National Photography Summit Newsletter Highlight

April 15, 2019

Four Iowa 4-H Youth Experience National Photography Summit

Iowa 4-H Youth Development Communications and Creative Arts members attended the National Photography Summit, a part of the National Youth Summit Series, on February 28 through March 3, 2019 in Washington D.C. The National Youth Summit Series brings together students from across the country to learn technical skills, participate in hands-on activities, workshops, and engage with nationally-recognized leaders. The Summit Series also aims to teach lessons students can use for the betterment of their personal lives and communities.

The National Photography Summit focused on a variety of photography subjects such as equipment basics, exposure modes and settings, night photography, lighting and portraits, photography editing and offered many hands-on learning workshops. Next year, Iowa 4-H delegates will be in a leadership role to help plan the event and

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Communications and Creative Arts Specialist, Clark Colby, and AmeriCorps member, Abby Luchsinger, traveled with the selected youth to represent Iowa 4-H for the first time at the National Summit. “Attending national events is a great opportunity for our youth to represent the state of Iowa and to share and learn from other states. Everyone is learning together on a neutral ground in an exciting city with lots of things to learn and experience”, states Colby.

One of the Iowa delegates, Diana D. from Allamakee County, shared that her favorite part while attending the summit was being around people who are just as passionate about photography as she is. She also shared not only has this summit opened her eyes to new opportunities, but the Iowa 4-H Camera Corps program has opened many doors for her future. Throughout her years, she has changed her dream job many times. It started with being a vet, math teacher, fashion buyer, behind the scenes of fashion, sports photographer, and now her final pick is being a photographer! Iowa 4-H Camera Corps has inspired many to step out of their comfort zone and try new things.

Iowa 4-H Camera Corps is a talented group of youth photographers working together to make beautiful, powerful, and creative photographs of communities from across of the state of Iowa. It is a unique opportunity to practice photography skills and receive public recognition and juror feedback on photography work. Camera Corps leaders are passionate about helping youth reach their full potential, not only with their photography skills but also their leadership skills.

For more information about Iowa 4-H Camera Corps, visit

About the Author:

Clark Colby
Communications and Creative Arts Program Specialist