The Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest runs through July 1 this year, and gives amateur photographers across the state an opportunity to submit their best images of a beautiful Missouri farm, of a farm tractor that has been in the family for years and the fun and excitement of a child at agritourism operation. Contest winners will be recognized during the 2013 Missouri State Fair, and their photos will be displayed at the Fair and at the Missouri Department of Agriculture in Jefferson City. Photographers also have the opportunity to win great prizes, courtesy of AgriMissouri.
"Every farm in our state has a story to tell and this is a great way to capture those stories and to share them with others. I look forward to seeing the outstanding work of Missouri farm families and our rural communities come through in every photo." ---Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler
The contest is open to Missouri's amateur photographers of all ages. Participants may enter up to three photos in each of the five categories. Categories include: The Beauty of the Farm, Faces of the Farm, The Farming Life and The Pride of the Farm. The Children's Barnyard a special category for budding photographers ages 12 and under, is back for the 4th annual contest as well.
Entries will be judged on visual impact, creativity, memorable content and image quality.
An AgriMissouri gift basket valued at $100 will be awarded to the First Place winner in each of the four categories. The winner of the Children's Barnyard category will receive a special gift basket filled with $100-worth of child-friendly items from AgriMissouri. An AgriMissouri gift basket valued at $250 will be awarded to the Best of Show.
For a complete list of rules and guidelines, visit mda.mo.gov/focus. 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 July 1.