State Department of Ag sponsoring photo contest

Staff Reports

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is accepting submissions for the 13th annual Indiana agriculture photo contest.

The contest is open to Indiana residents and was created to recognize the hard work and contributions of Hoosier farmers and the beauty of the state’s agricultural landscape.

Participants are encouraged to submit photos that reflect the wide array of agriculture. The categories photos can be entered under are:

Conservation: Highlighting Indiana’s natural beauty with photos of landscapes, water and wildlife.

Agritourism: This category includes seasonal and agricultural destinations, orchards, wineries, farmers markets and produce.

Faces of Agriculture: Featuring those who grow and produce food, fuel and fiber engaged in farming/agricultural activities.

On the Farm: Every building, piece of equipment or activity that is a part of life on an Indiana farm can be included.

In total, 10 winners will be selected: Two from each category and two overall. Winners will be invited to attend a ceremony at the state fair, where they will be recognized and receive certificates from Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and state Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler. Contest winners also will have their photographs featured in the offices of the Lt. Governor’s Family of Business in Indianapolis.

Contestants can submit up to five photos in digital format. Photos will be evaluated based on creativity, composition and category representation. Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. June 30.

For entry forms, guidelines and criteria, visit