Saturday, September 26, 2009

NON 4-H related photo contest

I don't know how many of you read Country Magazine, but they are having a photography contest. It is open for ALL AGES. So, for you parents who like to take photos, this is YOUR chance to enter, as well as your kids. ;-)

The rules and guidelines can be found in the October/November 2009 issue, but I will list the main rules here.

1. You must submit an 8 X 10 color print. Please do not mount the photos on cardboard or mats. If you are printing from a home computer, use the highest possible resolution and glossy inkjet photo paper.

2. Print or type your name, address and daytime phone number on a sheet of paper, along with the category in which the photo is to entered - COUNTRY KIDS, FARM ANIMALS, COUNTRY SCENERY OR RURAL PEOPLE. Include a few details about where the photo was taken, the people in it and your relationship to them, and any other information that would help us write a caption. Tape the paper to the back of the photo. Don't write on the photo itself.

3. The contest is open to anyone. No purchase is necessary. No more than six photos may be entered by a contestant.

4. Six finalists from each of the four categories will be chosen by our editors, based on the quality of the photos and how well they depict country life. "We're looking for 'found moments' rather than scenes that are staged."
Readers will vote to determine the category and grand prize winners. Voting for category winners begins with the Feb/Mar 2010 issue. The grand prize winner will be announced in the Dec/Jan 2011 issue.

Entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2009, to qualify for the contest. Please send entries to "Rural Photography Contest," Country, 5925 Country Lane, Greendale WI 53129.

There are also other guidelines like "entries become the property of.....", but you can read that in the magazine.

You can also vote for the current grand prize winner here. There are some really cute photos. ;-) Have fun!!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Workshop Reminder

Just a reminder that a photography workshop will be held tomorrow night for all children interested in the photography project. The next one will be held Oct 5th. Please plan to attend one of them, so that your questions can be answered. :-) The following information is the same for both workshops.

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Extension Office


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Reminder and Links

Hi ;-)

Just a quick reminder that the first workshop for the photography project will be NEXT THURSDAY, September 24th at 7:00 pm. We will meet in the room at the Extension Office. The second class will be Oct. 5th. Same details as the first workshop. You only need to attend one, as the information will be the same at both workshops.

I have been given some links to some sites that are pretty neat. If anyone knows Janie Barber, owner of Lady Jane's Photography (and Antiques) in Jacksonville, she has some beautiful photos. The link to her site is: She mainly does black and white photos. They are beautiful. If you get a chance to stop by Lady Jane's in J'ville, you can see many of her photos on the wall in her photography area. She is very nice, and very knowledgeable. Stop by and talk to her. ;-)

Some other sites you may be interested in are: and These sites are for people who love to take photos for the sake of taking photos, and they post them here. You can get some great tips, and view some really neat photos. ;-)

**Disclaimer: I have not had a chance to extensively view these last two sites, so if there are any "inappropriate" photos posted there I do not know about them. Parents may want to check them out first. ;-)

Hope to see you all at the workshops. Remember, have fun taking the photos! ;-)


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Check out these links!!

Hi, everyone ;-)

I just found out that there is a National 4-H photography contest, and the winning pictures get made into the 4-H calendar, which is then sold in the 4-H source book. :-) The winners for the 2011 calendar have already been posted, and Willie is trying to find out more info for us to see about entering for the 2012 calender contest. As soon as we have that info I will post it.

I thought you might like to take a look at the current and past winners for tips and inspiration. ;-) Here is the link to the 2011 calendar winners, and when you scroll to the bottom you can see past winners all the way back to 2002.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

East Texas State Fair Photo Contest

I am sorry for the short notice, but I just recently found out about this myself. The East Texas State Fair is having a photo contest, and for $5 per entry you may compete. Also, there are several age levels, so ADULTS may compete as well. ;-)

There is no time frame for when the photos had to be taken, so photos you have taken in the past will work. Do you have a photo you are particularly proud of? Did you take it 2 years ago? No problem!! As long as you have not previously submitted it to the East Texas State Fair competition, then it IS ELIGIBLE! :-) Even photos you used in the 4-H competition in the past.

Please, visit the link for categories and rules.

I do know that the photos must be 8 X 10, and it is $5 for each photo. You may submit up to 10 photos.

The bad part.... the deadline to enter is THIS SATURDAY, September 5th. So get them in THIS WEEK. Have fun, and be sure to let me know if you entered, especially if you win. I want to put an article in the paper about it. ;-)

Be sure to check out the website for other opportunities to compete, such as the Arts and Crafts, etc.


2009-2010 INFO

WELCOME to a new year in 4-H!!!

I have been told that the rules are the same as last year, so please feel free to go by last years until the new guidelines are posted. You will find a link to the guidelines on the side bar. As soon as the new "Theme" is announced I will post it here.

I will hold TWO workshops for those interested in photography. The first will be held September 24th, 7:00 pm at the Extension Office, and the second will be held October 5th, 7:00 pm at the Extension office. I do not think these will last more than 1hour, and you only need to attend one. I am offering two workshops for those who cannot make the first one.

The deadline to enter your photos is October 30th, by 5:00 pm. Just turn them into Willie at the Extension Office.

The photos will be judged the first week of November.

REMEMBER: Photography is the only project that you do not have to "advance" to participate. That means you DO NOT have to participate in the county competition to move on to District. If you choose to just compete at the District level you have more time to take your photos, just make sure Willie has them by the end of November, so he can turn them in to District.

Also, even if you compete at county, you may still take photos, and submit those to District, instead of the ones you used for county.

For the Seniors, you DO NOT have to compete at District to compete at the state level. You can just do state if you want, or you can compete at all 3. However, if you do compete at the District level, and want to use the same photos at state, be sure to make copies of them because you will NOT get them back in time to meet the deadline for state. This way, you can print the copies again, and just follow the state guidelines for mounting them.

You CAN use different photos for state than you did for county/district. The deadline to enter the photos for the state level will be in April. I'll get the exact date for you when it is announced.

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to call me, or e-mail me. Most of all HAVE FUN!! :-)