Annual photo contest celebrates Colorado agriculture

Picturesque agricultural landscapes can be found across Colorado, from cattle grazing in a mountain meadow and Western Slope orchards ripe with plump fruits to graceful wheat blowing in the breeze. It’s time to capture the “spirit” of Colorado agriculture through photographs. The 18th annual “Colorado… it’s AgriCultural” photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate the state’s farm and ranch heritage.

Entries must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Agriculture via e-mail with an official entry form by Dec. 31. All photographs must be taken in the 2015 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 enter only 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 $150. 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 and will be showcased on the state Department of Agriculture website.

For complete contest rules and an entry form, visit or call 303-869-9174. The contest is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the AgInsights Committee and Northeastern Junior College.

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