In 2020, we went from one unprecedented event to another. A challenging year for so many, yet photographers continued to share essential farmers’ stories of perseverance through the seventh National Corn Growers Association Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest.
Also unprecedented was the number of social shares, breaking records overall for NCGA’s photo contest. NCGA awarded two Grand Prizes. A grand prize was awarded for the single most popular photo, taken by Amanda Bush of Ohio, “Cotton Candy Harvest,” which gained more than 1,700 likes on Facebook. Also, one selected by a panel of judges was an image submitted by McCullum Steen from Illinois titled “Harvest 2020.”
“Grit and grace characterize the photos of the year,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Manager Beth Musgrove. “The Facebook engagement this year is telling that people are appreciative of the beauty of rural America in their daily feed.”
“We continue to look at different ways to improve the contest by adding new categories. Livestock and Farm Pet categories highlighted more life on the farm.” Musgrove added.
In total, 26 prizes were awarded across seven categories ranging from farming challenges to growing field corn to the farm family lifestyle. Winners are determined through a combination of Facebook likes and consideration of a panel of judges.
Two grand prize winners were selected overall and received $500 followed by seven different categories announcing a first, second, and third grade prize. First place received $300, second place with $200, and third place received $100. The photo contest had a total of seven categories — Farm Pets, Livestock, Corn, Growing Field Corn, The Farm Family Lifestyle, Scenery/Landscapes, Farming Challenges, and Conservation.
If you missed this year’s contest, there is no need to fret — the 2021 contest starts this spring! The contest will re-open in spring 2021 and run until November 30, 2021.
To view all of the winning photos, check out their website.