Twenty-five photographs submitted by 20 Farm Bureau members and staff were chosen as the winners of the 2012 Farm Bureau Photo Contest.
The contest, held by the American Farm Bureau Federation together with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, selected winners in five categories that accurately portray today's farm and ranch families and their efforts to keep farms a safe place to work and a healthy place to live.
The winners by category are:
Safety & Health: Mary Ann Renner, Ferndale, Calif., first place; Sydney Edwards, Wendell, N.C., second place; William Burleigh, Tavares, Fla., third place; Andy Lucas, Montrose, Ga., honorable mention; Staci Lee, Kindred, N.D., honorable mention.
At Work on the Farm or Ranch: Sydney Edwards, Wendell, N.C., first place; Tina Witte, Atkinson, Ill., second place; Robert DeGrandchamp, South Haven, Mich., third place; Peggy Gannon, Jefferson, Iowa, honorable mention; Brenda Hastings, Chardon, Ohio, honorable mention.
At Home on the Farm or Ranch: Michelle Shooter, Rowland, N.C., first place; Tina Witte, Atkinson, Ill., second place; Rita Kleve, Holyoke, Colo., third place; David Sean Hinton, Carrollton, Ohio, honorable mention; Jacki Picco, Richmond, Va., honorable mention.
Consumer Outreach: Dani Walker Kreutter, Waterloo, Ind., first place; Raquel Landry, Lake Charles, La., second place; Barb Iverson, Woodburn, Ore., third place; Claire Smith, Belmond, Iowa, honorable mention; Brenda Hastings, Chardon, Ohio, honorable mention.
My Scenic Farm or Ranch: Laurie Link, Meadville, Mo., first place; Barb Iverson, Woodburn, Ore., second place; Cynthia Elder, Fancy Farm, Ky., third place; Peggy Gannon, Jefferson, Iowa, honorable mention; Tom and Kay Luxton, Hillpoint, Wis., honorable mention.
Winners will be highlighted at the AFBF Annual Meeting, Jan. 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn., and the top three placing photos in each category will receive monetary prizes. First place winners will be awarded $200, second place, $150 and third place, $100. Placing photos will also be used by AFBF and related companies, publications and promotions in the future.
Winning photos can be viewed by visiting AFBF's Voice of Agriculture website.