Photo Contest

Your own fresh perspective on California agriculture could win the
$1,000 Grand Prize!

Take your best shot!

Snap a photo of anything that celebrates California agriculture. Photos can showcase:

  • Fresh food, plated or in the field
  • Rural scenery
  • Animals, crops and harvests
  • Life, work and family on the farm or ranch
  • Your own inspiration
Any amateur photographer who is a member of a county Farm Bureau in California or a contributing member of the California Bountiful Foundation can participate. Join at or

To enter

Submit up to five print or high-resolution digital photos. Enter online or print the entry form and postmark by Sept. 30, 2016. See rules for details or call 916-561-5550.


All ages

  • Grand Prize − $1,000
  • First Place − $500
  • Second Place − $250
  • Third Place − $100
  • Honorable Mention (six winners) − $50

Budding Artists - Ages 13 and younger

  • First Place − $250
  • Second Place − $100

2015 Contest Winners:

Grand Prize

Andrew Austin Lincoln
Napa County FB

A panoramic image of a Napa County chardonnay vineyard with dramatic natural lighting captured Grand Prize honors in the 2015 California Farm Bureau Federation photo contest. Using a wide-angle lens, Andrew Austin Lincoln captured the scenic view of a vineyard his father manages. "The grapes and the rolling hills represent this as a region," Lincoln said, "and I had the fortune of being there just as the cloud formation highlighted the windmill."

First Place

Amy Blagg
San Joaquin County FB

Rancher Amy Blagg snapped this photo of her son, Nathan, closing a gate at his grandparents' cattle ranch in Grass Valley. "He loves to be up there and help out," Blagg said, adding that Nathan likes to do chores and dress like his grandfather in flannel shirt, jeans and boots. She also said that a trip to the ranch is her children's "vacation of choice."

Second Place

Henry Schulte
Santa Barbara County FB

As part of his yearly pilgrimage to see the fall foliage in the Sierra Nevada, avocado and cherimoya grower Henry Schulte detoured near Bridgeport. "I'd seen that field, and the mountains in the background appealed to me, but I'd never stopped," he said. "This time, I got up really early in the morning and pulled off to the side of the road and captured a bunch of shots."

Third Place

Kellie Neufeld
Kern County FB

Clementine oranges took center stage the day Kellie Neufeld visited a citrus grove in Mettler managed by her husband. In capturing images of the harvest, Neufeld said she took close-up shots to highlight the fruit. She and her family also grow their own citrus in Exeter. "Farming is near and dear to us," she said.

Honorable Mention

Susan Cohen Byrne
Yolo County FB

Being this close during a cattle roundup in Capay Valley was "very intense and exciting," Susan Cohen Byrne said, describing how teams roped, wrangled and vaccinated animals. "The wranglers seemed almost acrobatic or dancelike," she said, adding that this youngest cowboy's grace and roping skills caught her eye.

Honorable Mention

Yvonne Hunter
Yolo County FB

Yvonne Hunter chose a long focal length and fast shutter speed to capture both flying and standing egrets in rice fields in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. "I'm just intrigued with the light and the birds and the agriculture in the bypass," said Hunter, who frequently photographs the farming activities and animals there.

Honorable Mention

Andrew Austin Lincoln
Napa County FB

For this photo of grapes on the vine in Oakville, Andrew Austin Lincoln said he "wanted to create a very personal experience using the merlot cluster against that great sky." He was inspired by an idea to highlight the grapes in the foreground to create a layered perspective.

Honorable Mention

Holyn Sylvester
San Luis Obispo County FB

This young photographer, who also won first place in the Budding Artists category, typically takes pictures of people and animals. "But this flower caught my eye and inspired me," Holyn Sylvester said. She found it growing on her family's San Luis Obispo property on "Flower Hill," where they plant different flowers every year.

Honorable Mention

Julie Aitken
Sonoma County FB

Annie, a yellow Labrador retriever, carried a glove left behind by (or stolen from) workers in a vineyard in Healdsburg. "She was very funny; the glove was a great prize!" photographer Julie Aitken said, adding that she visited the area to take photos of Annie, as well as grapevines and goats.

Honorable Mention

Kellie Neufeld
Kern County FB

After hosting a 4th of July party, Kellie Neufeld and her husband asked their three young children to pick up flags used as yard decorations so they could mow the lawn. "When I walked out front, they had stuffed the flags in their boots," she said. "I didn't stage that. That's my front porch; the boots are always there."

Budding Artist, First Place

Holyn Sylvester (9 yrs)
San Luis Obispo County FB

The chickens and turkeys on the Sylvester family ranch in San Luis Obispo are used to getting treats and scraps—and they know what to do when they see people in the yard. "They come running and surround us," Holyn Sylvester said. "We call them the chicken mafia." Holyn took this photo of her older sister, Aeven, feeding treats one evening to "show people the craziness."

Budding Artist, Second Place

Maddalena Hylton (11 yrs)
San Mateo County FB

When hiking around her grandparents' ranch in Miramar, with acres of seasonal flowers such as the dahlias shown here, Maddalena Hylton takes a camera and watches for the right moment. "I saw a bee go by and thought about how it would look from that perspective," she said. "I like that it's a bit different taking a picture from the back of a flower instead of the front."

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