How should I send my entries?

New this year, we prefer that you email your photos to Please use “NC 4-H Photo Contest 2014” as your subject, and include an entry form with your email (you can attach it to the email or type its information directly into your email.)

What do the winners receive as awards?

Ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place and Honorable Mention. Each winner also receives a congratulatory letter from the Department of Communication Services. Winning entries are displayed on the 4-H Photography Contest webpage.

Will the winners be announced in any newspapers?

Perhaps! This is up to the discretion of the individual county 4-H agents to contact their local newspapers about the 4-H'ers who have received awards in this contest.

Is there always a "Best of Show" winner?

No, "Best of Show" winners are designated as such when the judges feel that a particular 1st place photo is clearly deserving of extra recognition. It is a great honor for the photographer and a real treat for the judges when we discover such an image!

Will participants receive a written critique of their entries?

Since the judges are asked to review a very large number of photo entries, they are not required to provide written critiques. We received close to two hundred entries last year and just don’t have the staff to individually critique each one. However, we do try to provide general information about what the judges liked and why they chose certain winners in a given year.