Community Ag Alliance: Submit agriculture photos to contest to win $150 |

Community Ag Alliance: Submit agriculture photos to contest to win $150

Victoria Ohegyi For Steamboat Today

Northwest Colorado has several iconic natural landscapes ranging from Fish Creek Falls to Gilpin Lake, down to the Flat Tops and up over Rabbit Ears. However, if you ask both longtime locals and transient newcomers, the most quintessential Steamboat Springs image is the 1972 shot of Jo Semotan and Rusty Chandler riding horseback down the snow in front of the More Barn. With the Mount Werner as a backdrop and the skis laid across the horses' backs, the photo certainly evokes a nostalgic feeling for 18 inches of fresh powder and some turns on the mountain.

Yet, for a distinct population, this photo symbolizes the Yampa Valley's rich ranching history.  Jo Semotan hails from a ranch in the Elk River Valley, and volunteered herself because she knew that the local ranch women were busy feeding their cattle. Her participation in the photo is a reminder that for Northwest Colorado, agriculture came before skiing.

In 2017, it is rare for agriculture to be showcased in a photo before extreme sports or picturesque landscapes. Yet, for the past 20 years the Colorado Department of Agriculture has been pushing the "beauty and bounty that our agricultural lands provide" through a photography contest, with the goal of honoring and observing the state's agricultural heritage.

This year's Colorado…it's AgriCultural photography contest requires that entries be submitted to the Colorado Department of Agriculture via email with an official entry form by December 31. All photographs must be taken in the 2017 calendar year and must relate to Colorado agriculture in some way. Prizes will be awarded in six subject areas: Colorado cuisine, crops, livestock, people, open professional and wildlife in agriculture. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter.

Judging for the contest will be based on theme, creativity and technical quality. The photographer whose picture best depicts the spirit of Colorado will receive $150, and category winners will receive a Colorado…it's Agricultural prize pack. All winning photographs will be displayed in the Beede-Hamil Agricultural Building in Sterling, Colorado. For more information and an official entry form, please visit


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Victoria Ohegyi is the administrative assistant for Community Agriculture Alliance.