By Raiza Giorgi

The Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau is inviting amateur photographers to submit images for its first “I Am Ag” photo contest, with an entry deadline of July 1.

The grand prize will be $750. First place will win $500, second place $250, and third place $100.

Those four winners and eight honorable mentions will be printed in a 2019 “I Am Ag” calendar.

The nonprofit organization is also seeking business sponsorships for the contest.

The images should showcase Santa Barbara County agriculture, depicting subjects such as fresh food, farm products being grown or harvested, animals on the farm, farm family life, people working on the farm or ranch, rural scenery or urban food production.

Each entrant can submit up to three photos. The images must not have been entered in any other contest, must accurately reflect the subject matter, and not be digitally altered beyond standard optimization. Sepia and black-and-white photos are acceptable.

The SBCFB, dedicated to protecting the interests of agriculture, is one of 53 county farm bureaus representing more than 80,000 members across California.

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