The Best 30 Photographs of the Contest! 

Carmilita Yupe, A Head O’ Lettuce		Bozeman, MTEmma Burke, Balance in Agriculture 				Bozeman, MTMichelle Erickson-Jones, Farm Her Hands - Honorable Mention			Broadview, MTMichelle Erickson-Jones, The Dreams Within Us		Broadview, MTAmber Sitz, She Rides						Jackson, MTAda Smith, Onward & Upward				Blackfoot Valley, MTLevi Ostberg, Feeding the Bull Treats                                 Fairfield, MTLevi Ostberg, Feeding the Heifers Treats                           Fairfield, MTKristen Ostberg, Grain Cart Driver                           Fairfield, MTGabriella Poupart, Buckwheat Summer               Towne's Harvest, Bozeman, MTGabriella Poupart, Hand-line Duties - Honorable Mention                  Towne's Harvest, Bozeman, MT Kristin Katchmar, Work Hard Play Harder           Towne’s Harvest, Bozeman, MTClaire Baker, Lydia: An Early-Adopter of Biotechnology - Honorable Mention  Kakamega County, KenyaClaire Baker, Gaudencia's Generations: Her Mother and Her Daughter Kakamega County, KenyaJennifer Thorson, Shine Down on Me     	Northern Ag. Research Ctr., MTAmanda Leckband, A Stronger Future for Women in the Grain                MSU Ag. ExtensionHeather Fryer, Working Women                                           Central MontanaErin Van Dyke, Serenity 						Whitehall, MTLauren Kett, Diary Paradise					Paradise Valley, MTHeather Fryer, Cattle Need to be Fed - Third Place                                  Central MontanaAshlee Anderson, Heel Trap                                                      Big Sandy, MTEliza Wiley, No Job Too Big                                                Havre, MontanaEliza Wiley, Cultivate Diversity                                                Havre, MontanaLaci Lien, Tough Guy	                                            Camas Prairie, MTLaci Lien, Soap on a Rope                                         Camas Prairie, MTBrent Roeder, Decision Time                         Greenfield, MTDana Phipps, Breaking Colt - Second Place                          Brusett, MTDana Phipps, Breaking Colt                            Brusett, MTKiley Martinell, GRIT - First Place	Centennial Valley, Southwest MontanaJessica Torrion, Ground, Seed, and the Sky                NWARC, Creston,MT

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Photography Contest Application


To engage students and community members (entrants) in a creative and reflective way to document the life, dreams, and achievements of women in agriculture through photography for increasing public awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of women to agriculture.

Photo Request

photo contest promotional poster

Entrants may submit photos taken in the last 12 months along with a statement and reflection on the picture. We ask that the photos are taken with the highest quality possible and be respectful of the photo subjects. If your picture includes people (Subjects), along with your submission you must send a signed Subject Release Form (please see below). Failure to provide a signed Subject Release Form will disqualify your photograph before review.

Rules and Guidelines

  • Entrants must be 16 years old or older.
  • Entrants might submit up to two photos, each one as a separate entry.
  • Photographs that have won other competitions, either online or in print are not eligible for submission.

Photograph Requirements

  • Must be the entrant’s own work
  • Must focus on the theme of women in agriculture
  • Must be submitted electronically as a JPEG file between 2MB and 10MB in size. Photos should be no smaller than 2,000 pixels wide.
  • Contest administrators may ask for resubmissions if photo does not arrive in a format that allows printing as a poster (up to 24”x36”) in 300dpi.
  • Must not contain material that violates or infringes upon another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement; entrants may be requested to provide a signed consent from each recognizable person in the photograph.
  • Must not contain brand names or trademarks.
  • Must be accompanied by the date you took the photograph, location, title, your name, and a statement. In the statement please indicate the rationale for what you choose to picture, and how it relates with your views on women in agriculture.
  • Must include the camera specification used to take the photograph.
  • If applicable, it must include a signed Subject Release Form.

We will not consider entries that contain material that (a) is unsuitable, obscene, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; (b) violates human rights and dignity; or (c) promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promote discrimination in any regard.

How to Enter

To enter your photographs please fill out the form here between August 16-September 16, 2019.

Your photo file should be named as follows:
LastName(entry number);
for example, a student named Smith 2nd entry photo would be indicated as Smith2. Each photograph must be sent as an individual file.

Once we receive your application with your e-mail address you will get an invitation to post your photograph in a Dropbox file.


By entering a photo in this competition, the entrant retains all rights.

However, entrants grant Empowering Women in Agriculture Project a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to reproduce and publish the photo for any educational purposes and in production of publicity in any and all media now known without compensation, permission or further notification to the entrant. Photo credit will be provided to the entrant in all cases.

Each photographer must obtain a signed consent from all recognizable and identifiable persons who appear in the photo (or from their parents or legal guardians, if such persons are minors).


The best 30 photographs will be printed and displayed at the Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman, Montana, October 1-3, 2019; at the MSU Summit on Women in Agriculture in Montana State University on October 12, 2019 in Bozeman, Montana; on the Empowering Women in Agriculture website. First, second, and third place winners will be invited to attend the MSU Summit on Women in Agriculture on October 12, 2019 in Bozeman, Montana. Prizes will also be available for the entrants of the first, second, and third best photos.


Submissions will be judged on the picture’s creativity and relevance to women in agriculture, and on the eloquence and depth of the picture statement and reflection. Photos will be voted on by a panel of three professional judges.

Announcement of Winners

The winners will be notified by e-mail by September 23, 2019 and announced in the MSU Summit on Women in Agriculture. The winners will be featured on the Empowering Women in Agriculture -a USDA supported project-website.

Submission Form

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Submitter Information
Photo Information
Once we receive your application with your e-mail address you will get an invitation to post your photograph in a Dropbox file.