Colorado Ag Department Celebrates Best in Show Photo Contest Winners

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is excited to announce the winning photographs from its 2020 Best in Show Photography Contest. More than 100 photos were submitted through the annual contest, which invites photographers of all skill levels to capture images of Colorado’s vibrant agriculture industry in every corner of the state.

Once again, the judges were faced with the daunting task of choosing only three winners from a large pool of excellent photographs. All entries have a valuable role in promoting and helping tell the stories of Colorado agriculture and will be featured widely in CDA communications.

The 2020 first place winner is Brad Hensley of Longmont, with his entry titled “Peaks, Horns, Smoke.” Taken in Weld County last September, the winning photograph shows a dramatic image of grazing cattle silhouetted against the front range at sunset contrasted by a massive smoke plume from the Cameron Peak wildfire.


The second and third place photographs further represent the diversity of Colorado agriculture, featuring images of wooly sheep in falling snow in Arapahoe County taken by Ben Griffiths and a bird’s eye view of Colorado’s Eastern Plains corn harvest near Kersey captured by Shelby Chesnut.

Individuals receiving an honorable mention include Jennifer Taylor of Palisade; Mandi Cottrell of Greeley; Kaylan Greiman of Arvada; Daniel Harvey of Monte Vista; Alex Parsaye of Laporte; Armando Martinez of Denver; and Onilee Kravig of Karval.

Visit the CDA website to view more of this year’s top photo entries and for information about the 2021 Best in Show contest, now underway. High-resolution images are available by contacting Ben Walther, Digital Media and Outreach Coordinator.   

The Colorado Department of Agriculture exists to support the state’s agriculture industry and serve the people of Colorado through regulation, advocacy and education. Our mission is to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture, promote a safe and high-quality food supply, protect consumers, and foster responsible stewardship of the environment and natural resources. 

colorado.gov/ag

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.