Illinois Farm Bureau Member Photo Contest


Photocontest _insIt's that time of year again... time for the annual Illinois Farm Bureau Member Photo Contest and for you to start "picturing Illinois!" Have that camera ready, because you never know what might catch your eye.  We've got new 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, 2012-2014.

Entries may be mailed beginning June 1 through November 1, 2014. 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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Photo Contest Rules and Details

Click here to find out more about the IFB Member Photo Contest.

Top 10 Tips for Great Pictures

  1. Look your subject in the eye
  2. Use a plain background
  3. Use flash outdoors
  4. Move in close
  5. Move it from the middle
  6. Lock the focus
  7. Know your flash's range
  8. Watch the light
  9. Take some vertical pictures
  10. Be a picture director

More Photo-Taking Tips

Click here for more details from Kodak on taking great photos.