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Annual Photography Contest

am photo contest

Contest open!

Click here to go to the entry form. 

Science isn't just found in the laboratory and classroom. It can also exist in art and photographs. What inspires you in a farm landscape, in a wetland or forest, in a plant you’re studying, or a soil you’ve just unearthed? Display your vision by entering the Annual Photo Contest!

Winning photos will be announced in CSA News. All photos submitted could be used in CSA News, Crops & Soils, websites, social media, and education purposes.

The themes for the photo contest are:

ASA: Agronomy Feeds the World

CSSA: Plant Science for a Better World

SSSA: Soils Sustain Life

(includes all Societies) Tools at Work

(includes all Societies) People at Work

Enter by Sept. 15!  All members are eligible, including undergraduate and graduate students.

Prizes: Each theme will have first, second, and third place winners. Prizes are:

  • First Place: $250
  • Second Place: $100
  • Third Place: $50

Click here to go to the entry form. 

Common questions:

1)  Is there a limit on how many photos a member can submit? You can submit up to four photos. However, only members can submit (lab staff, etc., are not included). Please note that only the photographer him or herself has the legal right to submit the photo.

2)  Is there a limit on how old the picture is? What if the photo was taken a couple years ago?  No worries--if it portrays the theme (above), it’ll be a good entry!!

3)  When will contest winners be notified? By Dec. 15, using the email provided with submission.

4) How are photos judged? The first round of judging is entirely based on how well the written statement demonstrates the theme you chose. The next rounds of judging consider the artistic merits of the photo. (The lesson here: Make sure what you write provides a good explanation of the theme!)

5) Will I need a photo permission form if there are people in the photo? If faces are identifiable, yes, you will need permission from them. There is a permission form you can download here. If a face isn't included (maybe the photo uses the back of their head, or just their hands, for example), no form is needed.

Good luck, and let the photographing begin!

Entry form

Our 2017 winners:

Hay field on foggy morning Field based heat tents Soil ped and inchworm