Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest

2020 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest

Send us your best snapshots of Missouri Agriculture for this year’s Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest! Last year, we received over 1,200 entries showcasing Missourians’ passion for and commitment to the state’s No. 1 economic generator – agriculture. This year’s contest begins Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.

Contest winners will be displayed in the Agriculture Building at the 2020 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.  

Photos will be accepted from Sunday, Feb. 2 through Friday, June 12, 2020.

Eligibility – The contest is open to any amateur photographer and a special prize will be awarded to the best photo submitted by a child, age 12 and under. Photographers may submit up to three entries per category, and the entries must show some aspect of agriculture including food production or agritourism in Missouri.

Want to check out this year’s competition? Check out our Flickr stream at


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.

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 attend 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 receive a gift basket full of Missouri Grown products.

Children’s Barnyard Winner – Missouri Grown gift basket + canvas print of winning photo
Children’s Barnyard Honorable Mention – Canvas print of winning photo

How to Enter:

*Maximum file size to use online form is 10MB

    • Note: All fields are required for submission. Incomplete forms will not be accepted as entries to the contest.

*Submitting your photo(s) is an agreement of all terms and conditions set forth in the guidelines.

Contest Guidelines:

  1. Photos must show some aspect of agriculture including food production or agritourism in Missouri.
  2. Photos must have been produced in Missouri since January 1, 2017, by the person submitting the image.
  3. Limit of three entries per category per photographer.
  4. Photographers may receive the “First Place” award in only one category
  5. Significant digital manipulation of photos is not allowed. Normal cropping, color correction, etc. are acceptable.
  6. Employees of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and their immediate families are not eligible.
Photos entered in the contest may appear on the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s website, Flickr page and in Department publications. Winning photographs will be displayed at the Missouri State Fair.

2019 Winners:

Best in Show:

Best in Show - Pure Joy picture

“Reflections” by Wanda Moore of Cabool, Mo.

People's Choice:

  • “Years of Experience” by Gabrielle Deimeke of Auxvasse, Mo.

First Family's Choice:

  • “Bottle Calves Are a Girl’s Best Friend” Christa Rhoads of Linn, Mo.

Beauty of the Farm:

  • 1st Place: “Spring Sky” by Matthew Burdick of Columbia, Mo.
  • Runner-up: “Days Gone By” by Steven Eichelberger of Columbia, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “Odd Man Out” by Brooke Rowden of Russellville, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “Christmas Morning” by Karrie Webb of Unionville, Mo.

Faces of the Farm:

  • 1st Place: “Years of Experience” by Gabrielle Deimeke of Auxvasse, Mo.
  • Runner-up: “Papa’s Helper” by Nova Hughes of Bolckow, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “Bottle Calves Are a Girl’s Best Friend” by Christa Rhoads of Linn, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “Walter” by Rebecca Steinhoff of Spickard, Mo.

Farm Selfie:

  • 1st Place: “Kiss Me” by Andrea Simms of Pleasant Hill, Mo.
  • Runner-up: “Best Buds” by Emily Meneely of Wheeling, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “I Love My Cows!” by Ashton Atteberry of Conway, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “Baldy Baby” by Keitha Hokanson of Fair Grove, Mo.

The Farmer's Life:

  • 1st Place: “The Helping Hands” by Lindsey Orphan of House Springs, Mo.
  • Runner-up: “It’s a Start” by Charlie Ebbesmeyer of Armstrong, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “Haybarn Burning” by Lydia Wagy of Glasgow, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “Beekeeping” by Christine Boyd of Manchester, Mo.

Pride of the Farm:

  • 1st Place: “Derb, a Man of Orange” by Madison Nolte of Chamois, Mo.
  • Runner-up: “Teaching the Young” by Sidney Segar of Polo, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “Working ‘Til the Cows Come Home” by Donna Gordon of Camden Point, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “Hay Girls” by Dacey Colbert of Centertown, Mo.

Children's Barnyard:

  • 1st Place: “Curious Little Lamb” by Marin Mallory of Perry, Mo.
  • Runner-up: “Charles” by Amos Phillips of Kahoka, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “Ewe Talkin’ to Me?” by Taylor Miller of Sturgeon, Mo.
  • Honorable Mention: “Horses at Sunset” by Addison Emmendorfer of Savannah, Mo.

All the photos entered in this year’s contest can be found on the Department's Flickr stream.