If you love capturing those special moments in Kansas agriculture in photos, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has a contest for you.
For the second year, the KDA is sponsoring a statewide agricultural photo contest. You can submit photos in these categories: Farm Faces, Picture Perfect Prairie, Agriculture at Work, From the Land of Kansas.
A fifth category, Rollin' in the Hay, is for young photographers, ages 19 and younger.
"The department's first-ever agricultural photo contest held in summer 2012 was a huge success and was a great showcase of Kansas agriculture," said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman. "As the state's largest industry, agriculture touches every Kansan every day. With our second-annual photo contest, we want to see how agriculture affects you. From the wheat in the field through the milling and baking processes to the bread that makes your sandwich, agriculture is everywhere around us. I encourage all Kansans to consider submitting photos for this fun contest."
Photos will be judged by Rodman, Kansas Board of Agriculture members and agricultural leaders in the Kansas legislature as well as the department's social media. Details for the contest can be found at here.
Contest winners will be determined by combining points from the secretary, state board members and legislative leaders with those accumulated on social media sites. Winners will be those with the highest points in each category.
Photos will be judged on creativity, quality and relevance to Kansas agriculture. They will be displayed at KDA and used on the department's website, social media pages and various other marketing materials.
Photos that have been digitally manipulated or enhanced will be disqualified, but color correction and normal cropping are acceptable.
Winners in each category will receive $100 gift cards and the runner-up participants will receive $50 gift cards.
Photo entries should be sent in .jpg format to PhotoContest@kda.ks.gov. Entries should include:
*A title and brief description of each photo
*When and where the photo was taken
*Photographer's full name and age
Alternatively, CDs containing photo files and accompanied by all of the required information may be mailed or hand-delivered to:
Kansas Department of Agriculture
109 SW 9th St., 4th Floor
Topeka, KS 66612
Photos must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, July 15. Winners will be announced by August 21, 2013.