Photographers get the picture in ag contest

Cynthia June Hansen of Delta was among the entrants who earned first-place awards in an annual photography contest depicting the agricultural industry in Colorado.

Hansen’s photo, titled “Picked This Morning,” placed first in the agritourism category in the “Colorado … it’s Agricultural” contest.
Kelly Porter of Silt placed first in the livestock category with a photo titled “Paired Up.”

Jim Cox and Christina Horn, both of Palisade, received honorable mentions for their entries in the competition, as did MaryAnne Nelson of Durango.

The winners were selected from among nearly 200 entries judged on their depictions of Colorado agriculture as well as their creativity and technical quality.

“We received more entries this year than ever before, so the competition was tough,” said Wendy White, a marketing specialist with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, one of the sponsors of the contest. “The judges noticed a substantial increase in technical quality this year and they were pleased with the diversity of Colorado agriculture featured in the photographs.”

“All photographs must be taken in Colorado to qualify for the contest. However, we received entries from photographs across the state and the nation this year,” White said.

Gary Rich of Aurora won the grand prize and $150 for his photograph of combines harvesting wheat in Eastern Colorado.

The winning photographs are displayed online at the website located at www.coloradoagriculture.com as well as in the Beede-Hamil Agriculture Building at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling.

Entries for the 2011 contest will be accepted through Dec. 31. The competition features five categories: agritourism, crops, livestock, people and open professional.