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Join us as we kick of the American Farm Bureau Photo Contest! The contest is open to all state and county Farm Bureau members and staff over the age of 18 at the time of entry, including professional photographers.

We are holding this contest to obtain usable and appropriate photos that accurately portray today’s agriculture and safe practices of farmers and ranchers for future publications and promotions. All photos submitted must exemplify safe practices on the farm or ranch. Photos are being accepted in the following categories:

Photos submitted in this category should show how farmers and ranchers use technology to help run their operations. Examples include:

  • Images showing farmer(s)/rancher(s) using technology to operate equipment - (i.e., combine/tractor ag management systems inside the cab)
  • Drone technology – images taken by a drone and images of farmer/rancher using drones
  • Images of farmer/rancher using smartphones, tablets or laptops for ag management

Farm Families
Photos submitted in this category should represent the multiple generations on your farm or ranch. Be creative! Examples include:

  • Images showing farm families in front of traditional farm scenes like the farm house or barn or fields
  • Images showing generations working together, doing chores together
  • Images showing older generations teaching younger family members

Farm Labor
Photos submitted in this category should show examples of farm labor including but not limited to:

  • Harvesting crops
  • Planting crops
  • Working livestock
  • Processing harvested crops into storage/shipping/transporting

Consumer Outreach
Photos submitted in this category should show farmers/ranchers interacting with consumers. The focus here should be on the farmer interacting with the customer. Close ups on the people are best. Other examples are:

Farmers’ markets (including produce shots with price signs - showing a variety of items, or specialty items like meats and cheeses)

  • Volunteers presenting to classrooms
  • Agritourism operations
  • Consumer outreach at fairs
  • Urban or community gardens sponsored by Farm Bureau

All photos submitted must exemplify safe practices on the farm or ranch. For more information, refer to the Guidelines for Safe Farm Photos below.


The Contest begins at 12:00 am Eastern Time (ET) on May 15, 2015, and ends at 11:59 pm ET on March 31, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted. The winners will be notified via email on April 15, 2016, and a list of winners will be posted on this page at that time.


No purchase necessary. To enter, visit http://bit.ly/1Fvdaec to fill out the submission form and attach your images. Each photo entry must be uploaded by 11:59 pm ET March 31, 2016. Photos will not be accepted if emailed or mailed.


  • The submitted photos must be the photographer’s original work, and the photos must have been taken in the United States.
  • Photos do not need to be taken within the contest timeframe to be eligible to win.
  • A contest entry form must be filled out in its entirety by each person entering the contest.
  • You must obtain a written release from any recognizable person in a submitted photo. The photo release must be returned to photocontest@fb.org or faxed to 202.314.5121 before the contest deadline.
  • Photo categories are: 1) Technology, 2) Farm Families, 3) Farm Labor, and 4) Consumer Outreach.
  • The photographer must select the category for his/her entry and indicate the category on the entry form.
  • An image may be entered in only one category, but participants may enter all categories using different images.
  • Participants may submit up to three entries per category. If you submit more than three entries in any category, we will consider only the first three photos received.
  • Please set your camera to 6 megapixels or higher for these photos. The more megapixels the better!
  • Photos with date stamps or photographer’s name on the photo will be disqualified.
  • No nudity.
  • All photos submitted for the contest must be in JPG format.
  • All guidelines for safe farm photos must be met (e.g., ROPS and seatbelts on tractors; no extra riders on ATVs, riding mowers or tractors; no children in proximity to large animals; and individuals wearing proper protective equipment). Full guidelines located at http://bit.ly/1DTLp9O.
  • All photos should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appears. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color, and contrast, etc.) will not be chosen. Any images not meeting these specifications will be disqualified.
  • AFBF/AFBFA will at its sole discretion determine eligibility. AFBF/AFBFA reserves the right to reject and disqualify any images that are considered inappropriate.


A panel of judges selected by the Sponsor shall select the winners. The panel of judges will be composed of people with expertise in public relations, graphics, photography, agricultural literacy, and agricultural safety and health. Judging of the Contest will be based on: composition and arrangement, interest, presentation, safe practices on the farm, and image quality.

Contestants agree that the sole and final judgment as to all matters concerning the Contest and interpretation of contest rules are at the sole discretion of the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, and their officers and staff.


Three photos will be selected from each of the four categories. The winners will receive a cash prize and be featured on our websites and social media.

1st place: $150
2nd place: $100
3rd place: $75

This year we will also award three Best in Show prizes for the most dynamic photos submitted across all categories. Judges will select these top finishers from the winners from the three contest categories. Prizes will be awarded at the following amounts:

Best in Show: $400
First runner-up: $300
Second runner-up: $200


If you have any questions, please contact photocontest@fb.org.

Header photo credit – 2013 Best in Show and 1st Place: My Scenic Farm or Ranch – Emily Waggoner of Pendleton, S.C.