Capturing the drama of an early-morning cattle roundup, an amateur photographer from San Joaquin County took home the top prize in the 36th annual California Farm Bureau Federation Photo Contest.
Emela Brown McLaren of Manteca earned the $1,000 Grand Prize, for a photo taken at the ranch of Dan and Andrea Erickson near Yosemite. The ranch, founded by Dan Erickson's great-great-grandfather, once fed the builders of Hetch Hetchy Dam.
McLaren said the ranch continues to be run much the same way it was in previous generations.
"It's a real honor to live in the San Joaquin Valley with all the farms and the cattle ranches," she said.
The 2017 CFBF Photo Contest attracted hundreds of images from amateur photographers who are members of county Farm Bureaus or supporters of the California Bountiful Foundation.
Andrew Lincoln of Napa garnered First Place and $500 for his photo of employees at a hillside vineyard, while Second Place and $250 went to Solvang resident Henry Schulte, who submitted a photo of a Madera County barn painted with the American flag. Kellie Neufeld of Exeter won Third Place and $100 for capturing a humorous moment between her 9-year-old son and his muddy 4-H hog.
Six photos earned Honorable Mentions and $50 each. The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom sponsored the Budding Artists category, awarding prizes of $250 and $100 for the top images submitted by photographers aged 13 and younger.