Colorado Ag’s 2020 in Photos
2020 will be emblazoned in our memories for many reasons, not the least of which is the impact the coronavirus had on every aspect of agriculture. The drought and wildfires also made an impact like few other years.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Best in Show Photography Contest invited folks in ag to memorialize their experiences in photography. As Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg tells Colorado AG Today, folks did not disappoint.
“ The winner this year was so pertinent to 2020 with this stark shot of a few head of cattle. A stark horizon line with a red cloud of smoke coming down from the wildfires. That encapsulated what so many producers within one part of the state or another had to deal with this year with the three largest wildfires on record; incredible challenges with smoke and air quality, late season as well which has its own challenges.”
The First Place Winner titled “Peaks, Horns, Smoke” was made by Brad Hensley of Weld County. Hensley’s image of grazing cattle silhouetted against the front range at sunset is contrasted by a massive smoke plume from the Cameron Peak wildfire.
The Second Place photo titled “Sheep in the Snow” was made by Ben Griffiths of Arapahoe County.
“The front face of the sheep is so relatable. I think part of what we love about this is connecting with people who don’t have a foot in ag and finding ways for them to feel that connection with visual representations of all of what Colorado ag can be.”
You can go to the CDA website to view 2020’s top photo entries and get information about the 2021 Best in Show contest, now underway.