Vassar native snaps winning photo in the 2018 contest

As an inspiring photography, high school senior Katherine Weber of Vassar, Michigan, snapped the winning photo in the 2018 MMPA photo contest. Weber says she took the photo because she thought the soft snowflakes slowly drifting down and landing on the heifer’s faces was beautiful. The heifers huddled together to during the January snow in Tuscola County.“When I found out I had won, I was extremely excited,” said Weber. “I ran over to the milkhouse to tell my brother who didn’t believe me at first.”

Taken of several curious Jerseys, Weber loved the way heifer “15” stood out front and center in the photo. She enjoys capturing the essence of the family dairy, Weber Family Dairy, and the contentment of the animals. Weber submitted another photo, “Summer Jerseys,” that was considered a finalist in the competition.

After receiving over 85 photo entries, a panel of judges selected the top three winners for the 2018 MMPA Photo Contest. Photos were judged on overall image quality and composition, creativity, and the image’s ability to evoke imagination and to tell a story.

Displayed prominently on the cover of this month’s issue of the Michigan Milk Messenger, is the winning photo, titled “January Jerseys,” taken by Katherine Weber of Vassar, Michigan. Earning second place was Kathleen Reed of North Branch, Michigan with her photo, “Babies Feeding Babies,” and rounding out the top three images was “Bringing Bottles to Baby Calves,” captured by Amelia Osantoski from Port Austin, Michigan in third place.

With the contest being such a success, be sure to keep taking pictures and watch for the details about the 2019 Photo Contest.

1st place: January Jerseys, by Katherine Weber of Vassar, Michigan

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