One of my cowboy photos of mine was named "Photo of the Year" by the American Agricultural Editor's Association (AAEA) and I was named "Emerging Photographer of the Year" by the association at an awards ceremony last evening in St. Louis, Missouri.
The "Photo of the Year" award was selected from an article published in summer 2015 issue of RANGE Magazine. Called Salt and Pepper the photo depicts a herd of black Angus and Charolais being herded in the Bear Paw Mountains south of Chinook, Montana. The award was selected from 600 entries by agricultural photojournalists from across the country.
In addition to "Photo of the Year" I was also honored as "Emerging Photographer of the Year" by the AAEA. I submitted three photos that appeared in the July 25, 2015 issue of the Great Falls Tribune. The photos in that issue featured Montana cowboys in celebration of the 2015 National Day of the Cowboy.
I also received two other first place awards in two other categories, three second place awards, and two honorable mentions.
The awards were presented yesterday (July 26, 2016) at the Ag Media Summit in St. Louis, Missouri, which is the largest meeting in the United States of the agricultural industry’s top writers, editors, photographers, publishers and agricultural communications specialists. It is a joint meeting of the AAEA, Livestock Publications Council, and American Business Media Agri-Council.
This is the second honor I have received in as many weeks. Two weeks ago I was awarded the 2016 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) DeLaval Star Prize for Photography in Bonn, Germany. It was the first time an American had received the award in 14 years.
It's really been an exciting two weeks. I couldn't be happier knowing my photos of Montana agriculture were recognized by my peers.