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November 15, 2007   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
November 15, 2007

Dianne Gaines of Autaugaville captured first prize in the "General Agriculture" division with "Rake View."
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Like cream rising to the top, a couple of familiar names surfaced in the 2007 Neighbors Magazine Photography Contest despite having more than 750 entries -- at least 250 more than the last time around.

The competition, which featured first, second and third places in three divisions -- "General Agriculture," "Children On The Farm" and "Wildlife" -- almost overwhelmed our panel of judges, which included a veteran news and theater photographer, a university relations photographer and a veteran videographer and still photographer.

Dianne Gaines, who captured second and third places in the 2005 competition, took the top prize of $300 in this year's "General Agriculture" division with "Rake View," an engaging shot of a hay rake against a blue sky. The shot will be displayed along with other winning entries at the Alabama Farmers Federation's 86th Annual Meeting in Mobile on Dec. 1-3.

Runners-up earned $200, and third-place photos were worth $100 in each of the three categories. So keen was the competition that the judges were compelled to name two honorable mentions in each of the three categories.

Taking second in "General Agriculture" behind Gaines was Vernett Edde of Fort Payne, the contest's only double winner. Edde's shot of Charolais cow and her calf on a misty morning caught the judges' eye for its composition.

Third place went to Michele Tate of Huntsville who focused on agritourism with her photo of a wagonload of students on a tractor-drawn hayride.

Honorable mention went to June Fountain of Vance for her shot of a daybreak in the field, and to Barbara Ward of Autaugaville for a humorous shot of a two horses that appear to be sharing a horse laugh.

First place in the "Children On The Farm" went to Kayleigh Ann Phillips of Rogersville for "New Friends," which captured the promise of tomorrow's generation of farmers with a shot of a toddler and a beagle pup against a rustic farm setting. Edde's photo of a smiling young girl in a hayloft captured second place, while Natasha Smith's shot of a 2-year-old boy making the most of a mud puddle took third place.

Honorable mention in the "Children On The Farm" division went to Amy Terry of Odenville for a shot of a young girl in an old farm truck and to Kay Pruett of Altoona for her photo of a toddler and cows sharing the same haystack.

First place in the "Wildlife" category -- sponsored by the Federation's Wildlife Resources Division -- went to Megan Smith of Arley for its shot of a curious cub peeking out from the brush.

Maryanne Baker of Gallion took runnerup with her photo of a bright red cardinal on a branch laden with berries. David Cline of Auburn, a first-place winner in 2005, took third this year with his picture of a dragonfly resting on a reed.

Honorable mention in the "Wildlife" category went to Cheryl Farris of Brilliant for her silhouette of a hummingbird caught mid-flight at a feeder, and to Jean Watson of Newbern for her photo of a bright green frog resting on a red hibiscus.

To see all the winning photos, visit our Photography Contest Gallery at www.alfafarmers.org/gallery/album.phtml?galleryID=26&start=0.

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