Osage City photographer named as winner in state ag department’s photo contest

An Osage City photographer’s photo will be used by the Kansas Department of Agriculture in publications, media and marketing after being named as a winner in the the 2015 KDA Photo Contest. Chenoa Casebier, of Osage City, took first place in the “Picture Perfect Prairie” category of the contest with her photo of an Osage County wheat field titled “Kansas Wheat at Sunset”.

The third annual statewide contest received nearly 300 entries showcasing Kansas agriculture. Preliminary voting on Facebook and Pinterest pages tallied votes according to likes, comments and shares. These totals identified the top five photos in each category: Agriculture at Work, Farm Animals, Farm Faces, Picture Perfect Prairie and the Youth Division. Finalist photos were then reviewed by members of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture and agricultural leaders in the Kansas legislature.

“This photo contest is not only a great way to recognize talented photographers across the state, it also allows us to promote the diversity of Kansas agriculture by showcasing these images,” said Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey.

Part of KDA’s mission is to advocate for and promote agriculture, the state’s largest industry, employer and economic contributor. The photo contest allows photographers and KDA to advocate for the agriculture industry in a unique way.

Photos entered in the contest will be used in KDA communications channels, such as department publications, social media, website and marketing materials. Select photos will also be displayed in KDA’s building.

All photos submitted to the contest are available for viewing on KDA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KansasDeptofAg.

The winners from each category are:

Picture Perfect Prairie
First place – Chenoa Casebier, Osage City, Kan., “Kansas Wheat at Sunset”
Second place – Gerry Schmanke, Alma, Kan., “Brome Field”

Agriculture at Work
First place – Andrea Dix, Stockton, Kan., “Chopping Ice”
Second place – Phil Frigon, Clay Center, Kan., “Moving cattle to pasture”

Farm Animals
First place – Betty Morgan, Wichita, Kan., “Elk County Cows”
Second place – Brandy Marcy, Leoti, Kan., “Just a girl and her calf”

Farm Faces
First place – Amanda McGuire, Beloit, Kan., “Kansas Cowgirl”
Second place – Kelsie Conard, Wichita County, Kan., “It’s hard being a cowboy”

First place – Michaela Musselman, Clifton, Kan., “Sunrise in February”
Second place – Jordan Moubry, Russell, Kan., “Determination Starts Young”

Winners in each category will receive a $100 gift card and runner-up participants will receive a $50 gift card.

Photo by Chenoa Casebier, Osage City, “Kansas Wheat at Sunset”.

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