Published on 16th June 2019
Farmers Guardian photographer Marcello Garbagnoli (above left) has won the Guild's 2019 arable photography award, sponsored by crop protection specialist FMC.
Marcello won the £750 prize for his shot of a McCormick X8 tractor drilling wheat, which was published in the Farmers Guardian in November 2018.
Judges said they liked the “crisp lines, attention-grabbing composition and vibrant colours – not to mention shiny new kit – which give this shot instant kerb appeal".
They added: "Everywhere you look in this image there’s detail and interest, from the early autumn colours of the hedgerow to the cultivation patterns of the background field.”
Marcello's accomplished picture (below) was “well composed – the use of a low angle and a long lens draws the viewer into the image.”
The runner-up award and prize of £250 was won by John Eveson (pictured top right) for his picture of last year’s Cereals Event, also published in Farmers Guardian.
Judges praised the composition and tight cropping, filling the frame with people and flags portraying a busy trade event.
They described John's photo (below) as very well exposed, pin sharp when enlarged to 100% and full of saturated colours.
“With so many individual small conversations taking place in every part of the picture, this photo captures the busyness of a summer show or technical event so well.”