2014 Photo Winners

Farmers moving cattle on a hill farm near Dromara, County Down, one of the areas badly affected by drifts following last week's heavy snowfall which has led to the loss of thousands of farm animals. Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Farmers moving cattle on a hill farm near Dromara, County Down, one of the areas badly affected by drifts following last week’s heavy snowfall which has led to the loss of thousands of farm animals. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

The overall winner in this year’s IFAJ Star Prize for photo excellence, sponsored by DeLaval, is Cliff Donaldson of Northern Ireland. He won this distinction, as well as the competition’s nature-landscape category, for his photo “Mountain Farm.”

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Cliff Donaldson receiving the IFAJ Star Prize for photography from Kristina Hunter-Nilsson, of sponsor DeLaval

The image received high scores in composition from the judges, noting the variety of lines displayed in the image create interest and pattern. The image also scored high for impact since, as one judge said, he was drawn to the image by the “beauty and vulnerability of our world.”

This year’s competition drew 88 entries: 33 in the production category, in the people category, 26 in the people category and 29 in the nature category, from across the IFAJ membership.

 

 

These are this year’s winners:

Production

Winner: Johan Norval (South Africa), “Loxton Meatmasters Retiring for the Day”

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Distinguished recognition: Knut Valberg, (Norway), “MIT Fablab, Lyngen, Norway.”

People

Winner: Paula Heelan (Australia), “Mt. Collan Campdraft Action”
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Distinguished recognition: Cliff Donaldson (Northern Ireland), “Still Farming at 70.”

Nature/Landscape

Winner: Cliff Donaldson (Northern Ireland), “Mountain Farm”
Distinguished recognition: Peter Scott (Australia), Desolate Landscape

The awards were presented at the 2014 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress in Aberdeen, Scotland. Judges for this year’s competition were Canadian Janice Thoroughgood, manager of creative development with Farm Credit Canada, Australian photography Brian Cassey and Dierk Jensen, a freelance journalist from Germany.

For more information, contact Allison Finnamore, IFAJ photography contest co-ordinator, at finnamor@nbnet.nb.ca or (001) 506-860-7761.