CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — Photographers captured farmers’ stories from the challenging 2019 growing season in the sixth National Corn Growers Association Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest.
This year, NCGA awarded two Grand Prizes. “Solid Foundation” by Harlen Persinger of Wisconsin won the Grand Prize as selected by a panel of judges.
“Reflecting on 2019” by Tricia Braid of Illinois won the Grand Prize in the most popular category, receiving 1,272 likes on Facebook.
“These photos represent a combination of difficulty and optimism,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Manager Beth Musgrove. “With delays in planting and harvest for many, the contest was naturally off to a slow start, but the overall outcome gives us so much to look back on.
“We continue to look at different ways to improve the contest by adding new categories. In 2018, we added the True Grit category to highlight the hard work farmers put in every day. We tweaked that for 2019 with the True Grit Women’s Edition.”
In total, 23 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.
Images submitted to the contest are valuable assets for NCGA in publications, social media channels and the website, Musgrove said.
The contest will re-open this spring.