Annual contest captures the diversity of California food, farms and rural landscapes
From heirloom tomatoes to longhorn cattle, the winning entries in the annual California Farm Bureau Photo Contest provide eye-catching glimpses of the bounty of the Golden State. Participants competed in five categories: Rural Scenic, California’s Bounty, All in a Day’s Work on the Farm and Kids and Critters on the Farm, as well as Budding Artists, a category for children 13 and younger. Take a look through this year’s winning images and read the stories behind them. Do you have a scene you’d like to share? The 2013 photo contest will kick off in June.
Grand Prize Winner
Desiree Williams, Butte County Farm Bureau
A family outing to the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa provided the winning shot for Desiree Williams. A veterinarian as well as a cattle and horse rancher, Williams grows her own garden of heirloom vegetables. She said she was inspired by the colors and varieties she found during her first trip to the exposition, and described the mountain of heirloom tomatoes as an "amazing display of what we're capable of growing."