A photograph by Rachel Eggemeyer — who captured her daughter, Claire, in her flower-girl dress from a family wedding a few years ago — has been chosen as the winner of BASF’s 2023 Cotton Variety catalog photo contest.
“When Noble, our BASF sales rep, called me to tell me I won, I was shocked because I’m not an actual photographer,” said Eggemeyer, who farms in Midkiff, Texas. “I just like to play around with my camera on the farm, so I was excited.”
Rachel met Russ Eggemeyer at Texas A&M University in 2003 and have been married for close to 16 years. After living for a while in in Dallas, Russ, a fifth-generation farmer, began hearing the fields calling his name. In 2011, the Eggemeyers moved to Midkiff with their children to start farming with Russ’ family, growing cotton, corn, and wheat.
They say they use FiberMax and Stoneville cottonseed because it produces high-quality cotton that is disease resistant and has given them strong yields.
You can listen to Rachel Eggemeyer talk about her winning photo here: