Fifteen photographs submitted by American Farm Bureau Federation members and staff were chosen out of more than 620 entries as the winners of the 2013 Farm Bureau Photo Contest. The contest was jointly sponsored by AFBF and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
Winning photos accurately portray today's farm and ranch families and their efforts to maintain a safe and healthy place to work and live, AFBF said.
Winners were selected in three categories:
My Scenic Farm or Ranch: Emily Waggoner, Pendleton, S.C., first place; Andie Traphagan, Ravendale, Calif., second place; Sarah Hardie, Fairmount, N.D., third place; Jami Guess, Louisville, Ky., honorable mention; Jim McLeod, Burfordville, Mo., honorable mention; Lynsey Evans, Terre Haute, Ind., honorable mention.
Sharing the Story: Carol Schmidt, Noblesville, Ind., first place; Carol Schmidt, Noblesville, Ind., second place; Tammy Widenbeck, Lancaster, Wis., third place.
Working on the Farm or Ranch: Laurie Link, Meadville, Mo., first place; Danielle Lindemann, Valley City, N.D., second place; Emily Chauvin, Franklin, La., third place; Emily Waggoner, Pendleton, S.C., honorable mention; Katherine Plessner, Verona, N.D., honorable mention.
Judges also selected a Best in Show and two runners-up from the pool of winning images this year. Emily Waggoner of Pendleton, S.C., took Best in Show. Laurie Link of Meadville, Mo., took first runner-up and Carol Schmidt of Noblesville, Ind., took third runner-up.
A photo submitted by Rebekah Rubingh of Ellsworth, Mich., earned the Animal Care award.
Winners will be highlighted at the AFBF Annual Convention, Jan. 12-15, in San Antonio, Texas. First place winners will be awarded $100, second place, $75 and third place, $50. Best in Show will be awarded $400, first runner-up, $300 and second runner-up, $250. The Animal Care award winner will receive $200.
View the entire list of winners and their photos on AFBF's Voice of Agriculture website.
Photos courtesy AFBF