Iowa 4-H Camera Corps

Apply for the 2019-2020 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!

Upcoming Opportunity:

Design Camp – Virtual – June 21-26, 2020

Sessions will likely include 3D animation, 3D Prototyping, Residential Interior Design, Tiny Home Design, Digital Photograph and Editing, Digital Illustration, Brand Identity, Poster Design, Public Space Design, Storyboarding, Disaster Response Modeling, etc. Cost is $250, apply here: Register Now!

This months theme:

June’s Iowa 4-H Camera Corps Theme 38 is “Family.” Please make sure to go out and create new photographs for each theme challenge!

Many of us are spending more time with our families now more than ever. Quarantining at home has allowed families all over the world to spend more quality time together that they were often too busy to do before. The uniqueness of this situation makes it a perfect opportunity to capture some meaningful photos of family-- photos that you will look back on years from now and reminisce about.

Family means something different to all of us, and can be difficult to define. A family can be large or small, traditional or untraditional. You may have people in your life that you aren’t related to, but consider them to be family. No two families look the same. And let’s not forget about our beloved animals; of course they are family too! With this in mind, what is family to you? What emotions does the word make you feel? These are important things to consider when figuring out what to photograph for this theme. Maybe being under the same roof with your family for so long is driving you a bit crazy. Maybe you have started a new family tradition. Let’s capture these moments and feelings!

Things to try:

  • Try getting some candid shots. Oftentimes candid photos portray emotions in a way that is difficult to do through posed shots.
  • Put your camera in burst/continuous shooting mode. Whether you are shooting on a DSLR or a cell phone, using burst mode will continue to take many photos at a high speed until you take your finger off of the shutter. This feature allows you to capture a moment as it unfolds, and can be particularly great for getting authentic candid shots.
  • Experiment with perspective, how can changing your position as the photographer affect the story you’re telling of your family?
  • Take lots of photos!

Keep in mind, this theme doesn’t necessarily mean that your family has to be the subject of your photo. Perhaps you’d prefer to take a photo of an object that represents family to you. Regardless of what you choose to photograph, ask yourself, does this photo tell a story?

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 “Family” photo by June 30th via JotForm using this link:

Be safe out there!

Please submit your photo on time. Thank you for participating in Iowa 4-H Camera Corps! We look forward to viewing your photos and watching you grow in the field of photography. 


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.