Amateurs. It seems anyone with a smartphone is now a photographer. For someone who shoots pictures of crops and cattle for a living, otherwise known as professional, it could be insulting.
But that is not me. I’m a fan of photography whether shot by professionals or amateurs. Frankly, a good photo is simply a good photo.
Every year, I look forward to the results of the Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest. It is fun to see how others capture our great agriculture state. Hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the contest gathers pictures from “amateur photographers” and then selects winners.
However, these photos are far from Photography 101 class. They are well thought out, capturing line, shape, form, texture, pattern, color and space. But more importantly, they capture Missouri agriculture — farmers, ranchers, livestock and scenery.
The contest had nearly 1,000 entries. “This year’s talented amateur photographers have once again shown the beauty and variety that Missouri agriculture has to offer,” Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn says. “Our farmers and ranchers work hard day in and day out to feed, fuel and clothe the world, and these images showcase their dedication perfectly.”
Photos submitted by people age 13 and older were placed in four categories: Beauty of the Farm, Faces of the Farm, the Farmer’s Life, and Pride of the Farm. Photographers age 12 and younger entered their shots in the Children’s Barnyard category.
In addition to awarding winners in each category, the photos were featured on Facebook for the People’s Choice Award. All winning photographs will be on display in the Agriculture Building at the Missouri State Fair from Aug. 13-23.
Click through the slideshow to see all the winners.