Photo contest winners announced

Published 6:51 am Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A photo titled “American Daughter” captured the hearts and imaginations of the judges of the 2nd annual Southwest Georgia Farm Credit photo contest, earning honors as the “Best Overall” photo.

The picture, taken by Lindsay Anderson of Bainbridge, shows her daughter, Lydia Bentley, digging in her grandpa’s peanut field in Faceville.

“Lydia loves peanuts, and she loves running around my father’s fields,” Anderson said of her 2-year-old daughter. “She loves to pick the peanuts off the bushes.”

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Bainbridge High School senior Ivey Heard captured first-place honors in three categories—“Kids & Nature,”  “Life on the Farm” and “At Home in the Country.”

Sarah Adams of Camilla took first place in the “Rural Landscapes” category.

Anderson’s “American Daughter” photo will be featured on the cover of the October issue of “Bainbridge Living” magazine.

Other winning photos will be featured in the Association’s “Wiregrass Land & Living” magazine, and in a 2011 calendar.

The contest, which is in its second year, nearly doubled in size in terms of the number of photos submitted. Winning photos (first, second and third in each category) were submitted from photographers in Decatur, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Sumter and Dougherty counties.

“The quality of the photos we received made it very tough on our judges,” said Liz Nogowski, director of marketing at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. “In terms of quality and imagination and capturing the unique aspects of rural living, these amateur photographers did a fantastic job.”