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 by contacting Laura Gundlach at for displays from 2016 to present, or the UW – Extension Media Library for 2015 and earlier, for local photo training and other 4-H events.

2018 State Youth Photo Exhibit  Top 12

Picture of sand dunes and tree

Bethan Harman, Iowa County, Age 15, Climbing Namib Dunes

Image of a person's reflection in bubble solution

Olivia Scheibl, Calumet County, Age 11, Mirror of Bubbles

Black and white image of glass bottles on shelves

Kelsie Shields, Bayfield County, Age 18, Windows of Glass

Zoe Albert, Fond du Lac County, Age 18, Clothespins on a Line

Image of girl jumping over a puddle with clouds in background.

Maggie Plouff, Brown County, Age 17, Girl Jumping

Image of a farm at sunset with lightning strike across the sky

Ryan Dura, Marinette County, Age 16, Stray Voltage at the Farm

Image of a man fishing by a lake at sunset

Alyssa Strassburg, Shawano County, Age 15, One Last Cast

Image of a man getting bucked off a horse

Karissa O’Connell, Buffalo County, Age 15, Bronco

Twin girls sitting on a log, looking at each other and laughing

Lexie Stark, Columbia County, Age 18, Twins

Close-up of a grey and orange butterfly perched on a finger

Alex Harman, Iowa County, Age 19, Butterfly

Image of a baboon staring and eating grass

Megan Draheim, Racine County, Age 17, Stare

Image of streaks of blue lightning

Samantha Rogstad, Winnebago County, Age 18, Lightning