The grand prize winner in the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) 2015 Fields of Corn Photo Contest struck a special chord with the judges as it highlighted the joys of family farming and sharing a love of agriculture with future generations. This news release from the NCGA says the photo of a father and young daughter playing in a corn field by Krista Kappes of Ada, Minnesota, was picked as the best of the best of more than 240 photos entered and judged online by thousands of viewers.
“For the second year in a row, we opened up a photo contest to the general public, and we’re very pleased with the high quality of the results,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Designer Beth Musgrove. “We’ve already started using some of these images on our websites and in our publications, and they help us tell the farming story in a more powerful and meaningful way.”
Kappes took a moment to share her story behind the photo and provide insight into how to capture the amazing story of farming. To listen, click here.
Linnae Carlson, who took first place in the Farming Challenges category, offered an explanation of her winning entry, one of many photos she has collected over her 35 years of joining her passions of farming and photography.
“The photo chosen shows one of the worst rain storms we have ever had in all those years. We received 16 inches of rain in two days. I have never seen it rain that hard in all my years on this planet. Lots of local flooding of young crops. To capture this photo, I climbed up onto the top of our biggest grain bin as the last of the storm has just passed over and was still visible to the east of the farm. It was truly that dark and menacing. I hope we never see that sort of rain again. But, despite all that, we had a very good corn crop that year.”
You can see all the winners here.