Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest
2021 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 nearly 1,000 entries showcasing Missourians’ passion for and commitment to the state’s No. 1 economic generator – agriculture. This year’s contest begins Monday, March 1, 2021.
Contest winners will be displayed in the Agriculture Building at the 2021 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.
Photos will be accepted from Monday, March 1 through Friday, June 11, 2021.
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 previously submitted photos? Check out our Flickr stream at http://flickr.com/moagriculture.
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 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
How to Enter:
- Submit up to three JPG/JPEG digital files per category no later than June 11, 2021
- Use our online form at http://agriculture.mo.gov/focus/submit
* Maximum file size to use online form is 10MB
- Photos must show some aspect of agriculture including food production or agritourism in Missouri.
- Photos must have been produced in Missouri since January 1, 2018, by the person submitting the image.
- Limit of three entries per category per photographer.
- Photographers may receive the “First Place” award in only one category
- Significant digital manipulation of photos, digital signatures and watermarks are not allowed. Normal cropping, color correction, etc. are acceptable.
- 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.
- “Wheat Harvest” by Megan Schafer of Martinsburg, Mo.
- “All Smiles While Feeding the Cows” by Amy Willard of Hunnewell, Mo.
- 1st Place: “Wheat Harvest” by Megan Schafer of Martinsburg, Mo.
- Runner-up: “Evening Reflections” by Alisha Hudson of Palmyra, Mo.
- Honorable Mention: “Just Henning Around” by Alisha Hudson of Palmyra, Mo.
- Honorable Mention: “High Cotton” by Brittany Dawson of Portageville, Mo.
- 1st Place: “Hold ‘Em" by Holly Brown of Webb City, Mo.
- Runner-up: “AssKickin” by Jeni Stock of Russellville, Mo.
- Honorable Mention: “All Smiles While Feeding the Cows” by Amy Willard of Hunnewell, Mo.
- Honorable Mention: “Fence Work” by Pam Thompson of Lohman, Mo.
- 1st Place: “Supervision” by Lindsey Orphan of House Springs, Mo.
- Runner-up: “If These Hands Could Talk” by Karrie Webb of Unionville, Mo.
- Honorable Mention: “All Angles of Life” by Jody Teague of Cole Camp, Mo.
- Honorable Mention: “The Leaders” by Jody Teague of Cole Camp, Mo.
- 1st Place: “New Friends” by Carolyn Buhman of Clarksdale, Mo.
- Runner-up: “God’s Country” by Brittany Dawson of Portageville, Mo.
- Honorable Mention: “Beans With a View” by Pam Thompson of Lohman, Mo.
- Honorable Mention: “Sunset Cattle” by Carla Hayes of Everton, Mo.
- 1st Place: “Wayline in the Snow” by Beau Ann Graves of Chillicothe, Mo.
- Runner-up: “Just Born” by Amelia Rohrbach of Fulton, Mo.
- Honorable Mention: “Parker the Goat” by James Reid of Brunswick, Mo.
- Honorable Mention: “Just Around the Bin” by Ryder Phillippe of Savannah, Mo.
* Submitting your photo(s) is an agreement of all terms and conditions set forth in the guidelines.
Best in Show:
“Weathering the Storm” by Christine Peper of Jefferson City, Mo.
First Family's Choice:
Beauty of the Farm:
Faces of the Farm:
The Farmer's Life:
Pride of the Farm:
Photo submitted to the Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest can be found on the Department’s Flickr stream.