Iowa 4-H Camera Corps

Apply for the 2020-2021 Iowa 4-H Camera Corps

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 your photography skills and receive public recognition and juror feedback on your work.  

Each month, a photography theme is provided with a different focus. Professional evaluators will give individual feedback to each photographer after they submit their monthly photograph, and then each photograph will be exhibited digitally on the Iowa 4-H Facebook page where voting will be open to the public.

The top ten Juror's Choice and top ten People’s Choice photographs will be printed, framed, and shown at statewide gallery exhibitions every month.

New for this year we are adding a certificate program where youth photographers will level up from newbie to master photographers as they complete certain tasks and challenges.

All youth from all counties are welcome to join Iowa 4-H Camera Corps. We want to help you become the best photographers you can be!

“I just want to say that I have really had a lot of fun doing these assignments and using my camera more. For a while I was starting to lose interest in
photography, but this has really helped me practice more.”

“Each month I seem to find a new way to enjoy each theme! This theme has to be one of my top favorites. At first it was a challenge to create a photo during golden hour that wasn't going to be a silhouette, I am so thankful for these monthly themes to help myself and others grow!!”

This months theme:

Ocotober theme is  – Golden Hues

This is a photographic challenge where you will focus on color. If you have been outside or driven around lately you will have noticed the amazing colors all around us! Golds and yellows, and tans and oranges, and the harvest sunsets! I love this time of year! Find a scene and create a photographic composition that is completely golden hues. For examples of color pallets check out these from Adobe. And just as a side note when creating artwork, websites, posters, etc. this is a great website to help you select your colors.


  • Look for changing trees, grasses, fields, full of these golden colors!
  • If someone is in your photograph have them wear clothes that are a yellow or orange or if you want to have them wear the complimentary color blue!
  • Technical tip: Set your camera's white balance to cloudy. This will warm up the look of your scene.
  • Photograph at sunrise or sunset when the sky glows with warmth, look for someone harvesting and stirring up some dust for some extra color.
  • Photograph on a clear crisp blue-sky day, find your golden view and then let the sky be the complementary color!
  • Editing Tip: Adjust the color temperature of your photograph to be warmer to accentuate the golden hues!

When submitting your photograph please save your image as:
Your County_First Name_Last Name.jpg

Voting will be opened to the public on the Iowa 4-H Facebook page after submissions are received and closed at the end of the month. Winners will be announced and highlighted on Facebook shortly after.

Submit only one photo per month, per theme. If you take multiple photographs, which we encourage you to do, please choose the photo you believe to be the best.

Submitting only one photograph will allow for better critique. Please submit your “Golden Hues” photo by October 31st via JotForm using this link:



Have your camera set to the highest resolution!  This makes it possible to enlarge photographs without reducing quality. (Minimum 300 dpi)
Set your camera to large JPEG or RAW.
Photos can be horizontal or vertical.