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:  

National 4-H Photography Summit – Washington D.C. – February 26th - March 1st. If interested apply here:

This months theme:

February’s Iowa 4-H Camera Corps theme 34 is “Symmetry”. Please make sure to go out and create new photographs for each theme challenge!

What is symmetry?

Symmetry is when you think about your composition as if a line was running through the middle of your frame. If on both sides of that line subjects are more or less mirrored from one another, then the composition would be considered symmetrical.

You have two options to choose from, vertical line of symmetry (VLS) or horizontal line of symmetry (HLS).

Think of vertical line of symmetry like a book, with facing pages reflections of each other. 

Horizontal line of symmetry is when the dividing line is parallel to the horizon line. Maybe it is the horizon line, think about a lake reflecting the trees on the other shore. 

Humans search for symmetry and also variety. We love the balance of symmetry, it feels stable, even, and structural. If something is not symmetrical that should be, humans are very quick to notice. 

Things to try:

-       Subjects that are symmetrical in the world

-       Subjects that can be reflected in something to create a symmetrical composition

-       Arrange subjects in a symmetrical way

-       Compose your frame in a way that the subjects in your composition are symmetrical even if just beyond the frame they might not be. 

-       Try moving closer or farther away from your subject to create that perfect symmetry

-       Purposefully place your main subject in an otherwise symmetrical composition to create focus

-       Fill the frame with your symmetrical composition

Things to avoid:

-       Asymmetry, things that are off balance.

-       Slightly off photographs, go for that perfect vertical or horizontal line of symmetry

-       Make sure that even at the edges of your composition subjects are symmetrical, if needed crop the photograph to achieve symmetry

Some potential subjects could be: 

-       Architecture

-       Using mirrors or reflective surfaces

-       People

-       Natural symmetry

-       Human made symmetry

-       Strong Leading lines

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 “Symmetry” photo by February 29th via JotForm using this link:

Please submit your photo on time.


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.