You gave us your best shots: 2021 MMPA photo contest results

Selected from more than 120 entries, the five winning photographs from MMPA’s fourth annual photo contest capture exactly what it means to live the dairy lifestyle. In this year’s contest, there were five awards given: first, second and third place judged by a panel of judges, along with a People’s Choice Award determined by public voting and a Staff Choice Award, the favorite photo among MMPA employees. 2021 MMPA Photo Contest results:

1st Place

The first-place winner was Lisa Warnke of St. Johns, Michigan, with her photo titled, “Cows Out to Pasture in Early Morning.” The photo was taken on D&L Dairy and is the perfect setting for a prize-winning photo. Capturing the peaceful morning scene awarded Lisa a $100 gift card to MMPA’s Farm Supply Store.

2nd Place


There was a tie for second place. Julia Troyer of Laotto, Indiana, and Vickie Rupprecht, of Vassar, Michigan, both took home second-place with their photos titled, “Up Close and Personal” and “Mother’s Comfort,” respectively. As recognition for their impressive photography skills, they both receive a $50 gift card to MMPA’s Farm Supply Store.

3rd Place

Placing third was Sheldon Thomas of Middlebury, Indiana, with his photo “Early Morning Sunrise.” Taken on LeAnn Acres, the photo captures cows on pasture during a foggy, early morning sunrise. Sheldon will receive a cheese box from Heritage Ridge Creamery to acknowledge his success.

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award was given to “Proud Mama of Twins” captured by Emma Perales of Marlette, Michigan, on D&P Dairy. The photo caught the eye of the general public receiving over 20 percent of all the votes in the People’s Choice contest. Emma will receive a $25 gift card to MMPA’s Farm Supply Store.

Staff Choice Award

Lastly, Vickie Rupprecht also took home the Staff Choice Award with her photo titled “New Life.” The tender moment captured between a cow and her calf won the hearts of MMPA’s employees earning Vickie an MMPA t-shirt. Vickie’s photo rounds out the best of the best of the 2021 MMPA Photo Contest.