With nearly 400 entries by over 250 people, the Farming Feeds Alabama Photo Contest captured the diverse story of agriculture. Submissions ranged from backyard birds to gardens’ bounty and from cattle to row crops.
The Alabama Farmers Federation sponsored the contest to encourage members to appreciate their surroundings, particularly in a difficult year, said Marlee Moore.
“I hoped this contest would inspire Alabamians to have a moment of thanks for those who work daily to provide the safest food, fiber and fuel in the world,” said Moore, the Federation’s multimedia content director, who organized the contest. “There’s a reason we call our state ‘Alabama the Beautiful.’ Through this contest, people captured her beauty and the fierce spirit of farmers and property owners who care for the land. We appreciate everyone who submitted photos; the entries amazed our judges, and the People’s Choice Award contest on Facebook blew away all our expectations. People were invested in cheering on their favorite photo and photographer while also soaking up the other beautiful photos submitted.”
First-place winners received $150; second received $100; and third $50. In addition to professional judging, a People’s Choice Award contest was held on Facebook. The most popular photo was submitted by Hayley Walters and netted over 2,100 reactions. Walters earned an extra $150.