State 4-H Youth Photo Exhibit

If a photo is worth a thousand words, then Wisconsin youth are speaking volumes through the 4-H photography project. Across Wisconsin, more than 11,500 4-H youth explore the art and science of photography each year. Looking through the camera helps young people isolate a subject from the rest of the world, forcing them to really “see” the subject and the world in a new way.

The learning process begins in fall with 4-H enrollment and culminates with photo exhibits at summer county fairs. In between, are project meetings and photo field trips under the guidance of parents and over 550 adult and youth volunteer leaders.

More than 130 of the best 4-H photos become part of the annual State 4-H Youth Photo Exhibit. Each county may submit three photo entries for the display, most of which are selected at county fairs in summer.

The State 4-H Photo Advisory Committee, a group of 4-H photo volunteer leaders and county fair photography judges, select the Top 12 photos which are highlighted in the State 4-H Youth Photo Exhibit. In August, the entire exhibit is displayed at the Wisconsin State Fair for thousands of visitors to see and then becomes a traveling exhibit that county Extension offices and volunteer leaders can borrow through the Cooperative Extension Media Collection for local photo training and other 4-H events.

2017 State Youth Photo Exhibit  Top 12


Alex_Zimmerman_Fast Pitch

Fast Pitch – Alex Zimmerman, Shawano County

Thomas Galleske_Lost to the Waves

Lost to the Waves – Thomas Galleske, Washington County

Dijzia_Emma Schuren

Dijzia – Emma Schuren, Sheboygan County

Kelsi Shields_Graduation Days

Graduation Days – Kelsi Shields, Bayfield County

Haley Monette_The Perfect Petal

The Perfect Petal – Haley Monette, Polk County

Maire Kasprzak_Serenity

Serenity – Marie Kasprzak, Rock County

Kelsey Henderson_Farming through the Generations

Farming Through the Generations – Kelsey Henderson, Racine County

Danielle Rusch_Bean in Millennium Park

Bean in Millennium Park – Danielle Rusch, Shawano County

Face to Face_Matthew Dahl

Face to Face – Matthew Dahl, Kenosha County

Sara Boughton_Morning Glory Pool

Morning Glory Pool – Sara Boughton, Outagamie County

Kernen Jarr_Bad Hair Day

Bad Hair Day – Kernen Jarr, Sheboygan County

Carter Robaidek_Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake – Carter Robaidek, Eau Claire County