The Photo Search Contest is a great activity for youth to share and show their skills they have learned in photography. Be sure to check with your county office for their deadline. A printable copy of the photo search procedures and rules can be found here. Questions? Contact Celina Menard (cmenard@utk.edu).

  1. The County Extension Agent is responsible for selecting and submitting up to ten (10) entries for state judging.
  2. 4-H members are to submit their entry by the county due date. Check with your local UT Extension Office for the county due date.
  3. The ten (10) winning entries will be displayed at State 4-H Roundup. 8” x 10” or 11″ x 14″ prints will be made of the winning entries. In addition, the photos will be posted on the website for approximately one year.
  4. The entry form can be found here. This form contains an optional clause that would give UT Extension the right to use photo(s) in publications, printing, publicity opportunities, etc.
  1. Any junior (4th-6th), junior high (6th – 8th), or senior high (9th – 12th) 4-H member may submit entries. The member submitting the entry must have taken the photo(s) themselves.
  2. Photos should relate to 4-H involvement.
  3. Entries may be a single photo or a series of photos (no more than four (4) photos in a series). A series can be a before and after or how-to sequence.
  4. Each entry should consist of:
    • One completed entry form per photo entry
    • Your photo in a JPEG file
      • The JPEG file should be titled with the region initials, county name, and your name followed by a number. Numbers should follow a sequential order.
        • Example: Kimberly Ann Smith from Jefferson County in the Eastern Region is submitting three (3) photos. Her photo files would be titled:
          • ER Jefferson KAS 1
          • ER Jefferson KAS 2
          • ER Jefferson KAS 3
      • Your photo should be sized 8 x 10″ or 20 x 25 cm or 2400 x 3000 px.
  5. Entries will be submitted by county agents via an online link. Note: 2022 is the first year of no printed photo or printed entry form. ALL entry information will be digital.
  6. Entries will be judged on quality and message. The photo (or series of photos) might depict:
    • 4-H project work
    • 4-H exhibits, shows, fairs, etc.
    • Leisure education, camp, etc.
    • Human interest and other
  • The scoresheet that will be used for judging the State 4-H Photo Search Contest can be found here.

The top ten (10) photo winners will receive a rosette, and new for the 2022 Photo Search Contest, 4-H members will receive a $25 check.