Harvest 15 photo project

The Western Producer hosts a spring and a fall photo project each year and our fall initiative, titled #Harvest15, has just come to a close.

There was incredible participation in the project with over 700 hundred submissions, including pictures from across Canada, the US, and even Europe.

Choosing three winners out of such great photos was not an easy task.  There were many worthy photos and the people who shared their images should be proud of the amazing photo album we built together.

In the end The Western Producers editors choose a series of areal pictures taken by Matthew Scharf of three combines straight-cutting canola as our winner.

Congratulations Scharf, you are the winner of a $500 gift certificate from Don’s Photo.

Dons-Photo-sized

Matthew Scharf ‏@matthewscharf1 Rolling threw the L140P Canola Scharf Farms @Bayer4CropsCA #NewHollandAG @MoodysEquipment @westernproducer

Matthew Scharf ‏@matthewscharf1
Rolling threw the L140P Canola Scharf Farms @Bayer4CropsCA #NewHollandAG @MoodysEquipment @westernproducer

Matthew Scharf ‏@matthewscharf1 Rolling threw the L140P Canola Scharf Farms @Bayer4CropsCA #NewHollandAG @MoodysEquipment @westernproducer

Matthew Scharf ‏@matthewscharf1
Rolling threw the L140P Canola Scharf Farms @Bayer4CropsCA #NewHollandAG @MoodysEquipment @westernproducer

Here are the Second and Third place winners, they won some great WP swag.

Lianne Beaupre-Scorgie‎ #Harvest15 Papa! Bringing Papa supper in the field! Who is more delighted?! Near Beaverlodge, Alberta

Lianne Beaupre-Scorgie‎
#Harvest15 Papa! Bringing Papa supper in the field! Who is more delighted?! Near Beaverlodge, Alberta

 

 

AJM Seeds‏ @Adrian_Moens Some early #harvest15 pictures @westernproducer

AJM Seeds‏ @Adrian_Moens
Some early #harvest15 pictures @westernproducer

 

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Contest:

The WP is putting together a photo album of #harvest15 images. Please send your pictures of farm life and work during harvest to readerphotos@producer.com (subject ‘Harvest15 picture’), tweet them to @westernproducer, or post them on the WP Facebook wall to get your images included.

First prize is a $500 gift certificate at Don’s Photo, second and third prize will receive a collection of WP swag.

Please submit photos before October 31, 2015.

Thank you for your help in making this incredible photo album.

Agritruth Research ‏@Agritruth Great view of @BarryGurr swathing field of InVigor L252 next to river valley. @westernproducer #westcdnag #harvest15

Agritruth Research ‏@Agritruth Great view of @BarryGurr swathing field of InVigor L252 next to river valley. @westernproducer #westcdnag #harvest15

Carson Seman ‏@CarsonSeman Supper in the field #harvest15 @westernproducer

Carson Seman ‏@CarsonSeman
Supper in the field #harvest15 @westernproducer

Here are our previous contests:

#Plant15 :     Album      Winners

#Harvest14:  Album      Winners

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#Plant14:      Album      Winners

#Harvest13:  Album       Winners

#Harvest13:  video highlights

Megz Reynolds‎ #Harvest15 5th generation farmer in the making. She had her first combine ride last year when she was a month and a half old and would accompany her mom while she was combining.

Megz Reynolds‎
#Harvest15 5th generation farmer in the making. She had her first combine ride last year when she was a month and a half old and would accompany her mom while she was combining.

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  • Dayton

    Only the WP would choose a labelled photo. After all advertising does pay the bills. I would have gone with #2, the future of farming is more than technology.

    • Dayton,

      The conversation to pick the winner happened three feet from my desk.

      My colleagues Robin Booker and (award-winning photographer) Michael Raine were poring over a “short list” of about 15 images.

      The 15 “finalists” were chosen from a folder of images on our server. Any identifying information was purposely left out. They were looking at images ONLY.

      Once the winners were determined in this fashion, we published the images along with any “cutline” information they may have arrived with – in this case (and many others) what the image was “tweeted” with.

      That’s how the winning image was chosen.

      Cheers,
      Paul – WP web ed

      • Dayton

        My opinion, I prefer a natural image over one that’s staged. Staged images with assisted taglines look phoney to me. They are so easily photo shopped.

        • Agreed.

          But if you’ll allow me to play a little “devil’s advocate’ for a moment, what makes you think the child rushing to meet grandpa wasn’t a “staged” shot, as well?

          To be clear, I have no evidence to suggest this is actually the case, and furthermore I don’t care – it’s an excellent shot, I raise this merely as a hypothetical example for this debate’s sake.

          As for photoshopping, we’ve got several “expert” level PhotoShop users in the building. And a bunch of us, like myself, who use it daily, though only to make minor adjustments to images we publish. (Journalistic ethics dictate what we can, and cannot, do with images – a good example of one thing we don’t do is “flipping” an image, which would turn a farmer missing his or her right arm into a farmer missing his or her left…)

          We’re pretty capable of spotting incidences of photoshopping that exceed our ethical boundaries.

          Cheers,
          Paul – WP web ed

          • Dayton

            Well then Grandpa is a good actor, probably an Oscar winner. What also peaks my interest is what will it take to win a WP photo contest? $1 million or more worth of equipt. and a drone or low flying aircraft? Seems they have the upper hand as depicted by past winners. Leaves the human element out of the picture and replaces it with $$$ don’t you think? Is that what a typical farm picture is about?

          • I respectfully disagree with your opinion that it takes $1 million worth of equipment or a drone to win.

            I do admit the drone shots are cool – people rarely, if ever, get to see things from that point of view, which is what makes them so compelling. Also, you should know, I don’t believe I’ve ever assisted in the choosing of the winning photo.

            Yes we’ve also picked drone shots before, but I don’t think we’ve overdone it.

            Look at the previous winners, and look at the previous finalists – I think there’s enough variety there to dispel your $1 million claim.

            Look, I know I’m not going to change your mind, Dayton. But I’m telling you as honesty as I can – we’re just looking for a great picture when we choose these winners.

            There’s no considering if the winning shot contains machinery or not, or what information (if any) has been sent along with the image.

            The problem is we get SO many great picture’s that it’s really hard to pick just one.

            We do lean on our expert photogs – Bill DeKay and Mike Raine (both multiple North American ag photo award winners – these guys are seriously at the top of their game) for assistance in these contests, so their biases might be creeping in, but we also value their trained eye.

            As for the “typical farm picture” – we can only choose from among those submitted. Whether what we receive is “typical” or not I’m not sure.

            Cheers,
            Paul – WP web ed

  • Claudette Lacombe

    This one is definitely my favorite. Lianne Beaupre-Scorgie‎
    #Harvest15 Papa! Bringing Papa supper in the field! Who is more delighted?! Near Beaverlodge, Alberta