Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest

This year, we received nearly 500 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 2023 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Want to check out submitted photos? Check out our Flickr stream at


Beauty of the Farm – Enter photographs that show the pictorial, scenic nature of Missouri farms, farming or agricultural products. Display the beauty of your farm!

Faces of the Farmer – Submit photos of Missouri farmers, farm families and people who make agriculture great! The story of agriculture is often told in the people who work and live on the land, so show us the faces that make your farm special.

Around the Barnyard – Show us your favorite farm animals! Livestock of all kinds make up farms across Missouri. And, what is agriculture without a few barn cats and farm dogs? We want to see your animals of all shapes and sizes.

Everyday Life – From planting and harvesting to chores and tractor rides, we want to see what takes place on your farm on a day to day basis. Whether you're a row crop farmer, an urban agriculturalist or a livestock producer, your daily routine matters to Missouri agriculture. Show us farming in action on your operation!

Kid's Corner – FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS 12 AND UNDER. Children across the state are taking incredible photos of what agriculture means to them. That’s why we created a youth category - to showcase the talent of young Missourians! Parents, please do not submit photos you took of your children in this category.


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 mailed 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 Farmer
Around the Barnyard
Everyday Life

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

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

2023 Winners:

“Hitched” Tony Cook of Fayette, Mo.

Little Future Farmer” by Lacie Ritter of Saint Mary, Mo.

1st Place: “Sunset Planting” by Pamela Thompson of Lohman, Mo.
Runner-Up: “Dusty Bean Harvest” by Pamela Thompson of Lohman Mo.
Honorable Mention: “High Cotton” by Gage Silman of Lilbourn, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “After a Long Day” by Sherry Schulte of Maryville, Mo.

1st Place: “When Farming is All You Know” by Tamra McClellan of New Madrid, Mo
Runner-Up: “Supper from a Sack” by Pamela Thompson of Lohman, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Feeding Time” by Sherry Schulte of Maryville, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “New to the Farm” by Kayla Colvin of Dixon, Mo.  

1st Place: “Multitasker” by Holly Brown of Webb City, Mo.
Runner-Up: “Waiting Game” by Tamra McClellan of New Madrid, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Soybean Development” by Charlie Ebbesmeyer of Fayette, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Triticale Team” by Karrie Webb of Unionville, Mo.

1st Place: “Not in the Mood” by Christina Wheeler of Kennett, Mo.
Runner-Up: “All in a Row” by Makenna Merrifield of Adrian, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Bok Bok” by Jay Howie of Villa Ridge, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Feeding Time” by Pam Thompson of Lohman, Mo.

1st Place: “Funny Farm” by Carleigh Wilson of Warrensburg, Mo.
Runner-Up: “Fresh Harvest” by Erma Evans of Stewartsville, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “Our Red Barn” by Brock Watson of Lentner, Mo.
Honorable Mention: “After the Storm” by Charlot Thornton of Slater, Mo.

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