Submit your best photos and videos showing Missouri agriculture to be eligible for the 2012 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo & Video Contest!

This is your chance to showcase your amateur rural and farm photos and videos for all to see.

Contest entries will appear on the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Flickr & YouTube sites. Winning entries will be displayed in the Agriculture Building at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, August 9-19, 2012, and will be included in agriculture promotion on http://www.mda.mo.gov and http://www.mo.gov.

The contest is open to Missouri’s amateur photographers of all ages.

Photos and videos must be submitted no later than Friday, June 15, 2012. Contest winners will be announced in August during the 2012 Missouri State Fair.

Photography Contest guidelines:

1. Photos must show some aspect of agriculture including food production or agritourism in Missouri.
2. Photos must have been produced in Missouri since Jan. 1, 2009 by the person submitting the image.
3. Submitted photos must have captions including:

  • Photographer’s full name
  • Hometown
  • Email address
  • Desired contest category

5. A title and a brief description of each photo, explaining what it shows and when and where it was taken
4. Limit of three entries per category per photographer.
5. Significant digital manipulation of photos is not allowed. Normal cropping, color correction, etc. are acceptable.
6. Photos previously entered into the Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest are not eligible.
7. Employees of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and their immediate families are not eligible.
8. Photos entered in the contest may appear on the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s website, Flickr page and other online venues. Winning photographs will be displayed at the Missouri State Fair and in the Missouri Department of Agriculture offices.

**NEW this year – an opportunity for photographers to submit their images directly onto the Missouri Agriculture Flickr site for entry. Entrants may submit photos by adding them to the group “The 2012 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo & Video Contest” on Flickr with caption information as specified in the guidelines.

Photographers may also submit their images via email:

  • Submit up to three .jpg-formatted digital files per category to [email protected]
  • Provide the following information:
  1. Photographer’s full name
  2. Hometown
  3. Email address
  4. A title and a brief description of each photo, explaining what it shows and when and where it was taken

•    Submitting photo(s) is agreement of all terms and conditions set forth in the guidelines.
** Winners will be contacted via email therefore it is very important that all photographers provide contact information.

Videography Contest guidelines:

1. Videos must show some aspect of agriculture, including food production or agritourism in Missouri.
2. Videos must have been produced in Missouri since January 1, 2009 by the person submitting the video.
3. Submitted videos must have captions including:

  • Photographer’s full name
  • Hometown
  • Email address
  • Desired contest category

4. A title and a brief description of each photo, explaining what it shows and when and where it was taken
5. Videos must be no longer than 5 minutes; all PSA entries must be 30 seconds in length.
6. Limit of two entries per category per videographer.
7. Employees of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and their immediate families are not eligible
8. Videos entered in the contest may appear on the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s website, Flickr page and other online venues. Winning photographs will be displayed at the Missouri State Fair and in Missouri Department of Agriculture offices.

How to enter:

Submit up to two videos per category to Focus on Missouri Agriculture by emailing hyperlinks for videos hosted on YouTube.com to [email protected]

Provide the following information:

  1. Photographer’s full name
  2. Hometown
  3. Email address
  4. A title and a brief description of each photo, explaining what it shows and when and where it was taken
  • Mail or hand-deliver a CD or DVD containing video file(s) of entry/entries to: 
Missouri Department of Agriculture 
PO BOX 630  
Jefferson City, MO 65102
  • Submitting video(s) is agreement of all terms and conditions set forth in the guidelines.

Categories for Photography & Video

Photography:

  • The Beauty of the Farm – Enter photographs that show the pictorial, scenic or graphic nature of Missouri farms, farming or agricultural products. Whether it’s a stunning agricultural landscape, a sunrise over the barnyard, the play of shadow and light from a hay rake or a cornucopia of fresh produce bursting with color, we’re looking for your interpretation of beauty on the farm.
  • Faces of the Farm – We’re looking for portraits of Missouri’s farmers, farm families and the people who make agriculture great. It might be a toothy-grinned smile of a child beaming over a slice of watermelon or the weathered face of an old farm hand, but the story of agriculture is often told in the people who work and live on the land. Show us the faces of the farm.
  • The Farmer’s Life – This is the category to show the humor, drama and fun of the farm. Whether it’s a picture of grape pickers filling their baskets in the early morning sun, a farmer racing a storm to bring in the crop or cowboys breaking a stallion, we want to see the activities of agriculture. Work, play, friendship and farm families sharing their love for one another – they all fit.
  • The Pride of the Farm – It doesn’t matter whether it’s green or red, show us your pride-and-joy tractor in the field, your trusty farm truck that helps you get the job done or any other way you use equipment and machinery to make your job easier.
  • Children’s Barnyard – Open to children ages 12 and younger. All agriculture and farming related pictures will be accepted.

Videography:

  • Stories of Years Gone By – Capture the historical memories the family farm or an old-timer telling stories of the days gone by.
  • Humorous Farm Stories – Show us the fun and humorous stories you have from the family farm or rural Missouri community.
  • Farm Safety – Develop a 30 second Public Service Announcement on the importance of farm safety.

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