It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s Center for Public Issues Education (PIE) just wrapped up a contest that explores what the lens has to say about agriculture, wildlife, our natural resources and more. In the PIE Center’s 3rd Annual Photo Contest, contestants were challenged to enter photos that spoke volumes about agriculture, natural resources, and related categories.
Photographs were separated into six separate categories— crops, livestock, wildlife, landscape, people of agriculture and natural resources, leadership in agriculture, and natural resources—and the awards will go to one overall winner, one “best of Florida” as well as one individual photo from each of the six categories. While professional photographers chose the overall winner and the “best of Florida” winner, the remaining winners were chosen by popular voting via Facebook. Voting was extended to April 1st, and the winners should be announced soon!
In an era where popular opinion can change on a dime— or a social media post— it’s important to continually show what agriculture is all about: the hardworking men and women of ag who care about their land and livestock, the wildlife that benefits from the rural spaces created by agriculture, the natural beauty of a thriving crop or a newborn calf, and more. Engagement such as the PIE Center’s Photo Contest allows all of us to “agvocate” and share agriculture’s importance and commitment.
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Paula Schumaker, 2015 winner of the UF/IFAS PIE Center Photo Contest Natural Resources category, and a Port Charlotte resident, shared the story of how she captured this photo during UF/IFAS Master Gardener field trip. The little critter was one of the three that had made camp in a peach tree. This raccoon is a poignant reminder of the safe haven that our groves, ranches, farms, and orchards provide for Florida wild life.