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:

June’s Iowa 4-H Camera Corps Theme 50 is “Street Photography.” Please make sure to go out and create new photographs for each theme challenge! 

With Summer upon us and the world starting to reopen, it’s time to get out and explore the genre of street photography!

What exactly is street photography?

girl in overalls walking down street at a fairStreet photography is a very broad term. Essentially, it is candid photography of life and human nature. If you are unfamiliar with the meaning of candid, it simply means unposed. So, a street photograph has to be a real, unposed moment that you capture with your camera.

An article about street photography describes it perfectly: “It is a way for us to show our surroundings, and how we as photographers relate to them. We are filtering what we see, to find the moments that intrigue us, and to then share them with others. It’s like daydreaming with a camera.” 

For most people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of street photography is a photo of strangers walking through crowded, busy city streets. While that certainly would be considered street photography, that’s not all that street photography consists of. A person doesn’t actually have to be present in the photo for it to be a street photograph, and the photograph also does not need to be taken in a busy city. It can be taken anywhere and can portray nearly anything, as long as it isn’t posed or manipulated. Keeping it candid is key!


  • People walking around your hometown
  • Family barbeque/gathering
  • People riding their bikes outside
  • Interesting alleyways and streets in your hometown - with or without people!
  • Farmers markets
  • Public parks
  • Concerts, fairs, any type of gathering of people
  • Family and friends in their own backyard, on the farm, in the garden, etc. (Just keep it candid!) 

two people walk down a sidewalk into a city​​​​​​​Tips & Tricks:

  • Street photography is all about being spontaneous and capturing moments as they unfold. Get out and explore, bring your camera (or phone) and be ready to take photos of anything interesting you see happening!
  • Stay present and observant - street photographers are observers by nature!
  • Shoot in a variety of locations - you can get a good photo anywhere!
  • If you are wanting to take photos of strangers out in public but are nervous, don’t worry! You can always let them know you are taking photos for a 4-H photography program. Don’t be scared - you’re a photojournalist for this theme! You can also try and go somewhere where more people will be. Your camera won’t stick out as much in that type of setting.
  • Technical tip: When taking candid photos, it can be helpful to switch your camera to continuous shooting mode, also known as burst mode. This means that when you hold down the shutter, the camera will keep taking photos until you take your finger off the shutter. The same thing can be done on a phone if you hold down the shutter. This allows you to capture every moment!
    • If you are shooting on a DSLR, try shooting in manual mode and increasing your shutter speed. A higher shutter speed means you will be able to capture more action and keep it crisp. A higher shutter speed will also make your photo darker, so you will have to increase your ISO and/or choose a smaller f-stop number (larger aperture) to balance out your exposure. 

      Get out there, be spontaneous (and safe!) and have fun! There are endless opportunities with street photography. For some Street Photography ideas and inspiration, check out this photo gallery! 

​​​​​​​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 “Street Photography” photo by June 30th via JotForm using this link: 

Please submit your photo on time. Thank you to our Jurors for June's theme, Christian Vandehaar and Ben Olsen!

Last month’s theme 49 – “Colors of Spring” photographs are now open for voting on the Iowa 4-H Facebook Page! Feel free to share the album post with your county and friends and family to show them your great photographs and encourage them to vote! All photographs are labeled by county.


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.