“Say Cheese” – California Farm Bureau opens annual photography contest

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Amy Blagg’s two sons, Nathan, 5, right, and Henry, 2, hold hands while out in the field with the family’s cows. Blagg, executive director of the Lodi District Grape Growers Association, won the grand prize in the 2014 California Farm Bureau Photo Contest with this photograph.
Amy Blagg’s two sons, Nathan, 5, right, and Henry, 2, hold hands while out in the field with the family’s cows. Blagg, executive director of the Lodi District Grape Growers Association, won the grand prize in the 2014 California Farm Bureau Photo Contest with this photograph.

Amateur photographers can win up to $1,000 in the 35th annual California Farm Bureau Photo Contest, which has now opened. This year’s theme , “Fresh Perspective,” encourages participants to share their unique take on California agriculture.
Photos must showcase California agriculture, and this includes a variety of farm and ranch subjects. Examples include farm animals, items being grown or harvested, rural scenery, fresh or plated food, and people working or living on a farm or ranch. There are no specific categories for entries; participants may submit up to five print or high-resolution digital photos of their choice.

 
Entries will be eligible for one twelve cash prizes ranfing from $50 up to the $1,000 Grand Prize. The contest is open to members of county Farm Bureaus in California and supporters of the California Bountiful. Participants must be ameteur photographers–those who do not regularly receive income from photography.

 

In addition to the general competition, aspiring shutterbugs ages 13 and tyounger who are children of dependents of Farm Bureau members or California Bountiful Foundation supporters are invited to submit photos as “Budding Artists”. Presented by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, this category awards a first-place prize of $250 and a second-place prize of $100. All Budding Artists entrants also receive a copy of the “imagine this…” book of stories written by students and inspired by agriculture.
In addition to the cash prizes, winning photos will be published in the weekly California Farm Bureau newspaper, Ag Alert and bimonthly California Bountiful magazine.

 

The photos will also appear on the organization’s website, www.cfbf.com and www.californiabountiful.com, and social media pages.

 
All entries must be postmarked or submitted online by September 30th. Entry forms and official contest rules are available online at www.cfbf.com/photo-contest and www.californiabountiful.com and from county Farm Bureaus.