Agriculture photo contest winners honored at state fair

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 15, 2019) — Today, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture announced the winners of the 2019 Indiana Agriculture photo contest at the Indiana State Fair.

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and ISDA Director Bruce Kettler recognized the ten photographers, who will have their photos featured in the Lt. Governor’s business offices throughout the year.

“Our winners this year really captured the beauty of Indiana, from rural life to our agricultural landscapes,” Crouch said. “It was an honor to celebrate these talented individuals at state fair, and I look forward to showcasing their photos in my offices.”

Hundreds of Indiana photographers competed in four categories of the contest: Agritourism, Conservation, Faces of Agriculture and On the Farm. Photos were evaluated by a panel of independent judges based on creativity, composition and category representation.

In total, ten winners were selected: two from each category and two overall.

“It’s amazing how well these photographers were able to capture the character of Indiana,” Kettler said. “Their work was creative and inspired, and they did an amazing job of showcasing the important role agriculture plays in the state.”

The following list includes the photo contest winners for 2019.

Agritourism Category

  • “Farm Fresh Sweet Corn” by Brittany Swackhamer from Cicero
  • “Fierce Competition” by Leah Smalley from Middletown

Conservation Category

  • “Grouchyface and mate at Crooked Creek, Monroe Lake” by Louis Tenney from Bloomington
  • “Sunset at Griffy Lake” by Sadie Lee Tenney from Bloomington

Faces of Agriculture Category

  • “Barn Buddies” by Natalie Norton from Bloomington
  • “Let’s talk Ruby” by Christina Newby from Greensburg

On the Farm Category

  • “Different Point of View” by Chad Boswell from Kirklin
  • “Soybean Harvest Sunset” by Noah Poynter from Greencastle

Overall Category

  • “Old-time Threshing” by Peggy Carter from Chesterton
  • “24 Row Glow” by Tom Jones from Star City

To view the winning photos, click here or visit To view photos of the photographers from today’s award presentation, click here.

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