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Photo Contest: Grow, Eat, Shoot!



Grand Prize Winner 2020: Small but Mighty Radish, By Anh Doan


Our annual amateur photo contest "Grow, Eat, Shoot!" has begun. Submit your images depicting the beauty, diversity, and innovation of small- to mid-scale farming and fishing in the Chesapeake region below. Win a cash prize and free, full access to the 2021 conference. The winning photo will be on the cover of our Digital Conference Program Book, too!

Join us at the 2021 conference when we accounce the winners!

Entry deadline: 

November 15, 2020. 

Overarching Theme: 

Crisis and Resilience: Farmers Building a New Food Future

Thematic Guidelines:

Photos should depict one or more of the following themes. These themes are purposefully broad -- use your creativity and imagination, and try to capture innovations or moments that advance economic, environmental, and/or social sustainability within these guidelines. We seek images that reflect the diversity of our foodshed in terms of phone types of farms, as well as the racial, gender, and cultural diversity of our farmers. Note that photographs will not be judged per theme; there is only one overall Grand Prize; and two overall Runner-Up awards:

  • Fruit, Vegetable, Nuts, & Grain Production
  • Resilience and Farming During the Pandemic
  • Agriculture & the Environment
  • Business of Farming
  • Grazing: Livestock and Poultry
  • Made Local: Artisanal & Value-Added Foods
  • Health, Food, & Community
  • Sustainable Fisheries
  • Pollinators
  • Innovations in Sustainable Growing Practices
  • Agriculture Education
  • Farmers of Color
  • New Immigrant Farmers

Geographic Region:

Photos must be taken in, and depict images from, the following areas:

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Delaware
  • Washington DC
  • Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia

Judging Criteria:

Entries will be judged by a panel of photographers specializing in food and agriculture photography. Judges will rate each photograph based on the accumulated scores given in their answers to each of the following statements: 1 (lowest level of agreement)-10 (highest level of agreement).

  • Image is of high technical quality: i.e. lighting, exposure, shutter speed, focus, etc. are employed exceptionally well (10 points)
  • Image is of high artistic quality: i.e. composition, clarity, angle, creative depictions are executed exceptionally well (photographs can be cropped) (10 points)
  • Image content applies to one or more of the broad themes above and showcases the subject exceptionally well and clearly (10 points)
  • Image is of high aesthetic quality: i.e. visually appealing and inspiring (10 points)


One Grand Prize:

  • $300 cash prize
  • Free admission to our annual conference, January 14-16, 2021 held online.
  • Photographer will be introduced at the conference and winning photograph will appear on the cover of our digital program book and be highlighted during the virtual conference.
  • Free one-year family membership to Future Harvest.

One Runner Up (Second Place):

  • $100 cash prize
  • Free admission to our annual conference January 14-16, 2021, held online.
  • Photograph will appear in ourdigital program book and be highlighted during the virtual conference.
  • Free one-year individual membership to Future Harvest.

Third Place:

  • Free admission to our annual conference January 14-16, 2021, held online.
  • Photograph will appear in ourdigital program book and be highlighted during the virtual conference.
  • Free one-year individual membership to Future Harvest.

Instructions and Requirements:

  • Entrants can enter up to three photographs; each must be submitted via the form found at the bottom of this page. 
  • Only minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is cropping. Any changes to the original photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the photograph ineligible for a prize.
  • Each photograph entered must be accompanied by the media release form (see link below.)
  • Photographs must be in digital format, but you may scan a negative transparency, or print.
  • Photographs must bet 20 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image).
  • Photographs must have been taken between January 2020 and November 2020
  • The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant. By entering the contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, or claim to the photograph.
  • The caption must be complete, accurate, and sufficient to convey the circumstances of the image depicted. Misrepresenting the origin of your content is cause for disqualification.
  • Human subjects are permitted, however subjects must be 18 years or older. 
  • FHCASA Board Members and staff are not eligible for entry.
  • All entrants will be notified of results by December 15, 2020

Download Media Release Form Here

Submit Photo and Media Release Form Here! 



First Runner Up 2020, by Maya Kosok


Second Runner Up 2020, by Mary Cottone