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Guild Photography Award

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The Guild’s Photography Award recognises excellence in the composition, content and technical aspects of photographing agricultural and other rural subjects.

Members can enter one image per category and an overall winner will be selected from the winning category entries to receive the perpetual President’s Trophy.

Arable Category

Entry deadline: To be confirmed

Entry details here

DuPontDuPont Agriculture is involved with agricultural products that help farmers succeed. The company brings innovative science and solutions to meet the challenges faced by farmers today and in the future. Its mission is to bring agricultural products, from seeds to crop protection, which deliver higher crop yields and better crop quality.


Livestock Category

Entry deadline: To be confirmed

Entry details here

MF logoMassey Ferguson is one of the world’s leading tractor brands with more than 160 years of innovation and experience and a range in the UK spanning 19hp compacts to 400hp full-size tractors. New models from the MF Global Series bring the benefits of modern design and manufacturing technologies to the livestock sector.


International Award

Guild members can also have a go at winning a prize for their artistic talents by entering the IFAJ Star Prize for Agricultural Photography.

John DeereSponsored by Deere & Co, manufacturer of John Deere agricultural equipment, there are three categories – People, Production and Nature/landscape – with a €250 prize for category winners plus €500 for the overall winner.

Visit the IFAJ contest's webpage for details.



Livestock Photography Award 2017

Cairngorm Reindeer Farm

The Massey Ferguson Livestock Photograph Award went to Farmers’ Guardian’s Marcello Garbagnoli for his picture of a reindeer, which the judges commended for: “great light and composition, well exposed and technically very well executed - a clear winner”.

husband Richard Nixon, sheep dog Roy and some of our Blackface sheep and lambs

Runner up was freelance Elidh MacPherson for her picture of her husband on a quadbike driving sheep through a gateway. The judges praised its “crisp lighting, pin-sharp focus on the subject and beautiful colour”.

Other entries are shown below:

Oxford Sandy & Black

Highland cow


Belted Galloway cow

Sheepdog bringing in the cows for the evening milking, Heversham, Milnthorpe, Cumbria

Two springer spaniels,

Carry on grazing

Scottish native breeds at heart of Balmoral estate

Big Brother watches Lambing Live

Limousin bull standing in upland pasture, overlooking the Eden Valley, Cumbria.

Swaledale Ewe on heather covered moorland in North Derbyshire





Arable Photography Award 2017


Generously sponsored by DuPont Agriculture, the Guild's 2017 Arable Photography Award was presented at the Cereals 2017 event at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire.

The winner was John Eveson for his picture (above) titled Testing a Kverneland plough, published in Farmers Guardian in December 2016.

Judges said: "This shot has great composition – the combination of colours and the balance of elements makes for a striking and attention-grabbing image, which transforms an otherwise everyday activity and sight into something with a great deal more appeal.

"John's technical skill makes the most of the difficult lighting and achieves correct exposure across the shot, as well as securing the detail-filling depth-of-field within the image.

"It has a good balance of perspective, from the low angle shot, colourful with good contrast values and the operator is also looking to camera - or furrow."

Runner up was Oli Hill for his close-up picture of ADAS’s Bill Clark (left) examining a wheat plant for disease. It was published online in March 2017 as part of the Farmers Weekly Disease Force project.

Judges said: "Oli’s shot is immediately engaging and intriguing to make you ask what is going on and a good exposure.

"He has not only captured the rapt expression on Bill Clark’s face and his evident concentration, but also the framing of the shot – making the activity very clear.

"Good technical skill has ensured the detail in any part of the shot has not been lost due to over or under exposure."





The images below were also entered for the 2017 Arable photography award.


Livestock Photography Award 2016

The following images were entered for the 2016 Livestock photography award, sponsored by Massey Ferguson.

Marcello GarbagnoliWINNER - Marcello Garbagnoli

Marcello's photo "Colourful Sheep" was published in Farmers Guardian and he was commended by the judges for the excellent composition of the shot – and the juxtaposition of the different colours - which they said really make the photo come alive.

John EvesonRUNNER UP - John Eveson

John's photo "Leaping Lamb" was broadcast on the television programme Have I Got News For You and was described by the judges as a classic shot that any photographer would be proud of as it is perfectly composed and captured.


Arable Photography Award 2016 - Entries

The following images were entered for the 2016 Arable photography award, sponsored by DuPont Agriculture. The winners were presented with their prizes at the Guild's Cereals Event Bangers'n'Beer reception by Neil Beadle of DuPont, who is pictured with freelance photographer Tim Scrivener (left) and Farmers Weekly arable reporter Oli Hill (right).

2016 winners Tim Scrivener + Oli Hill with Neil Beadle

WINNER - Oli Hill

This photograph of a cabbage stem flea beetle on an oilseed rape seedling was described by the judges as a very topical picture which tells the story, adding that the simplest shots are often the best.


The judges liked the quirky angle and framing of this shot, taken at the 2015 Cereals Event, along with the fact that it had been technically well-executed. 




Livestock Photography Award 2015 - Entries

The following images were entered for the 2015 Livestock photography award, sponsored by St David’s Poultry Team.

WINNER - John Eveson

John’s photo was taken at the Hawes sheepdog sale in North Yorkshire, was published in Farmers Guardian. The judges said the image was a well-framed and expertly captured shot. It included all the elements of hill farming – dog, black-face sheep, dry stone walls and snow – to make it worthy of first place. 

sheepdog sale

RUNNER UP - Marcello Garbagnoli

Marcello's picture of Highland cattle was also published in Farmers Guardian. The windswept yet majestic cattle depicted in the photograph underlines why and how our livestock breeds thrive best in their own specific environments, said the judges.

windswept highlands




great escape


free ranger


girl and pig 

outside sheep


Arable Photography Award 2015 - Entries 

The following images were entered for the 2015 Arable photography awards, sponsored by DuPont Agriculture.

WINNER - Tim Scrivener, freelance

Judges described this photo – of harvesting barley in Lincolnshire – as nicely framed and well shot, with good depth of field and attention to exposure.

They said Tim's photo encapsulated the typical British harvest – with the going down of the sun signalling the start of another shift for as long as the weather holds. The photo was published as a Farmers Weekly front cover in July 2014.

RUNNER UP - Chris McCullough

Judges said Chris's photo was well-balanced for light and composition, with a wonderful use of parallel use of parallel lines drawing the eye to the frozen movement of the grain.

They described it as a neat competition and frame-filling subject. Published in Farm Week in July 2014, it came a very close second.

perfect harvest

pulling power


the bigger the better

widlflower mix


Photography Award 2014 - Arable entries


The following images entered for the 2014 photography awards were judged by freelance photographer Jonathan Page, Adrian Bell for the Guild and (for their respective categories) award sponsors Neil Beadle, Du Pont and Jonathan Guy, JG Animal Health.

Marcello GarbagnoliWINNER - Marcello Garbagnoli, Farmers Guardian

The judges commented: Technically very good, with a strong image of the tractor. Vibrant colours, a good shooting angle and pin-sharp focus – all matched by the sense of concentration emanating from the driver.

BGAJ Arable 2014 - Marcello Garbagnoli

John EvesonRUNNER-UP - John Eveson, freelance

The judges commented: Technically strong, with a composition that works hard to draw the eye to the centre of the image.

BGAJ Arable 2014 - John Eveson

whole crop harvesting

 potato harvesting

barley old school harvesting



Photography Award 2014 - Livestock entries


The following images entered for the 2014 photography awards were judged by freelance photographer Jonathan Page, Adrian Bell for the Guild and (for their respective categories) award sponsors Neil Beadle, Du Pont and Jonathan Guy, JG Animal Health.

WINNER - John Eveson, freelanceJohn Eveson

Isle of Man

RUNNER-UP - Wayne Hutchinson, freelanceWayne Hutchinson



Titch (Hutch)


hen and highlander


solar sheep

wet range chicken


3 cattle breeds

ewes in bracken


Galloway cow and calf





Photography Award 2013 - Arable entries

The following images entered for the 2013 photography award were judged by Jodie Deakin, picture editor, Farmers Weekly Group; Steve Flanagan, Safagrow; and Adrian Bell of representing the Guild.

John EvesonWINNER - John Eveson, freelance

Steve Flanagan of Safagrow comments: "This is a quality photograph with excellent composisition and summarises the need for agriculture to work hand-in-hand with nature."

BGAJ Arable 2013 - winner - John Eveson

Marcello GarbagnoliRUNNER-UP - Marcello Garbagnoli, Farmers Guardian

One judge commented: "Modern kit, modern farming. Is the operator taking a break - or is he simply relying on the tractor's auto-steering system!?"

BGAJ Arable 2013 - runner-up - Mercello Garbagnoli

harvest at dusk

hauling rice in Kenya

girl sorting chaff

tractor with bales

high output harvesting


Tony Bambridge

loading milling wheat




Photography Award 2013 - Livestock entries

The following images entered for the 2013 photography award were judged by Jodie Deakin, picture editor, Farmers Weekly Group; Jonathan Guy, JG Animal Health; and Adrian Bell of representing the Guild.

Wayne HutchinsonWINNER - Wayne Hutchinson, freelance

Ram - Wayne Hutchinson

Bruce JobsonRUNNER-UP - Bruce Jobson, freelance

Cogent Aquila - Bruce Jobson


sheep on hillside

muddy pigs

rough fell sheep

Craig Grant

market day

show sheep

cattle in field

Blackwell turkeys



Five entries each were short-listed in the People and Landscape categories, six in the Livestock category and three in the Crops category of the 2010 photography contest by judges Stephen Howe, chairman of the Guild’s Charitable Trust and former editor of Farmers Weekly; honorary member Stephen Skinner, Farmers Club chief executive and secretary; and the 2009 overall prize winner, freelance photographer Wayne Hutchinson.

“The short-listed pictures, which were assessed for technical quality as well as the imagery they contained, covered a range of subject matters,” noted the judges. “This was evident from the display of prints mounted at the National annual meeting and Midlands conference, which attracted a lot of attention.”

Catherine Laurenson, staff photographer on The Scottish Farmer, did particularly well, taking the winning and runner-up slots in the Livestock and Landscape categories, as well as the runner-up position in the People category.

Fellow Guild member Marcello Garbagnoli, staff photographer on Farmers Guardian took the Crops category award and the overall runner-up prize with his image of ‘greening potatoes’.

But Joe Watson, agriculture editor of the Press & Journal, took the People category and the Overall win for his study of a blacksmith at work.

Category winners and runners-up:


Joe Watson

Winner: Joe Watson – Blacksmith at work. Published in the Press & Journal

Guild photo 2010 Watson

Runner-up: Catherine Laurenson – Final great buzz at Perth. Published in The Scottish Farmer

Guild photo 2010 Laurenson


Catherine LaurensonWinner: Catherine Laurenson – Blackie Tup. Published in The Scottish Farmer

Guild photo 2010 Laurenson 2

Runner-up: Catherine Laurenson – Limousin heifers. Published in The Scottish Farmer

Guild photo 2010 Laurenson 3


Marcello GarbagnoliWinner: Marcello Garbagnoli – Going green. Published in Farmers Guardian

Guild photo 2010 Garbagnoli

Runner-up: Andy Collings – Combines in Ireland. Published in Profi International

Guild photo 2010 Collings


Catherine LaurensonWinner: Catherine Laurenson - Between the harrow and the deep blue sea; power harrowing on Bute, published in The Scottish Farmer.

GAJ Photo 2010 Landscape winner

Runner-up: Catherine Laurenson - Counting the cost of continuing hill livestock decline, published in The Scottish Farmer.

GAJ Photo 2010 Landscape2


The Guild's revived photographic award attracted an encouraging entry of 60 images, more or less evenly divided between the four categories – People, Livestock, Crops and Landscape. They can all be seen by scrolling down to the Entries section at the bottom of this page.

Unknown to the judges, all the images chosen as the category winners were taken by the same photographer, giving Cumbrian freelance, Wayne Hutchinson, a remarkable clean-sweep!

The judges shortlisted several entries in each category from the Guild website and then assessed high resolution copies for technical quality as well as content and composition.

Nick Bond who, as deputy Chairman at the time, co-ordinated the judging process, said the judges had quite a task picking the category winners and an overall top image.

"All the images that made it into the shortlist were photographs that worked on various levels," said the judges. "The winners were very dynamic images that pulled the viewer into the subject matter."

In the People category, Wayne pipped freelance journalist Neil Ryder to the winner's certificate, while in the Livestock section, Farmers Guardian photographer Marcello Garbagnoli’s uplands farming scene was runner up.

Press & Journal farming editor Joe Watson was awarded the second-spot prize in the Crops category for a study of onions, while Mike Ashton's flood scene brought him the runner up certificate in the Landscape category.

Joe's onions were deemed worthy of the runner up prize overall but, needless to say, one of Wayne's images – showing leaves being plucked from a maize cob – was judged the overall winner (right).

Wayne received his multitude of certificates, and the President's Award for Best Photograph, at the Guild's Royal Show awards evening party - see report under Events.

"We're delighted at the number of Guild members who made the effort to enter this revived competition and the way it showcased the outstanding talent they possess," says Nick Bond. "The winning images will be displayed on The Farmers Club stand at the Royal Show and possibly at other events through the year."

Judges for this year's competition were Guild President, Margaret, the Countess of Mar; Steven Skinner, chief executive of The Farmers Club; and Julian Rodriguez, Dean of the School of Media at the London College of Communication.




Sponsored by Du Pont

  • Click here to see entries in the People category
  • Click here to see entries in the Landscape category
  • Click here to see entries in the Livestock category
  • Click here to see entries in the Crops category

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