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Farm Bureau offers member photo contest

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 3:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 9, 2014 2:29 p.m. CDT

Hard to believe, but summer is almost upon us. And so is the start of the annual Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Member Photo Contest. You can start sending in your entries today, so have that camera ready to "Picture Illinois." You just never know what might catch your eye.

The Farm Bureau hasnew and exciting categories to help you get those creative lenses going as you try to capture the rich diversity of our state’s agricultural landscape and its people.

Members of Illinois Farm Bureau can enter up to three photographs in one or all of the following categories:

• Country Kids

• Rural Routes

• These Boots Are Made For …

The photos will be judged on focus, content, color, tone, composition and appeal.

If your photo is chosen as a finalist, you may earn a cash prize. The grand prize is $150; first-place entries win $75 each; second-place entries win $25 each; and the members’ choice award earns $50 (chosen by IFB members at IFB’s 2014 Annual Meeting in December).

The winning photos will be announced on in December, in FarmWeek in January, 2015 and in the Spring 2015 issue of Partners magazine.

The contest is for amateur photographers and is open to IFB members and their immediate families. Your photos must be taken in Illinois and within the past two years, 2012-14.

Entries may be mailed beginning now through Nov. 1. For a complete list of the contest rules, and to enter online, visit the photo contest page at or contact Dawn at 309-557-2293 or

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