SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced recently the winners of the 2016 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest, and a Minooka student took first place in the 8- to 10-year-old age category.
The annual contest encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in our state.
Camryn Mullen of Minooka took first place in her category for her photo “Farm Cattle,” according to a news release from Frerichs’ office.
“The imagination of our children never fails to amaze and is clearly evident in these photos,” Frerichs said in the news release. “These beautiful images are strong evidence that our future is bright regardless of the challenges that we face today.
The winning entries will be featured at the treasurer’s tent during the 164th annual Illinois State Fair in Springfield.
Fair presentation tents begin Aug. 12 and end with the fair’s afternoon closing Aug. 21. Frerichs’ primary tent will be on the north side of Brian Raney Avenue. The treasurer’s office also will have a presence inside the Illinois Building.
Winning photo entries can be viewed at http://illinoistreasurer.gov/Individuals/Ag_Invest/Cream_of_the_Crop_Winners. Winning photos and other submissions will be used in a calendar and Ag Invest marketing materials for the agriculture industry.
Ag Invest is one of the nation’s largest agricultural linked deposit programs. It helps hundreds of Illinois farmers and agriculture professionals.
The treasurer’s office, through Ag Invest, partners with eligible financial lenders to offer farmers annual and long-term, low-interest loans that can be used for operating costs, equipment purchases, construction-related expenses, and livestock purchases.
There were three age-based categories in this year’s photo contest: ages 8 to 10, 11 to 14, and 15 to 18. Each student was allowed to submit electronically up to two photos by July 7.
Photo judges were Rick Schramm of Illinois National Bank; Mary Morgan of 1st Farm Credit Services; Scott Rhoads of Carrollton Bank; Gary Mueller of Havana National Bank and Ben Jackson of the Illinois Bankers Association. Mike Zigliani of Café Moxo in Springfield donated refreshments during the judging.