A first-generation rancher from Yuba County earned the Grand Prize in the 38th annual California Farm Bureau Federation Photo Contest. Kathy Brimmer won $1,000 for a photo of her husband feeding cattle on their property near Smartsville, as the sun set behind the Sutter Buttes.
The 2019 CFBF Photo Contest attracted hundreds of images from amateur photographers who are members of county Farm Bureaus or supporters of the California Bountiful Foundation. Nine of the 12 top finishers were first-time contest winners.
Cindy Lohse of Orland garnered First Place and $500 for a photo of a red barn in a field of bright-yellow sunflowers; Second Place and $250 went to Angels Camp resident Mindy Rasmussen, who submitted a photo of water trickling down an irrigation canal. Andrea Traphagan of Ravendale won Third Place and $100 for a sepia-tone image of her husband inspecting test plantings of grain.
Six photographers earned Honorable Mentions and $50 each: Amy Blagg of Lodi, Melissa Laney of Live Oak, Marti Hubbell of Tres Pinos, Kevin Robertson of Corcoran, Marilyn Ferrante of Napa and Samantha Francis of Napa.
In the Budding Artists category for photographers ages 13 and younger, 11-year-old Dottie Davis repeated last year’s contest performance by earning First Place and $250. Her winning photo for 2019: a still life of hay hooks and gloves on her family’s farm near Orland. A close-up of an almond blossom earned the Second Place prize of $100 for 12-year-old Mylee Decroix of Orland. Both prizes were presented by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.
All 12 prize-winning photos will be published this week in the weekly California Farm Bureau newspaper, Ag Alert®, as well as the organization’s bimonthly magazine, California Bountiful®, and will appear on the organization’s websites—www.cfbf.com, www.agalert.com and www.californiabountiful.com—and social media pages.