Enjoy photography? Have some great planting season photos you love? Consider getting out in the fields this growing season with your camera and help us tell the story of growing field corn in America!
The National Corn Growers Association is hosting the fourth annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Using this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2017.
Each of the following categories will be reviewed by a panel of judges to award 1st Prize $100, 2nd Prize $75, and 3rd Prize $50. The panel will be looking for high-quality/high-resolution photos in the following categories:
Corn - Pictures of the mature yellow ears of corn or corn kernels.
Growing Field Corn - All stages of growing from planting to harvesting field corn.
The Farm Family Lifestyle - Examples of life on the farm: Generational, Working, Playing, Pets, Livestock and Family Meals
Scenery/Landscapes – Examples: Cornfield, Farmland, Livestock, Wildlife, Sunrise and Sunset, Blue Skies, Storm Clouds etc.
Farming Challenges – Examples: Effects on Crops, Disease, Pests/Insects, Weeds, Weather (flood, drought, tornado, etc.)
SHP Conservation - brought to you by the Soil Health Partnership: conservation technology in action- examples: cover crops, conservation, and no-till, prescription nutrient management, grass waterways, buffers, etc.
Little Farmers - Born out of the Farm Family Lifestyle category, this category focuses on the newest members of the farm family, infant through pre-school.
In addition to the top prizes in each category, upon conclusion of the contest, the top three Facebook “liked” photos will be awarded 1st Prize $100, 2nd Prize $75, and 3rd Prize $50. Those photos will qualify to be judged for the Grand Prize of $500. In the event that the Most Liked photo is awarded the Grand Prize, the 4th most liked will be raised to the top three.
For more information on prizes and on these categories, click here.
It is important to note that the Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest is specifically geared toward photos of field corn and not sweet corn. If you are interested and would like to learn more about how to tell the difference, look for NCGA's "Tale of Two Corns."
Read more about the contest, official rules, and how to submit your photos here.