(Posted Wed. Jan 25th, 2017)
The National Corn Growers Association today announced the 22 winners of the 2016 Fields of Corn Photo Contest, a contest that provided aspiring shutterbugs of all types the opportunity to share in – and visually communicate – the great beauty and hard work that make up American agriculture.
“For the third year in a row, we opened up this photo contest to the general public, and we are again impressed with the high quality of the results,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Designer Beth Musgrove. “These images will help us tell the story of farming in a meaningful, powerful way and, in fact, they are already featured in some of our publications and on our website.”
Winning the grand prize was Morgan Winkler of Lyon Station, Pa. Her image, “Bee’s Wings-A-Fly’n,” came from the “corn” category just added this year. Featuring a striking image of sharply detailed corn in motion against a dramatic backdrop, her photo demonstrates the incredible beauty inherent in daily life on farms across America. More than 326 photos were entered and judged online, with entries up 30 percent from the contest last year.
In addition to the grand prize, photographs were judged across seven specific categories, and three winners were named for each category.
Photos from this and last year’s contests have been featured in NCGA’s publications. To see these incredible shots at work telling the story of U.S. corn farmers, check out NCGA’s annual report. Also, look for one to appear on the cover of the upcoming 2016 National Corn Yield Contest Guide, to be released at Commodity Classic.