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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.

Category 1 - All About Animals
 Chris Grab  Dwane Morvik Wayne Riley  Melanie Curtis 
 1st - Chris Grab, AB  2nd - Dwane Morvik, SK  3rd - Wayne Riley, PEI  HM - Melanie Curtis, ON
Category 2 - Canadian Farm Scenes
 Dwane Morvik  Curtis Matwishyn  Colombe Lane Hanna Devos 
 1st - Dwane Morvik, SK  2nd - Curtis Matwishyn, SK  3rd - Colombe Lane, BC  HM - Hanna Devos, MB
Category 3 - Crazy About Crops
 Curtis Matwishyn  Eric Persson  Kathie MacDonald  Katelyn Thom
 1st - Curtis Matwishyn, SK  2nd - Eric Persson, ON  3rd - Kathie MacDonald, ON  HM - Katelyn Thom, ON
Category 4 - Farm Faces
 Becki Irwin  Krystle VanRoboys  Kim Jo Bliss  Jamie Allport
 1st - Becki Irwin, ON  2nd - Krystle VanRoboys, ON  3rd - Kim Jo Bliss, ON

 HM - Jamie Allport, BC

Category 5 - Farm Fun
 Sheri Mangin  Krystle VanRoboys  Curtis Matwishyn Johnnie Cluff 
1st  & Overall Winner - Sheri Mangin, MB  2nd - Krystle VanRoboys, ON  3rd - Curtis Matwishyn, SK  HM - Johnnie Cluff, QC
Category 6 - Farm Innovation
 Carley Matheson  Sarah Cameron  Dwane Morvik  Sharon Grose
 1st Carley Matheson, ON  2nd - Sarah Cameron, NS  3rd - Dwane Morvik, SK  HM - Sharon Grose, ON

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

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