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Exeter woman takes 3rd in Farm Bureau photo contest

Exeter woman takes 3rd in Farm Bureau photo contest

Kellie Neufeld’s winning photo captures 9-year-old son and his muddy 4-H hog


EXETER – An everyday moment on a family farm earned an Exeter woman $100 prize and top honors in a statewide photo contest.

Kellie Neufeld of Exeter, Calif. won Third Place in the California Farm Bureau Federation’s Photo Contest for capturing a humorous moment between her 9-year-old son and his muddy 4-H hog. Neufeld also won $50 and an honorable mention for a second submission.

The 2017 CFBF Photo Contest attracted hundreds of images from amateur photographers who are members of county Farm Bureaus or supporters of the California Bountiful Foundation. The grand prize of $1,000 went to Emela Brown McLaren of Manteca, Calif., an amateur photographer from San Joaquin County, for her photo capturing the drama of an early-morning cattle roundup near Yosemite. Andrew Lincoln of Napa garnered First Place and $500 for his photo of employees at a hillside vineyard, while Second Place and $250 went to Solvang resident Henry Schulte, who submitted a photo of a Madera County barn painted with the American flag.

Six photos earned Honorable Mentions and $50 each, submitted by Amy Blagg of Lodi, Holly Schaad of Dunnigan, Andrea Traphagan of Ravendale and Thomas Gannon of Atwater, plus an additional image each from Lincoln and Neufeld.

In the Budding Artists category for photographers aged 13 and younger, Nathan Blagg of Lodi, the 8-year-old son of Honorable Mention winner Amy Blagg, claimed First Place and $250 for his portrait of a pig peeking over a fence. A view of a calf peering from underneath its mother earned the Second Place prize of $100 for 11-year-old Holyn Sylvester of San Luis Obispo. Both prizes were presented by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

All 12 prize-winning photos were published last week in the weekly California Farm Bureau newspaper, Ag Alert, as well as the organization’s bimonthly magazine, California Bountiful, and will appear on the organization’s web sites—www.cfbf.com, www.agalert.com and www.californiabountiful.com—and social media pages.

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