2016 WINNERS

2016 Winners

The National Corn Growers Association announced the 22 winners of the 2016 Fields of Corn Photo Contest, a contest that provided aspiring shutterbugs of all types the opportunity to share in – and visually communicate – the great beauty and hard work that make up American agriculture.

 

“For the third year in a row, we opened up this photo contest to the general public, and we are again impressed with the high quality of the results,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Designer Beth Musgrove. “These images will help us tell the story of farming in a meaningful, powerful way and, in fact, they are already featured in some of our publications and on our website.”

 

Winning the grand prize was Morgan Winkler of Lyon Station, Pa. Her image, “Bee’s Wings-A-Fly’n,” came from the “corn” category just added this year. Featuring a striking image of sharply detailed corn in motion against a dramatic backdrop, her photo demonstrates the incredible beauty inherent in daily life on farms across America. More than 326 photos were entered and judged online, with entries up 30 percent from the contest last year.

 

In addition to the grand prize, photographs were judged across seven categories, and three winners were named for each category.

 

Photos from this and last year’s contests have been featured in NCGA’s publications. To see these incredible shots at work telling the story of U.S. corn farmers, check out NCGA’s annual report. Also, look for one to appear on the cover of the upcoming 2016 National Corn Yield Contest Guide, to be released at Commodity Classic.

 
 

 

GRAND PRIZE $500

Morgan Winkler, Lyon Station, Pennsylvania  

 

 

 

MOST POPULAR

First Prize $100

Krista Kappes, Ada, Minnesota

 

 

MOST POPULAR

Second Prize $76

Tom Kozojed, Hillsboro, North Dakota

 

 

MOST POPULAR

Third Prize $50

Madison Stallwitz

 

 

CORN

First Prize $100

Katherine Plessner, Verona, North Dakota

 

 

CORN

Second Prize $75

Austen Sis, McCook, Nebraska

 

 

 

CORN

Third Prize $50

Peter Bouman, Ruthton, Minnesota

 

 

 

 

FARM FAMILY LIFESTYLE

First Prize $100

Latoya Hopkins, Danbury, Connecticut

 

 

 

FARM FAMILY LIFESTYLE

Second Prize $75

Ashley Kohls, Hutchinson, Minnesota

 

 

 

FARM FAMILY LIFESTYLE

Third Prize $50

Rachel Fishback, Washington, Iowa

 

 

 

SCENERY AND LANDSCAPES

First Prize $100

Jenny Will, West Des Moines, Iowa

 

 

 

SCENERY AND LANDSCAPES

Second Prize $75

Tyler Mudd, Monroe City, Missouri

 

 

 

SCENERY AND LANDSCAPES

Third Prize $50

Morgan Barnhart, Scott City, Kansas

 

 

 

GROWING FIELD CORN

First Prize $100

Matt Panowicz, Grand Island, Nebraska

 

 

 

GROWING FIELD CORN

Second Prize $75

Chris Erlandson, Oakes, North Dakota

 

 

 

GROWING FIELD CORN

Third Prize $50

Amy Vanweelden, Lynnville, Iowa

 

 

 

FARMING CHALLENGES

First Prize $100

Cale Muske, Aledo, Illinois

 

 

 

FARMING CHALLENGES

Second Prize $75

Adam Holste, Altomont, Illinois

 

 

 

FARMING CHALLENGES

Third Prize $50

Rick Clyburn, Urbana, Ohio

 

 

 

SHP CONSERVATION

First Prize $100

Ryan Kanode, Haxtun, Colorado

 

 

 

SHP CONSERVATION

Second Prize $75

Abbey Wick, Fargo, North Dakota

 

 

 

SHP CONSERVATION

Third Prize $50

Jerry Kreuziger, Juneau, Wisconsin