Winners of GrainGrowers’ calendar photo competition announced

Each year, GrainGrowers holds a photo competition for Australian grain farmers to showcase their great industry.

This year, we received a significant number of high quality entries from across the country, showing that not only are we very productive as growers, but we have fabulous farms that we work and live on, while growing nutritious food for Australians and the world.

GrainGrowers’ CEO David McKeon said that this competition really highlights the great effort our Australian grain farmers do every year to produce grain and the wonderful industry they work in.

“The judges had a tough decision with the high quality of top photos taken by grain farmers across Australia and representing all aspects of grain farming and the cropping season,” said Mr McKeon.

Our winners of the competition included:

1st place winner – Kelly Kirkland – Milky Way Scepter Wheat

Our first-place winner was Kelly Kirkland from Balaklava, SA. Kelly won $1,000 for her winning shot ‘Milky Way Scepter Wheat’.

Kelly said that after a few very hot nights while outside doing some work, she noticed that the night sky was super dark, and the Milky Way was beautifully clear to see. She quickly decided to try and photograph the Scepter Wheat while incorporating the night sky in the background.

Apart from the Milky Way, the small glow you can see in the photo just above the heads of wheat in the middle, is the city of Adelaide, which is 100km away. Kelly took the photo about 100 meters from her home and had to sit low amongst the crop. She said it was about 10pm at night and she remembers it being so hot and still that she was a bit worried about snakes which had started to appear around the house with the arrival of the warmer weather.

2nd place winner – Kelly Holland – Luck shot

Second-place winner was awarded to Kelly Holland from Young, NSW. Kelly won $500 for her shot ‘Luck shot’.

This shot was from drone footage she had taken in the 2016 season. The paddock name is ‘Kilburnie 5’ situated at Thuddung, NSW. She was harvesting H45 wheat, with their own harvester and chaser bin, along with friends, the McRae family from Temora NSW and the Tyack family from Condobolin, NSW. It yielded five tonnes to the hectare.

3rd place winner – Philip Down – Mia Checking the wheat

Third-place winner was awarded to Philip Down from Speed, Vic. Philip won $250 for his shot ‘Mia checking the wheat’. Philip took this photo of Mia Roberts in the wheat at the local district of Hopetoun in north west Vic. Philip is a good friend of Mia’s mother Mikala Roberts who asked him to take some photos of Mia. Both Mikala and Philip have a great love of their local landscape and thought it was special and natural to take some photos around their home.

People’s Choice Award – Matt Rhode – Brother enjoying the chickpeas  

For the first time, GrainGrowers introduced a People’s Choice Award with a prize of $50 for the photographer who has taken the most popular shot, as voted for by people on our website. Our lucky winner for this years People Choice Award was Matt Rhode from Netherby, Victoria. Matt’s shot ‘Brothers enjoying the chickpeas’ received the most votes on the GrainGrowers website.

Matt said that the shot was taken on his family farm at Lorquon, in the northern Wimmera. Matt farms with his wife, parents, and now their two boys pictured Luka (two) and Nelson (four). He said the photo was taken in a tough season this year in October spring time. The boys feature in a crop of gen090 chickpeas.

As GrainGrowers celebrates the successes we have achieved over the past 60 years, we are also looking towards the future and continuing to enhance the grains industry through our vision of a more efficient, sustainable and profitable grain producer. We look forward to sharing these inspiring shots from our creative growers in the 2019 GrainGrowers’ calendar.

To view all our 2018 entries, visit the GrainGrowers’ website.