Colorado Department of Agriculture sponsoring agricultural photography contest

Summer harvest is under way and it is a great time to snap a photo and enter the annual “Colorado…it’s AgriCultural” photography contest. Colorado agriculture is easily captured in pictures and the 14th annual photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate Colorado agriculture.

“The contest celebrates the diversity of Colorado agriculture as well as its importance to the state’s economy,” said Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar. “It is exciting to see how photographers capture the spirit of agriculture in the state.”

Entries must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Agriculture with an official entry form by Dec. 31, 2011. All photographs must be taken in the 2011 calendar year and must relate to Colorado agriculture in some way. Prizes will be awarded in five subject areas: agritourism, crops, livestock, people and open professional. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter, however, professionals may only enter agriculture-related photographs in the “open professional” category.

Judging will be based on theme, creativity and technical quality. The photographer whose picture best depicts the spirit of Colorado agriculture will receive a $150 gift card, and category winners will receive a “Colorado…it’s AgriCultural” prize pack. All winning photographs will be displayed in the Beede-Hamil Agriculture Building at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling.

Visit www.coloradoagriculture.com/aginsights or call 303-239-4119 for complete contest rules and an entry form. The contest is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the AgInsights Committee and Northeastern Junior College.

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