Special to The Hays Daily News

MANHATTAN — The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced winners of the 2014 KDA Photo Contest. The third annual statewide contest received more than 350 submissions showcasing Kansas agriculture from a variety of unique perspectives.

Preliminary voting on KDA’s social media pages identified the top five photos in each category: Agriculture at Work, Farm Animals, Farm Faces, Picture Perfect Prairie and a Youth Division. Finalist photos then were reviewed by Kansas State Board of Agriculture members, KDA leadership and agricultural leaders in the Kansas legislature.

The winners from each category are as follows:

Agriculture at Work

First place — Kelly McCarty, Ashland, “Finding the One”

Second place — Kelsey Fuller, Allen, “Patience”

Farm Animals

First place — Josie Alexander, Hoxie, “Cattle Sunset”

Second place — Rachel Braddy, Manhattan, “Parental Supervision”

Farm Faces

First place — Kelsey Fuller, Allen, “Leader of the Pack”

Second place — Melissa Navinskey, Cummings, “Just Another Day on the Farm”

Picture Perfect Prairie

First place — Kelly McCarty, Ashland, “Morning Rain”

Second place — Sheridan VanSickle, Riley, “Prairie Blaze”


First place — Kelsie Conrad, Leoti, “Marcy’s Excitement”

Second place — Kelsie Conrad, Leoti, “Zane Rides Away”

Winners in each category will receive $100 gift cards, and runner-up participants will receive $50 gift cards. In addition, photos will be showcased throughout KDA social media, website and various other marketing materials.