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The Missouri Department of Agriculture has launched the 7th annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture contest, asking Missourians to share the unique stories and images of agriculture through photographs. The contest, which runs through June 15, is an opportunity for amateur photographers across the state to submit their best images of agriculture. That image may take shape through a breathtaking Missouri farm landscape, an aerial shot of harvest, a farm tractor that has been in the family for years or a fun moment captured on a mobile device showcasing farm life.
“The images of agricultural life captured through a camera lens are both extraordinary and powerful,” said Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce. “Photos of farm animals, equipment, fields, crops and people tell the important story of an industry that many consumers have become disconnected from. Seeing the story of Missouri’s farm families come to life through these entries is something I enjoy each year.”
The Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest is open to Missouri’s amateur photographers of all ages. Participants may enter up to three photos in each of the six categories. New this year, the photo contest will include a “Farm Selfie” category. Other categories include: Beauty of the Farm, Faces of the Farm, The Farmer’s Life, Pride of the Farm. Children's Barnyard, a special category for budding photographers ages 12 and under, is back for the 7th annual contest as well.
Entries will be judged on visual impact, creativity, memorable content and image quality.
The contest offers prizes and many chances to win thanks to the Missouri Department of Agriculture's AgriMissouri program. A $50 AgriMissouri Market gift certificate will be awarded to the first place winner in each of the six categories. An AgriMissouri Market gift certificate, valued at $150, will be awarded to the Best of Show. Category winners and Best of Show will also receive professional canvas prints of their winning shot.
Winners will be announced and recognized at the 2016 Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture and the images will be displayed at the tradeshow and during the Missouri Agriculture Awards dinner and reception. Winning images will also be displayed during the Missouri State Fair in the Agriculture Building, Aug. 11-21, 2016.
To submit your photos, go to http://agriculture.mo.gov/focus/ and complete the online form. A complete list of rules and guidelines can be found on the same page. Photos submitted to the contest will be placed on the contest website and available on the department’s Flickr stream. Photos must be submitted by June 15.
Information and images provided by the Missouri Department of Agriculture [Website]