STATESVILLE, NC – Sara Lawson of Danbury, NC, won first prize in the Carolina Farm Credit 2020 Photo Contest with her photo “Hay Barn in Spring”
Second Place went to Haley Stehr of Salisbury, NC and her photo titled “Strawberry Season”.
Jena Reeves of Sparta, NC won third place with her photo “After the Storm”.
The contest was judged by website visitors who were allowed to vote for their three favorite pictures, once a day from July 1 - 31. All three winners will be featured in the 2021 Carolina Farm Credit photo calendar.
Lawson received a cash prize of $300, and the second and third place winners received $200 and $100.
The winning photos along with the photos that were chosen for voting can be seen on Carolina Farm Credit’s website.
In all, more than 750 photos were submitted and almost 7,500 votes were cast. This year’s collection of rural North Carolina photos includes images of kids on farms, farm animals, farm equipment, scenery, and winter snow.
Carolina Farm Credit will begin accepting entries for the 2021 photo contest beginning in January 2021 at carolinafarmcredit.com.
Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 29 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
For over 100 years, Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.
Carolina Farm Credit serves over 11,000 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.7 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are David M. Coltrane, Chairman, Pleasant Garden; Vickie N. Smitherman, Vice-Chair, East Bend; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; Leslie G. Sparks, DVM, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Eric McPherson, Snow Camp; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; L. Kim Starnes, Salisbury; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.