1/13/2016 Winning Photos Showcase Diversity of Colorado Agriculture

January 13, 2016
Contact: Wendy White, (303) 869-9174, Wendy.White@state.co.us
Winning Photos Showcase Diversity of Colorado Agriculture
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Winning entries in the 18th annual “Colorado...it's Agricultural” Photography Contest showcase the diversity of Colorado’s agricultural landscape. From inquisitive cattle and picturesque barns to feeding steers and winter equine scenes, this year’s photo contest winners captured the “spirit” of Colorado agriculture.  
“We received more than 100 entries in this year’s contest,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  “The photographs exhibited exceptional technical quality and creativity.”
The winners were selected based on relation to Colorado agriculture, creativity and technical quality. The grand-prize winner is Ryan Kanode of Haxtun, Colo., with his entry entitled “Harvest Afternoon.” The winning photograph shows an ear of field corn clinging to the stalk with a combine in the background.
Other top finishers include Peter Varney of Durango, Colo., first place in the agritourism category; Christine Bebow of Laporte, Colo., first place livestock; Henry Miles of Eads, Colo., first place people; and Laura Harwood of Evergreen, Colo., first place open professional.
Individuals receiving an honorable mention include Travis Harvey, Castle Rock, Colo.; Gary Rich, Aurora, Colo.; Sophia Stratton, Berthoud, Colo.; Brigitte Shafer, Akron, Colo.; Carter Keegan, Hotchkiss, Colo.; Ashley Sanchez, Delta, Colo.; Mindy King, Bailey, Colo.; Michael Santistevan, Oviedo, Fla.; Steve Pohl, Denver, Colo.; Chelsea Ellingson, Montrose, Colo.; and Tess Tucker, Ordway, Colo.
Started in 1998, the “Colorado...It's Agricultural” Photography Contest is sponsored by the AgInsights Committee, Colorado Department of Agriculture and Northeastern Junior College. Winning photographs will be displayed in the Beede-Hamil Agriculture Building at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. They are also available online at www.coloradoagriculture.com.
Editor’s Note: Winning photographs are available as high resolution .jpg images by contacting Wendy White at (303) 869-9174 or e-mail Wendy.White@state.co.us.