2018 Kansas Agriculture Photo Contest

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Enter your pictures into the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s annual photo contest! KDA will begin accepting photos on June 1. Photos will be accepted starting in June through August 31. 

This year, KDA’s photo contest categories will celebrate different aspects of Kansas agriculture.  Agriculture in Town, Animals in Agriculture, Agriculture in the Fields, Water in Agriculture, County Fair and Youth categories will showcase the broad spectrum of what agriculture means in Kansas, from farmers' markets, to the animals and crops, to the beautiful landscapes of Kansas farms, all while producing food, fiber and energy for Kansas and a growing world. There will also be a Youth division for young photographers under the age of 19.

After submission, the Kansas Department of Agriculture is granted permission to use any photograph for publications, social media, websites, displays, etc. without payment or other consideration from the photographer.

Follow KDA on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for more details on the contest, including deadlines, divisions and prizes. For more information, contact KDA director of communications Heather Lansdowne at Heather.Lansdowne@ks.gov or 785-564-6706.

Agriculture Photo Contest

  • Submissions

    Beginning on Friday, June 1, 2018, the Kansas Department of Agriculture will begin accepting photos for the 2018 Photo Contest. Photos must be submitted no later than midnight on Friday, August 31. Voting will begin Monday, September 17, and will end Friday, October 19. Winners will be announced Thursday, November 1, 2018.

  • Categories

    • Agriculture in Town
      Farmers' markets and agricultural processing facilities are pillars of many communities within Kansas. Share your extraordinary photos that depict how these agricultural businesses work throughout your community.    
    • Animals in Agriculture
      Our animals and pets are our best friends, partners and helpers in the agriculture industry. From family pets to livestock – Kansas farmers and ranchers care for our animals. Enter photos of the animals around your farm or ranch that bring a smile to your face.
    • Agriculture in the Fields
      Farming is a process, starting with planting seeds and ending with the food on our tables. Capture unique photos that show the process of the food supply in Kansas.
    • Water in Agriculture
      As Kansans, we appreciate the beauty of our great state and the unique landscaping of the places we live. Send us photos of what a day in your life looks like, showcasing the natural beauty of our state.
    • County Fair
      From fun activities and ice cream to winning first place prizes with livestock, the county fair is full of good food, animals and learning opportunities. Submit pictures to show us what fair time is like in your county.  
    • Youth Division
      Open to children 19 years and under. This is a great opportunity for youth to use their school or 4-H projects. Share photos of your experiences growing up on your farm, ranch or rural area.


  • What to Enter

    The Kansas Department of Agriculture is looking for photos showcasing the breadth of agriculture in Kansas. This year features new categories and keeps the youth division. The purpose of the new categories is to showcase Kansas agriculture in new ways. Only pictures taken in Kansas are eligible to enter the contest.

    We ask that all photo submissions are not digitally manipulated or enhanced. Photos that have been altered will be disqualified. Photos that have been edited using Instagram filters will not be accepted. Normal cropping, color correction, etc. are acceptable. Please remove watermarks/trademarks before entering.

    Judged on creativity and photo composition, winning photos will be used on the department's website, social media, publications, brochures and may be displayed around the KDA building. Prior submissions to the KDA contest are not eligible for reentry, but photos taken before 2018 are acceptable. 


  • How to Enter

    The contest is open to Kansas residents only.

    Photo entries should be sent in .jpg format to KDA.PhotoContest@ks.gov. Entries must include:
    • A title and brief description of each photo
    • When and where the photo was taken
    • Photographer's full name and age
    • Entry category
    • Hometown
    • E-mail address

    Alternately, CDs containing photo files and accompanied by all of the required information may be mailed or hand delivered to:

    Kansas Department of Agriculture
    Attn: Communications
    1320 Research Park Drive
    Manhattan, KS 66502


  • Judging Criteria

    The Kansas Department of Agriculture's social media, the Kansas State Board of Agriculture and select Kansas legislators will judge photographs from each category.

    Finalists from each category will be selected based on social media feedback through KDA's Facebook and Pinterest accounts. Judging on KDA's social media platforms will begin September 17, and will end October 19. Points will be allocated as follows:
    • Likes 1 point each
    • Comments 5 points each
    • Reposts/Repins 10 points each

  • Prizes

    1st Place in each category will receive a $100 gift card.

    2nd Place in each category will receive a $50 gift card.

    Select winning photos will be displayed at the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

  • Terms

    By submitting photos, the photographer gives the Kansas Department of Agriculture permission to use the photos in any publications, social media, websites, displays and other places without payment or other consideration. Additionally, by submitting a photo that includes human subjects, the photographer is indicating that they have obtained full permission from those subjects for the photograph to be used in department medium as well.
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