Photo Contest

Across the stunning landscapes of the Great Lakes region, MMPA members have the unique opportunity to capture beautiful scenes like the morning fog rolling across corn fields, a newborn calf’s big eyes taking in new wonders of the world or memorable moments of farmers caring for their cows. MMPA offers a photo contest to showcase members’ photos.

2019 Results

The 2019 MMPA Photo Contest is just wrapping up and the results are gradually being announced on our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As the results are released, the photographs will be included below along with further information about the photo. The five award-winning photographers will be featured in the September/October issue of the Milk Messenger. You can view the results of the 2018 contest in last year’s publication.

Staff Choice Award

Photo Title: “Best Furry Friends”
Photographer: Lisa Gildner
Hometown: Alpena, Michigan
Member Farm: ButterWerth Dairy

People’s Choice Award

Photo Title: “The ‘Pick Up’”
Photographer: Jacob Niederman
Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio
Member Farm: Emmons Farm LLC

3rd Place

Photo Title: “Enchanted Sunrise”
Photographer: Stephanie Weil
Hometown: Goodrich, Michigan
Member Farm: Weil Dairy Farm

2nd Place

Photo Title: “Enjoying the Michigan Sunshine”
Photographer: Cassie Packard
Hometown: Clare, Michigan
Member Farm: Packard Farms

1st Place

Photo Title: Life on the Farm
Photographer: Cassie Packard
Hometown: Clare, Michigan
Member Farm: Packard Farms

2020 MMPA Photo Contest

Photo submissions for the next photo contest will be accepted in 2020. Interested applicants are encouraged to continue taking photos that are reflective of what encompasses our cooperative and capture a wide variety of the dairy farm lifestyle. Photos can include but are not limited to cattle, crops, equipment, dairy events and families working together.


  • Applicants must be a member, employed by a member or related to a member of the Michigan Milk Producers Association.
  • Photographers must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicants may only submit each photo once and each photo must be accompanied by a completed entry form and photo release. Applicants may submit more than one photo, but must include a separate entry form and photo release for each.
  • All photographs must be your own original creation. Photos that have been digitally altered, as determined by MMPA as going beyond standard optimization, will be disqualified.
  • By submitting entries, photographers are granting MMPA the rights to use image(s) to use said photo in any promotional or education materials, publications or projects. All entries submitted will become the property of MMPA and will not be returned.
  • Entries will be judged on composition, quality and character of the image, suitability and/or creativity and overall impression of the photo.
  • Minimum resolution requirement for digital photos is 1080p or larger and photos must be saved as PNG, JPEG or TIF files. Low resolution submissions will not be included in the contest.
  • Photos must be submitted online by July 1, 2020.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Emily Kittendorf at 248-474-6672 ex. 234 or at