Selected from more than 50 entries, the five winning photographs from MMPA’s second 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, an additional honorable mention, to the favorite photo among MMPA employees.
The first-place winner was Cassie Packard of Clare, Michigan, with her photo titled “Life on the Farm”. The photo was taken on her family’s farm, Packard Farms, and is the perfect setting for a prize-winning photo. Capturing the picturesque red barn and beautiful black and white Holsteins awarded Cassie a $100 gift card to MMPA’s Farm Supply Store.
Cassie also took home second-place with her other photo entry titled “Enjoying the Michigan Sunshine”. Everyone knows that sunshine wasn’t something easy to come across this past spring, but Cassie snapped this photo on one of those rare sunny days. As recognition for her impressive photography skills, Cassie will also receive an additional $50 gift card to MMPA’s Farm Supply Store.
Placing third was Stephanie Weil, of Goodrich, Michigan, with her photo “Enchanted Sunrise”. Taken on Weil Dairy Farm, the photo could be a painting with how beautifully it captures the first rays of sunlight peaking across a dewy field. Stephanie will receive a cheese box from Heritage Ridge Creamery to acknowledge her success.
The People’s Choice Award was given to “The ‘Pick Up’,” captured by Jacob Niederman of Hamilton, Ohio, on Emmons Farm LLC. With the bright blue sky and gorgeous flower beds in front of a stark white barn, it caught the eye of the general public receiving over 20 percent of all the votes in the People’s Choice contest. Jacob will receive a $25 gift card to MMPA’s Farm Supply Store.
STAFF CHOICE AWARD
Last but not least, honorable mention goes to Lisa Gildner of Alpena, Michigan, for her photo titled “Best Furry Friends.” The touching combination of a dog and calf spending quality time together on ButterWerth Dairy won the hearts of MMPA’s employees earning Lisa the Staff Choice Award. Lisa’s photo rounds out the best of the best of the 2019 MMPA Photo Contest.
This article was originally published in the September/October 2019 issue of the Milk Messenger. Subscribe »