National Crop Insurance Services Sponsors Drought Photo Contest to Raise Awareness of Farmers' PlightTue, 28 Aug 2012 14:55:41 CDT
A couple of generations ago, photographers commissioned by the Farm Services Administration fanned out across the country to document the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Such devastating weather-related events can affect people all across the globe and those images recorded by the likes of Dorothea Lange and Arthur Rothstein still speak to us to this day.
The current drought blanketing the United States has the potential to be such a life-changing event. In an attempt to raise awareness about the severity of the situation, and the importance of strong farm policy in a time like this, the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS)-a coalition of the nationís crop insurance companies-has taken to Facebook and Twitter to host a 90-day photo contest, featuring real drought photos.
The group has asked farmers and ranchers from across the country to submit photos portraying the severity of the consequences these unpredictable weather conditions can impose on our nationís farm families. They donít have to be pretty-just real.
At the close of the contest, the top three photos will be ranked and awarded prizes, including a new iPad and a $500 Visa gift card.
Those interested in this project should follow NCIS on Twitter and Facebook to upload photos and vote on favorites. To view the official contest rules, click here.
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