Several Northeast Missouri photographers have been honored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture for capturing striking images of agriculture life and issues in a yearly contest.

Several Northeast Missouri photographers have been honored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture for capturing striking images of agriculture life and issues in a yearly contest.

“Our photo contest continues to draw entries from Missouri’s most accomplished amateur photographers,” Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said. “In these photos, we see the various faces and facets of Missouri agriculture. They showcase the beauty of our Missouri family farms and demonstrate the passion farmers have for this lifestyle.”

Devyn Keller of Farber, Mo., took the People's Choice award for “Beauty in the Flowers.” Keller's photo also took the runner-up position in the Farm Selfie Category.

Leah Stuart, of Perry, won the Farm Selfie category with her photograph, “Sweet Duck.”

A breathtaking shot of machinery by Monroe City photographer Tyler Mudd won first place in The Farmer's Life category. The photo is titled “Reflecting pool.”

Rebecca Stroud, of Philadelphia, took honorable mention for “A Fresh Start” in the Pride of the Farm category.

In total, 25 winners were selected in six categories by a panel of judges consisting of Dave Baker, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Dana Rogge, USDA Farm Service Agency; and Tisha Spencer, Firehouse Design.

The winning photos will be on display throughout the Missouri State Fair Aug. 11-21, 2016, in the Agriculture Building.

A breathtaking panoramic photo of a farm landscape at sunset is the Best in Show for the 2017 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest, hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The photograph, submitted by Marian Frizzell of Laclede, Mo., was chosen from among the record-breaking 1,370 photos submitted by amateur photographers from across Missouri.