Grand Junction photographers among ag contest winners

Two Grand Junction photographers were among the winners of an annual contest showcasing the Colorado agricultural industry.

Laurie Purcell finished first in the open professional category for an entry titled “Last Light” showing the sun setting behind a barn. Elena Dravez received honorable mentions in two categories for photographs depicting two men on horseback driving cattle down a highway as well as a young girl at a county fair.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture, AgInsights Committee and Northeastern Junior College sponsor the annual contest of photographs depicting farming, ranching and agricultural-related tourism.

“All of the judges commented on the high technical quality of this year’s entries,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “It was exciting to see the diversity of Colorado agriculture featured in the photographs.”

The winning photographs may be viewed online at the Web site located at

Entries will be accepted through Dec. 31 for the 2012 competition.