Winners announced in inaugural national farm photo contest

July 30, 2014 - (Guelph) Winners have been announced in the Farm & Food Care Foundation’s inaugural Farm Photo Contest. The contest which ran from early May until the end of June gave photographers the chance to enter their farm photography in six categories – All About Animals, Canadian Farm Scenes, Crazy About Crops, Farm Faces, Farm Fun and Farm Innovation.

The contest was a great success, generating 650 entries from across the country. Prizes in the amount of $400 (first), $200 (second), $100 (third) and $50 (honourable mention) will be awarded to the winners of each category. An additional $400 will also go to the overall contest winner – the entry of Sheri Mangin of Manitoba.

Many of the winning photos will be featured in the 2014 edition of The Real Dirt on Farming. This national publication answers common questions asked by the public about food and farming practices in Canada, and will be released in November of 2014. Photos may also be used in other Farm & Food Care initiatives.

Winning entries were chosen through a combination of a two week Facebook contest, where viewers voted on their favourite entries, and by a panel of three Canadian photographers who served as independent judges.

All winning entries can be viewed on the Farm & Food Care website at www.farmfoodcare.org

Overall Winner: Sheri Mangin, Manitoba

All About Animals
First Place: Chris Grab, Alberta
Second Place: Dwane Morvik, Saskatchewan
Third Place: Wayne Riley, Prince Edward Island
Honourable Mention: Melanie Curtis, Ontario

Canadian Farm Scenes
First Place: Dwane Morvik, Saskatchewan
Second Place: Curtis Matwishyn, Saskatchewan
Third Place: Colombe Lane, British Columbia
Honourable Mention: Hanna Devos, Manitoba

Crazy About Crops
First Place: Curtis Matwishyn, Saskatchewan
Second Place: Eric Persson, Ontario
Third Place: Kathie MacDonald, Ontario
Honourable Mention: Katelyn Thom, Ontario

Farm Faces
First Place: Becki Irwin, Ontario
Second Place: Krystle VanRoboys, Ontario
Third Place: Kim Jo Bliss, Ontario
Honourable Mention: Jamie Allport, British Columbia

Farm Fun
First Place: Sheri Mangin, Manitoba
Second Place: Krystle VanRoboys, Ontario
Third Place: Curtis Matwishyn, Saskatchewan
Honourable Mention: Johnnie Cluff, Quebec

Farm Innovation
First Place: Carley Matheson, Ontario
Second Place: Sarah Cameron, Nova Scotia
Third Place: Dwane Morvik, Saskatchewan
Honourable Mention: Sharon Grose, Ontario

The Farm & Food Care Foundation is a national charity that cultivates appreciation for food and farming in Canada by connecting the farm gate to our plate with credible information. Farm & Food Care is a coalition of farmers and associated businesses proactively working together with a commitment to improve sustainable food and farming for the future.

For further information:
Kelly Daynard, Communications Manager, Farm & Food Care 519-837-1326, extension 224; kelly@farmfoodcare.org