 randomly selected participants will receive a lens-cleaning cloth and a 4-H swag bag.

An online slideshow will feature images from the contest. You will receive feedback on your images from our 4-H volunteer photography judges. All decisions are final.

Learn more about the 4-H Photography Project

Event information

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - Wednesday, July 15, 2020
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.




Register for the photo contest using the registration button below. Once your 4-H enrollment has been verified, you will receive an email with detailed instructions and how to submit.

Registration instructions

  1. Register for the elements photo contest using the registration button above.
  2. We'll verify that you are enrolled in 4-H, then email you details on the photography elements and how to submit them.
    • Choose 1-3 different elements to demonstrate in your image submission. Links to video lessons describing each element will also be included.
  3. After taking the photos, rename the photo file like this:
    Your county, your initials and photography element in that image
    (ex. Polk_CR_leading lines, Polk_CR_light, Polk_CR_color)
  4. Send low res jpg* images to fourhphoto@umn.edu and include:
    • Your first name and last initial
    • Your county
    • The element of photography each photo demonstrates
    • (*low resolution is considered equivalent to 2400x1600 px @150dpi)
  5. Your entry will be confirmed via email and sent to judges.

A panel of 4-H volunteer judges will determine which images best demonstrate the six elements, based on overall image quality, technical ability and how well the photographer followed instructions.

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