Friday, December 27, 2013

County Contest Reminder

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas.  :-)

This is just a reminder that the County Photography Contest will be held January 13th - 17th.  Entries need to be turned in to Willie no later than 5:00 January 8th.   Please follow the entry guidelines as stated in the 2014 State Guidelines.  

Email all entries to Willie at

Remember, this is not a qualifying event.  You can still participate at District and State ( for those 14 and over) even if you do not participate at County.  However, participation at County can be very beneficial with the judges feedback in determining if you want your photo to move on to District, or use a different photo.

For the Seniors who wish to compete at the State level; we can only send ONE photo per category for the whole county.  So first option will be given to those who compete at County/District.  Entry deadline for State is April 15th.

There is no charge to compete at County, so feel free to enter a photo for all 15 categories.  :-)  And remember the most important part is to HAVE FUN while you're learning.  :-)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

NEW contest: Photo Judging

There is a new Photography Project/contest at State this year; Photo Judging.  

This is a contest where the participants learn HOW to judge a photo, therefore improving their own photography skills.  I confess, I am still learning about all of this myself.  Like I said, it is a new competition that is open to both Intermediate AND Seniors.  :-)  It will be held June 10th at State Roundup.

A team consists of 4 members from the same county, and individuals may compete if we do not have enough participants to make a team..  I would love to have some of our kids participate, and am willing to put together some workshops if there is enough interest.  You can view the information and rules here: .

Please, let me know if your child would be interested in participating.  If there is enough interest I will begin organizing some workshops as early as late January/mid February.  :-)

District Photography Contest info

The District Office will be accepting entries until February 17, 2014. All contestant registration 
information should be completed on 4-H Connect by this date. All pictures must be received by the 
due date and in the specified format or the entry will be disqualified. 

Entry fees for the District contest are $8.00 per person plus $.50 per photo. You will be notified as 
soon as the contest registration becomes available on 4-H Connect. 

Entries will be showcased in a running slide presentation during District Roundup on April 26, 
2014. Selected photos will also be used on the District 5 website and may be used for marketing 
and promotion efforts.

E-mailing Photographs: 

In the subject line of the e-mail, include the name of the 4-H member and their county. Example—
Member Name, Clover County. Please make sure the photograph(s) is attached before sending. No 
text is needed in the body of the e-mail. E-mails can come from personal e-mail addresses as well as 

county Extension office e-mails. Send photographs to .

Friday, December 13, 2013

Merry Christmas to you all.  :-)  Just a reminder that the County Photography contest will be held in January.  With Christmas upon us this is a wonderful opportunity to take some really great photos.  :-)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Reminder:  There will be a  photography workshop this Thursday night, the 7th.  We will meet at the Extension Office at 6:30 pm.  This one will be to go over the rules/guidelines, categories and give you a few tips.  :-)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Houston Live Stock Show

Did you know that the Houston Livestock Show has a category for photography?  I didn't.   It's in the Horticulture division.  Go figure...

So, if you'd like to participate in the Houston Livestock so, please check out the guidelines There is NO entry fee, and parents... there is an adult division as well.  :-)  Please, read the guidelines very carefully.  These photos DO have to be mounted like we used to do, so they are not submitted online.  

Theme: Exhibitors will take a photograph representative of the theme Texas Reflections 
and Shadows. 

Guidelines: Exhibitors should review the guidelines prior to preparing their entry. 
Questions may be directed to Laura Lambert. 

 Photography entries are limited to subjects related to horticulture, flower 
arrangement, gardens, and landscapes. 
 Photographs must incorporate a reflection and/or shadow. 
 All photographs must include plant material. 

 Each entry must be titled

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

UPDATE*****  The workshop scheduled for THIS Saturday, October 19th, at Mission Tejas has been canceled due to weather.  We will reschedule as soon as possible.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Photography Workshop at Mission Tejas State Park

If you have never been to Mission Tejas State Park you are in for a treat.  

Tabitha Patterson, professional photography/owner of Borrowed Moments Photography, will host a workshop for us on October 19th at Mission Tejas State Park.  The park  opens at 8:00 am and closes at 4:00 pm.  We plan to be there all day, but you may come and go as needed.

There is a fee of $2 for anyone age 13 and over, so please bring money for that.  All children 12 and under are FREE.  

Also, please bring a picnic lunch for your family.

We will go through the park as a group and Tabitha will give tips and pointers to everyone as we go.  I'll have lists of the categories for anyone who needs one.  Just like with Teaberry Farms we should be able to cover most of the categories on the list. 

 Parents, again like Teaberry Farms, this is not a "drop off event".  At least one parent needs to attend with their children, please.  Also, feel free to bring  your cameras as well and take advantage of the opportunity.  

Please, let me know if you plan to attend this event so we can have an idea of how many will be in attendance.

** IF it should rain on the 19th we will cancel this workshop and try to reschedule at a later date**

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

If you attended the workshop at Tea Berry farms, and you or your kids got some great photos, would you please send me a copy?   I promised Mr. Richards we'd give him a copy of some of the photos we took.  I'd like to have them to him by the first week in October, so if you could get them to me by Sept. 30th that would be wonderful.  :-)

Thank you, and I'll let you know as soon as I have info on the next one.  :-)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The District Deadline for the Photography Contest will February 17th, 2014.  Willie will gather them all and send them in for us.  SO, to make sure they are all put together and entered on time you need to send your entries to Willie no later than February 13th.  You still need to register them on 4-H Online

Entrance fee for the first photos is $8.00 per person and it's 50 cents for each photo.  You will pay for them when you enter them at 4-H Online.

If you miss the February 13th deadline, you will still be able to submit them directly to District until the 17th.   I will post that e-mail address as soon as I have it.  

There will be a workshop to explain the guidelines, etc. on November 7th at 6:30 pm.  We will meet in the conference room at the Extension Office in Rusk.  

I am also working on another "on location" workshop for October.  I'll let you know the details as soon as I have everything lined out.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Art in the Park: Sights and Sounds

Art in the Park: Sights and Sounds 

 This looks like a great opportunity for anyone interested in art, or the photography project.   I cannot attend that day, but if any parent would like to organize this as part of the photography project please let me know.  Otherwise, it sounds like a wonderful family trip.  :-)

Explore nature through music and photography 
When Sep 21, 2013
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Mission Tejas State Park
Contact Name Mick Haven
Contact Email
Contact Phone (936)687-2394
Come and be inspired by nature! This day of art activities will encourage kids to examine the natural world from a new perspective. 

 Schedule of Activities:

 10:00am-10:30am: Sound Match
Mimic the music of nature in this fun partner game. Suitable for all ages. 

10:30am-1:00pm: Nature Photography Scavenger Hunt
After a brief introduction and orientation, participants will be given a scavenger hunt list and sent on their way. Visitors must provide their own digital camera. 

1:00pm: Scavenger Hunt Finale
The groups will rendezvous at the park pavilion, and we'll see who got the best photos. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Workshop Reminder

This is just a reminder that our "on location" workshop to Teaberry Farms is THIS Saturday, September 7th.  We will begin at 9:00 am and stay about an hour.  Please, let me know if you plan to attend. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

" On Location" Photography Workshop Sept. 7th

Mr. Richards, at Teaberry Farms, has graciously agreed to let us come to the Chapel at Teaberry Farms to take pictures FOR FREE.  :-)

If you've never been there, believe me when I tell you it is beautiful!  This would be a great opportunity to practice taking pictures of most of the categories in the Photography Project.  

Mrs. Tabitha Patterson, owner of Borrowed Moments  Photography will be on hand to give tips and advice to the participants. Just bring a camera and come join us!   Parents; feel free to bring a camera for yourself and come have some fun.  :-)   

We will meet at Teaberry Farms on September 7th at 9:00 am.  We'll be there about an hour or so.  If you would like to carpool that would be great!  The less cars we have the less chance of getting "background clutter" in the photos.  :-)

DIRECTIONS:  The address is 2525 O'Keefe Road Jacksonville, Texas 75766. When coming up 69 N from Rusk, turn right onto Loop 456. Follow it around until you see a gas station on your right. ( If you get to Hwy 79 you've gone too far.) Turn right at the gas station onto O'Keefe Rd. The farm will be on your right. Drive slow, because the sign is set back and you can easily miss it. If you get to where the road curves to the right, turn around because you've missed it. We'll meet at 9:00 am on Sept. 7th. If you'd like my cell  # just in case you get lost ( like I did the first 3 times I tried to find it LOL...)   e-mail me and I'll be happy to send it to you privately.  


Saturday, July 20, 2013

2014 Photography Guidelines

Here are the guidelines for the 2013-2014 Photography Project.  There have been some changes, so please read them carefully.  :-) Some great resources have also been added to the website this year, so I am including the links to those in this post.

The photography project encourages self-expression and teaches proper use of photographic equipment and developing processes. photography provides opportunities for career exploration and promoting 4-H.
Photography is also one of the less expensive projects in 4-H, and it's A LOT of fun.  Grab your friends and lets all learn how to take some fantastic photos!
I am also working on a "location workshop" for early September.  More info on that will be coming very soon.   

On Your Own


Saturday, July 13, 2013

East Texas State Fair Photography Contest

The East Texas State Fair will be held September 20th - 29th.   Entries into the Photography Competition will be accepted August 26-30 and September 3, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the ETSF Office at 2112 W. Front Street  Visit the their website for more details and submission forms.  Parents, you can enter this one too!! 

  • 12 Years and Younger
  • 13 to 18 Years
  • 19 to 39 Years
  • 40 to 59 Years
  • Age 60 and Over
  • Professionals:
Subject Categories:
Fine Art:
Still life, floral, architectural details, interpretive environmental portraits, line/form/texture
The natural scene and the rural or urban cityscape
Human Interest:
People, pets, action, human condition
Wildlife and plant life found in nature
Digital Manipulation/Photo Restoration:
Must be accompanied by an approximate 4 x 6 copy of the original photo(s)
  • A single competitor may enter a total of 10 photos.
  • Photos may be color or black & white.
  • Photos must be at least 10 inches in height or width, but no larger than 11x14 inches.
  • All entries must be mounted on 11x14 size mount board for display purposes.  Mount board should be no less than 1/16 inch or greater than 3/16 inch thickness.  Do NOT mount on construction paper or poster board.
  • Photos may be matted, but must be mounted on backing board.
  • Photo frames will not be accepted.
  • No previously entered photos at the ETSF will be accepted.
  • Entries that have been entered in other fairs or competitions will be accepted.
  • Judges and ETSF staff reserve the right to decide which photos, if any, will not be displayed.
  • ETSF will not be responsible for any damage to photos or loss of photos displayed.
  • Exhibitor must register in the appropriate amateur age group or as a professional.
Best of Show: $50
1st Place in category: $25
2nd Place in category: $15
3rd Place in category: $5
No premium paid for Best of Age Group
Premiums will be paid during the designated time period ONLY and will not be paid after that time.




Congratulations to David Wingard who received 3 blue ribbons and a red ribbon for his entries to the 4-H State Competition.  :-)

Animal- Wildlife - Blue Ribbon  ( David was particularly happy with this one, because it received a score of 96 out of a possible 100)

Darkroom - Red Ribbon

Details/Macro - Blue Ribbon

People - Blue Ribbon

Friday, May 17, 2013

Tomato Fest Photo Contest

Are you planning to attend the 2013 Tomato Fest on June 8th in downtown Jacksonville?  If so, take your camera along.  :-)  

 Show off your photography skills at the annual Tomato Fest in downtown Jacksonville (Commerce/Austin Streets) Submit photos that you feel best represents Tomato Fest for a creative competition! (Please limit entries to 10 photos per photographer.)


1. For amateurs and professional photographers -- NO entry fee!

2. Please submit photos on a CD in high resolution 300dpi digital form.

3. The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce & Superior Health Plan have usage rights to all photos submitted.

4. The photos will receive recognition if used.
Submission Date: Friday, June 14, 2013 by 5 p.m.
Drop off CDs at the Chamber office, 526 E. Commerce St., Jacksonville, TX

The winners will be posted on the Jacksonville Chamber’s website and Facebook

Visit the website for the entry form.  It is found on the left side of the website.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Results of the D-5 4-H Photography Contest

We had two members  from Cherokee County participate in the 4-H District Photography contest.  

Lacey Bivens, a Junior with Lookout 4-H Club, had two photos place in the top 5 for her division and categories.   Her entry into the "Animal-Domestic" placed 4th, and her entry into "People" placed 5th.  This is Lacey's first year in 4-H.

David Wingard, a Senior with Lookout 4-H Club also had two of his photos place in the top 5.  His entry into this year's "Theme" Category placed 5th.  This year's theme is " Holidays in Texas."  He also placed 2nd in the "People" category with his B&W photo of Lacey Bivens.  :-)

We are very proud of both David and Lacey for representing Cherokee County so well.  :-)   David also entered the 4-H State photography competition.  He will know the results in June. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Photography Workshop

Registration for The Art Behind the Career Photography Workshop is now open! It is LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 people and registration is filling up fast!



Sunday, April 14, 2013

Deadline for State Photography Competition

The deadline for the 4-H State Photography Competition is TOMORROW, April 15th.   The following categories are still open:










THEME - Holidays in Texas

If you would like to enter, please check with me first to make sure no one else has chosen that category.  We do not want to accidentally enter two in the same category and disqualify one another.  

Please, check the rules and guidelines for information about how to enter the photos properly.    Don't forget to register with 4-H Online as well.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013


This is from the This months Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter.   More information is coming soon.


Micah Holcombe,
New Topics! New Contest! You wanted it – you got it! Based on feedback from previous workshops, we’ve shaken things up a bit by providing different instruction and a brand new contest. Make plans to attend this two day workshop on July 20- 21st in Bell County. This year’s photography workshop will concentrate on careers in photography such as portrait, internet/design, commercial, newspaper, outdoor/magazine, sports, forensic, wedding, and video production. You will have a chance to select several of these careers along with a basic and intermediate/advanced level class.

We will also be doing a state-wide community service activity, making photo note cards for your favorite charity or church. Bring 5-10 of your own photos (3x5 or 4x6 size) and we will provide the instructions and mounting materials. You will have a chance to either donate your photos to Bell County for distribution or take your photos with you to donate in your local community. Assisted living facilities, Veteran’s Homes, Nursing Homes, and churches especially love receiving beautiful cards made by talented 4-H photographers!

Ever wonder how the judges decide what photo is best? Come to the workshop and learn what judges look for, then practice being one yourself. After instruction and practice, there will be a State 4-H Photography Judging Competition for Junior (8-13) and Senior (14-18) age categories. Advance registration will be required to participate in the competition so be watching future newsletters for more information.

Dance! Dance! Dance! We’ll wind the first day up with a dance from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Come as you are and join the fun as we kick up our heels to some good music! Sunday morning caps the event off with hands-on practice at a local farm. Costumed role players, antique equipment, animals, and various activities will offer a large assortment of photography opportunities.
We will wrap up by 11:00 to allow for travel, church or other family activities. Registration information will be coming soon and can be found by going to:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State Deadline April 15th

Just a reminder; the deadline to enter the state photography competition is April 15th.  Any Senior 4-H member may enter, however we can only submit ONE photo in each category for the entire county, so please check with me to make sure the category you want to enter has not already been taken.  We don't want to disqualify anyone by accidentally submitting more than one photo to the same category.  For more info please check the previous  blog entry.  :-)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Seniors - State Photography Project

Seniors ( age 14 and up) - It is not too late to enter the state 4-H Photography contest.  Even if you did not participate at the county or district level.

However, we are only allowed to enter ONE photo per category for the entire county.  That means only ONE member from all of Cherokee County may enter a photo in particular category.  If we enter more than one all entries will be disqualified.

To keep this from happening, please contact me if you would like to enter a photo, and let me know the category so I can make sure it is available.

Photos that were taken January 2012 - April 15, 2013 are eligible.  Be sure to check out the rules/guidelines for category descriptions and submission requirements. The entry deadline is April 15th. There is a fee of $10 for each entry.

There are 15 categories: 












THEME - Holidays in Texas

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Deadline Reminder!

It is NOT too late to participate in the District-5 Photography project.  The deadline to enter is THIS WEDNESDAY, February 15th. This is for Junior-Seniors only.

Please, view the rules/guidelines for submission requirements, etc.

E-mail all entries to

You will need to register with 4-H Online as well.  $7 for the first photos, 50 for each entry after that. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Results for the 2013 County photography contest

Here are the results for the 2013 County Photography Contest 
Lacey Bivens (Junior with Lookout)  - Domestic - Blue Ribbon; Nature - Blue Ribbon

Nathan Dickey (Clover Kid with Footbridge) - Domestic - Best in Show; Dominant, Nature and People - Participation Ribbons

Amber Dickey ( Junior with Footbridge) - Domestic - Blue Riboon; Nature - Blue ribbon; People - Red ribbon; Theme - Blue ribbon

David Wingard (Senior with Lookout) - All Blue ribbons in Macro, Nature, People, Theme and Darkroom.

Best in Show photo by Nathan Dickey
 Congratulations to everyone.  :-)   

Remember, it is NOT too late to participate in the District-5 Photography project.  The deadline to enter is February 15th. This is for Junior-Seniors only.

Please, view the rules/guidelines for submission requirements, etc.

You will need to register with 4-H Online as well.  $7 for the first photos, 50 for each entry after that.   

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Deadline extended/current guidelines

Deadline extended/current guidelines

The County Photography Contest Deadline was originally set for 5PM tomorow; however, Mr. Arnwine is extending the photography deadline until MIDNIGHT TOMORROW (January 9, 2013) to give everyone one more evening to submit their photos via email to  
I accidentally linked to last year's guidelines in my last update.  Here is the link to THIS year's guidelines.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Reminder:   The entries for the County Photography Contest are due by 5:00 pm this Wednesday, the 9th.   Please, follow the instructions here:   EMAIL your entries to WILLIE ARNWINE