Judging and Winning Tips

What's new for 2019

Two $500 PRIZES: Most Popular and Grand Prize

1st Prize $300, 2nd Prize $200, and 3rd Prize $100 will be awarded in each category. 


  • A $500 prize will be given to the photo most popular with Facebook "likes" and;
  • A $500 grand prize will be chosen by a panel of judges


Total of 23 cash prizes!


Higher Resolution Requirements

The minimum width in pixels required is now 3000, for photo submissions.

(Photos shot portrait, rotated to landscape will be rejected after submission.)



Corn - Pictures of the mature yellow ears of corn focusing most upon the golden corn kernels. Check the archives for examples here.


Growing Field Corn - All stages of growth from planting to harvesting field corn.


The Farm Family Lifestyle - Examples of life on the farm: Generational, Working, Playing, Pets, Children, Livestock and Family Meals


Scenery/Landscapes – Examples: Cornfield, Farmland, Livestock, Wildlife, Sunrise and Sunset, Blue Skies, Rainbows, Clouds, etc.


Farming Challenges – Examples: Effects on Crops, Disease, Pests/Insects, Weeds, Weather such as flood, drought, tornado, etc.


Conservation - Conservation technology in action, can be cover crops, and no-till, nutrient management, grass waterways, buffers, wildlife, pollinator protection, sustainable agriculture. 


New! True Grit-Women's Edition - Focus on women getting the work done, dirty jobs, feats of strength. Many women have taken leading roles on the farm over the years. It's time we see them in action. See examples of the True Grit category from 2018.



Winning Tips

  • Share with your Facebook friends to gain more likes and increase your ranking while also showing those who reside outside of farming communities authentic images of rural life. Make sure you keep up with our Facebook page


  • Shoot your photo at the maximum resolution your camera will allow and submit that original without cropping, compressing or reducing the size. 


  • Be safe. Photos of unsafe farm practices will be eliminated.


  • Don't wait to enter, minimum resolution requirements may take longer to upload.


Judges consider quality, relevance, composition, resolution and social media likes. Judges decisions are final.


Submission ends November 30, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM CST. Voting closes December 31, 2019 11:59:59 PM CST .