Farmers’ markets, tours and harvest season make for picturesque scenes in Delaware – views that the Delaware Farm Bureau’s Promotion & Education Committee would like to capture through its annual photo contest.
Amateur photographers of all ages are encouraged to submit their best agriculture-related images online between May 1, 2023 through Oct. 31, 2023. Winning photographs will be announced during the Delaware Farm Bureau’s statewide Annual Banquet in December 2023.
The top four winning photos will be on display at the Delaware Farm Bureau’s state office, as well as the Delaware Agricultural Museum through 2024.
Awardees can also earn monetary prizes. Six honorable mention awardees will earn a certificate. The top four winners will also earn a certificate and $50 for fourth prize, $100 for third prize, $150 for second prize and $200 for first prize, along with the public display of their award winning photographs.
“Getting the public to participate is a fun way of interacting with those in the community. It also helps bring awareness to the topic of agriculture. It’s a way for people of all ages to be involved and get excited about agriculture even if they do not come from an ag background,” P&E Committee Member Katie Foster said.
It doesn’t just stop there, she added. The P&E Committee also publishes submitted photos on Delaware Farm Bureau’s Facebook and Instagram pages to reach more community members, celebrating agriculture and the accomplishments of participating photographers.
“The agriculture community is much larger than most people realize and the photo contest helps display the different parts of ag. We also take some of the photos to public voting so even if one does not want to submit their own photos, they still have a way to interact and play a part in the photo contest,” Foster said. “Social media is very powerful. We display these photos to help promote and advocate for local agriculture. Having opportunities for people from the community to have involvement also helps bring awareness to local agriculture.”
Photos can be submitted online at https://defb.org/promotion-and-education/photo-contest/.