July 25, 2021

Photo contest captures beauty of Indiana’s rural landscape

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is currently accepting submissions for the 14th annual Indiana Agriculture Photo Contest.

The purpose of the photography contest, which is open to all Hoosier residents, is to help recognize the hard work and the contributions of Indiana farmers, as well as the beauty of the state’s agricultural landscape.

Bruce Kettler, the ISDA director, said he is excited about the contest because it allows a unique opportunity to show off the different parts of agriculture.

Kettler said there are four categories:

• On the Farm — This category showcases any building, piece of equipment or activity on an Indiana farm.

• Faces of Agriculture — This category features those who grow and produce food, fuel and fiber in Indiana.

• Agritourism — This category spotlights Indiana’s seasonal and agricultural destinations, such as orchards, wineries and farmers markets.

• Conservation — This category highlights Indiana’s natural beauty with landscapes, water and wildlife.

Two from each category will be selected as winners and then two overall winners will be chosen, Kettler said.

Each year, the photo contest receives about 500 submissions. The contest is open to both professional and nonprofessional photographers.

Kettler said some of the photos are taken with high-end cameras, while others are taken with cellphone cameras.

The deadline for submissions is June 30. Winners will be announced during the Celebration of Agriculture event at the Indiana State Fair.

Contestants can submit up to five photos in digital format accommodated by a submission form for each picture. Photos will be evaluated based on creativity, composition and category representation.

To submit a photo or learn more about the contest, visit tinyurl.com/46svv2e.

Ashley Estes

Field Editor