July 7, 2006
Photo Contest Winners
With more than 300 photos pouring in from all over the Lone Star State, the 2006 Texas Farm Bureau Photo Contest was one of the biggest and best ever.
Not only were more pictures entered than in any of the previous contests, but the quality was outstanding, Editor Mike Barnett said.
"Choosing the top pictures from such a fine selection was no simple task," he said. "But as you can see from the pictures on these pages, we definitely had some great photographers out there."
As usual, children were a focal point in many of the photographs submitted, but a number of other quality photographs included landscapes, farmscapes and stills that captured mood and atmosphere.
Top prize winners receive cash rewards. The first place winner will receive $100, while second gets $50 and honorable mentions get $25 each.
The prize winning photos are featured on this page. Other photos, not winning a prize but of excellent quality, are on Page 27.
Miss out on this year's contest? Watch for announcements of next year's annual photography competition at www.txfb.org.
Claiming first place in the 2006 TFB Photography Contest is a picture submitted by Kim Landers of Wolfe City of her daughter's first bottle calf, eagerly waiting to be fed on their farm in Collin County. According to Landers, the calf was named "Abe" because the date of his birth happened to coincide with Abraham Lincoln's.
Becky Reinke of Olney snapped this year's second place photo of a hard-working cowgirl, Annie Reinke, cleaning her pony Cocoa's hoof. Young Annie, age 4, learned proper hoof care from her father, Troy Reinke, who considers her "a top hand" around their farm in Young County.
Few pictures captured the spirit of one generation handing down wisdom to the next better than this honorable mention photo submitted by 10-year-old Jake Bramlet. Young Jake, the son of Beth and Larry Bramlet of Lockney, had the opportunity to embark on his very first pheasant hunting trip last October in Floyd County, and no doubt picked up many a fine pointer from his elder hunting guide as they made their way through the back country fields.
A sunset makes a beautiful backlight for the tandem discs pictured in this honorable mention photograph taken last spring by Daniel Wishard of Pleasanton on a farm near Verdi, located about 25 miles southeast of San Antonio.
Just good photos...
These pictures weren't named winners, but we wanted to share them with you.
Dr. Clark Langley captures 2-year-old Bethani Roper, daughter of Mont Roper of Kilgore, taking it easy in the saddle astride her faithful steed "Grace."
Ruth Fairall captures the vibrance of summer with a photo of a Gulf Fritillary and green beetle on Maximilian sunflowers on the Bar 640 Ranch in Schleicher County.
Jackson C. Smith, 2, checks grass samples as a friendly cow looks on. His grand-parents, Lee and Sally Greer, framed the moment at their farm in Martindale.
Weyman Reimann of Victoria shares his vision of the "Christmas Miracle of 2004," snapping this frame of an old barn on the family farm, located near his birthplace in Victoria County.
Trapper Ensor, 3-year-old son of Jarod and Sommer Ensor, enjoys an afternoon fishing with his grandpa, Dennis Ensor, on the family ranch near Hamilton. The photo was taken by Bonnie Ensor, Trapper's grandma.
Ethan Calahan gets up close and personal when he feeds the cattle with his grandfather, David King, who snapped this not-so-common photograph on the family farm near Nacogdoches.
Connie Hoelscher of Round Rock found this pastoral pair while searching for roadside wildflowers. The horses belong to Sandra Teufel of Brenham.