2016 Focus on Missouri Agriculture contest Best in Show by Megan Lowery  – “Generational”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — For the eighth year, the Missouri Department of Agriculture will be hosting its Focus on Missouri Agriculture contest.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture asks participants to submit their best photographs of Missouri agriculture until June 15. The contest for amateur photographers is being described by Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn as a way to bring, “the simple, yet breathtaking beauty of farm life to the forefront and allows Missourians the opportunity to showcase moments that are meaningful and sometimes life changing.”

Amateur photographers of all ages are welcome to enter up to three photos in each of the six categories. The categories are: Beauty of the Farm, Faces of the Farm, Farmer’s Life, Pride of the Farm, Farm Selfie, and Children’s Barnyard.  Children’s Barnyard is a special category for children 12 and under.

According to a press release, entries will e judged on visual impact, creativity, memorable content, and image quality. A full list of guidelines can be found at agriculture.mo.gov/focus.

Contest winners will be awarded a multitude of prizes. A $50 Missouri Grown Market gift certificate will be awarded to the first place winner in each category as well as a professional canvas print of their winning shot. The Best of Show winner will receive a $150 Missouri Grown Market gift certificate as well as a canvas print of their photograph.

Winning images will be displayed during the Missouri State Fair in the Agriculture Building to be viewed by fair goers of all ages.

Photographs can be submitted by the online form found at agriculture.mo.gov/focus.