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JEFFERSON CITY- A breathtaking photo featuring a glimpse into the life of a Missouri cattle rancher is the Best in Show for the 2021 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest, hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The photograph, submitted by Holly Brown of Webb City, , was chosen from nearly 900 photos submitted by amateur photographers from across Missouri.
“This year’s Photo Contest showcases farms and ranches of every shape and size throughout Missouri,” Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said. “Our farmers and ranchers work hard to feed, fuel and clothe not just our country, but the world. These talented amateur photographers showcase the agriculture industry’s dedication to that worthy task.”
Photos submitted by individuals 13 and older were placed in four categories: Beauty of the Farm, Faces of the Farm, the Farmer’s Life and Pride of the Farm. Photographers age 12 and under entered their shots in the Children’s Barnyard category. In total, 21 photos were selected by a panel of judges consisting of Heather Feeler and Lucas Bond, Department of Conservation; and Dane Hughes, Department of Commerce & Insurance.
In addition to awarding winners in each of these categories, the winning photos were featured on Facebook for the People’s Choice Award. The winner was selected based on the number of shares, comments and likes from June 18-25. A special award was also given again this year to the photo selected as the First Family’s Choice by Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson.
The winning photos will be on display in the Agriculture Building throughout the Missouri State Fair, Aug. 12-22. The 2021 winners are:
Honorable Mention: “Perfect Napping Spot” by Tucker Willard of Hunnewell.