Friday, December 27, 2013

Shasta rancher takes first prize in photo contest

Cottonwood-area rancher Crystal Amen took first prize in a division of the California Farm Bureau Federation's annual photo contest with a shot at the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard.

Looking to take photos for the walls of a friend's coffee shop, Amen "caught the cattle as they were coming down the back pens, and I caught it just right," she told AgAlert.

The photo, seen above, was good enough for first place in the "All in a Day's Work at the Farm" category. Amen and her husband, Chad, own a small cow-calf operation and she works at a strawberry nursery.

Among other north state winners:

*Sixth-generation Butte County rice grower Tracy Schohr, a former California Rangeland Conservation Coalition director, won the grand prize for her photo of the rice harvest.

*Glenn County farmer Marianne Couto took second place in the "Kids and Critters on the Farm" division with a photograph of her sons playing outside at the family's farm.

*Chico area nut grower Angelina Cinquini earned second place in the "All in a Day's Work" competition by photographing her 91-year-old grandmother sorting sticks and rocks from a load of almonds.

This is the 32nd year the statewide Farm Bureau has conducted its photo contest. The grand prize winner earned $500. First-place winners in the individual categories each received $250, with second-place winners each getting $100.

To see all the winners and their photos, click here.

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