Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest

2021 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest

This year, we received nearly 900 entries showcasing Missourians’ passion for and commitment to the state’s No. 1 economic generator – agriculture.

Contest winners will be displayed in the Agriculture Building at the 2021 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Want to check out previously submitted photos? Check out our Flickr stream at flickr.com/moagriculture.

Categories:

Beauty of the Farm – Missouri is home to lush landscapes, rolling hills and stunning sunsets all found right in our very own backyards. The beauty of the farm is captured through a love and respect of the land and a dedication to a better tomorrow.  Enter photographs that show the pictorial, scenic or graphic nature of Missouri farms, farming or agricultural products and represent the beauty of your farm.

Faces of the Farm – Individual people coming together with their unique personalities, ideas and work ethics are what make Missouri great. We want to see the portraits of Missouri’s farmers, farm families and people who make agriculture great doing what they do best – working! The story of agriculture is often told in the people who work and live on the land, so show us the faces of your farm.

The Farmer’s Life – The life of a farmer is unique and always interesting. With everything always on the move, photos help capture the humor, drama and fun of the farm that makes this lifestyle worth living. Work, play, friendship or farm families sharing their love for one another – it’s all about the farmer’s life!

Pride of the Farm – There is a lot to be proud of when it comes to Missouri’s farms and ranches. We know you are pleased with your trusty tractors, lush fields, healthy livestock and all the hard work that goes into them – so don’t be shy and show them off! Showcase what makes you proud to be a Missouri farmer.

Children’s Barnyard – We are amazed by the talent of the children here in Missouri. Through 4-H or encouragement for their parents, children across the state are taking incredible photos of what agriculture means to them. That’s why we created a category just for children ages 12 and younger to showcase what they are doing on the farm and in their communities.
Open to children ages 12 and younger. All types of agriculture and farming-related pictures are eligible. Parent/Guardian approval required.

Prizes:

The photographer taking this year’s Best of Show photo, and all four category winners (first place only), will enjoy a plethora of Missouri products provided by contest sponsor Missouri Grown. Winners will be invited to the 49th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture to receive their prizes:

Best of Show - Missouri Grown gift basket + canvas print of winning photo
Category Winner - Missouri Grown gift basket + canvas print of winning photo

 
Beauty of the Farm
Faces of the Farm
The Farmer’s Life
Pride of the Farm

Entries submitted by photographers age 12 and under are eligible for separate judging. The winner of the Children’s Barnyard category will also receive a Missouri Grown gift basket.

Children’s Barnyard Winner – Missouri Grown gift basket + canvas print of winning photo
Children’s Barnyard Runner Up and Honorable Mentions – Canvas print of winning photo

2021 Winners:

BEST IN SHOW:
“Hold Still” by Holly Brown of Webb City, Mo.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE:
“Hold Still” by Holly Brown of Webb City, Mo.

FIRST FAMILY’S CHOICE:
Goodnight Girls” by Amalee Barnes of Mayview, Mo.

BEAUTY OF THE FARM:
1st Place: “Hills and Highlands” by Alyssa Goodspeed of Maryville, Mo.
Runner-Up: “An Evening Cruise” by Heather Emmendorfer of Savannah, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “The Harvest” by Ryan Newberry of Raymore, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Snowy Lane” by Kristin Gall of New Cambria, Mo.

FACES OF THE FARM:
1st Place: “Good Fun” by David Vaughn Jr. of Cabool, Mo.
Runner-Up: “Pure Joy” by Haley Scott of Fordland, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Goodnight Girls” by Amalee Barnes of Mayview, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Hard Day’s Work” by David Vaughn Jr. of Cabool, Mo.  

THE FARMER'S LIFE:
1st Place: “Moisture Chew Test” by Pam Thompson of Lohman, Mo.
Runner-Up: “Daddy’s Girl” by Maggie Lowery of Puxico, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Building Fence” by Christie Hughes of Dixon, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Workin’ Time” by Holly Brown of Webb City, Mo.

PRIDE OF THE FARM:
1st Place: “Corn Harvest” by Ryan Newberry of Raymore, Mo.
Runner-Up: “Big Red” by Alyssa Goodspeed of Maryville, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Snow Queen” by Holly Brown of Webb City, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Sunrise Serenity” by Karrie Webb of Unionville, Mo.

CHILDREN'S BARNYARD:
1st Place: “The Future Looking at the Past” by Kasen Ahrens of Jackson, Mo.
Runner-Up: “Standing Watch” by Maggie Reed of Green Ridge, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Perfect Napping Spot” by Tucker Willard of Hunnewell, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Enjoying the Warm Sun” by Maggie Reed of Green Ridge, Mo.

Photo submitted to the Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest can be found on the Department’s Flickr stream.