"Cream of the Crop" Photography Contest Announced

SPRINGFIELD – “If you’re a young photographer looking to make your mark in the state of Illinois, then get your cameras ready for the Cream of the Crop Photo Contest,” said Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

As part of the Ag Invest program, Rutherford is excited to announce the launch of the Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. He invites students across the state to submit their most innovative, scenic snapshot that depicts their vision of the agriculture in our state. The contest winner will make their mark in the Midwest as they will be featured on the new marketing materials for Ag Invest, plus have lunch with Treasurer Rutherford.

“I have always been an advocate for the environment and conservation. Coming from an ag community, I have a profound appreciation for agriculture here in Illinois,” said Rutherford. “I think a great way to get a picturesque glimpse of agriculture in our state is through the eyes of young people. This contest gives us the opportunity to see crops, livestock, farms and pastures through students’ lenses as they capture their unique angles of agriculture on camera.”

Ag Invest helps hundreds of Illinois farmers and agriculture professionals. It has been recognized as one of the largest agricultural linked deposit programs in the entire nation. Through this program, the treasurer’s office partners with eligible lenders to offer farmers both annual and long-term, low-interest loans that can used for operating costs, equipment purchases, construction related expenses and livestock purchases.

The treasurer’s office is now accepting electronic submissions for the Cream of the Crop Photo Contest from Illinois students, ages 8-18, and the deadline for all entries is July 12, 2013. Top photographs will be chosen in three competition categories: ages 8-10, 11-14 and 15-18. Each student is allowed to submit up to two photos for this contest. To read all the rules, terms and legal conditions associated with this contest, visit our website at www.Treasurer.Il.Gov.

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