Monte Vista man’s potato planting photo gets honorable mention

"Planting Patterns" by Daniel Harvey of Monte Vista earned honorable mention in the 2020 Best in Show Photography Contest sponsored by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

BROOMFIELD – An aerial photo of “Planting Patterns” during the 2020 potato planting season by Daniel Harvey of Monte Vista earned honorable mention in the 2020 Best in Show Photography Contest sponsored by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

More than 100 photos were submitted through the annual contest, which invites photographers of all skill levels to capture images of Colorado’s vibrant agriculture industry in every corner of the state.

Once again, the judges were faced with the daunting task of choosing only three winners from a large pool of excellent photographs. All entries have a valuable role in promoting and helping tell the stories of Colorado agriculture and will be featured widely in CDA communications. 

The 2020 first place winner is Brad Hensley of Longmont, with his entry titled “Peaks, Horns, Smoke.” Taken in Weld County last September, the winning photograph shows a dramatic image of grazing cattle silhouetted against the front range at sunset contrasted by a massive smoke plume from the Cameron Peak wildfire.

The second and third place photographs further represent the diversity of Colorado agriculture, featuring images of wooly sheep in falling snow in Arapahoe County taken by Ben Griffiths and a bird’s eye view of Colorado’s Eastern Plains corn harvest near Kersey captured by Shelby Chesnut.

Visit the CDA website to view more of this year’s top photo entries and for information about the 2021 Best in Show contest, now underway. High-resolution images are available by contacting Ben Walther, Digital Media and Outreach Coordinator.   

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