They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why the National Corn Growers Association wants to see your corn stories in their annual photo contest.
The NCGA invites photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the fourth annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest just opened last weekend, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2018.
Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for 25 cash prizes. Prizes include cash awards for the top three entries in eight categories including: Corn, Growing Field Corn, Farm Family Lifestyle, Scenery/Landscape, Farming Challenges, SHP Conservation, one for the most popular as determined by Facebook “likes” and, new this year, True Grit.
The new True Grit category was borne out of the Farm Family Lifestyle category. This new category focuses on the people getting work done with their bare hands. The Little Farmers category was eliminated from the contest this year, but photos of that nature will still be accepted in the Farm Family Lifestyle category.
It is important to note that the Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest is specifically geared toward photos of field corn and not sweet corn. If you are interested and would like to learn more about how to tell the difference, click here for NCGA’s Tale of Two Corns.
While entries will only be accepted until November 30, 2018, entries may accumulate “likes” until December 31, 2018. Winners will be announced in January of 2019.
Last year 469 photos were entered and judged online, with entries up nearly 44 percent from the contest the year before. Winning the grand prize was Lance Otto of Redwood Falls, Minnesota. His image, “Harvest Glow,” came from the “scenery and landscapes” category. Featuring a unique perspective of harvest set against a dramatic sunset backdrop, his photo demonstrated the incredible beauty inherent in daily life on farms across America.