Photo Contest

2017 AMPI Members-only Photo Contest

Blooming flowers, a newborn calf, children playing on the farm — all are ideal shots for your AMPI Photo Contest entries. For the 2017 contest, winners in four seasonal categories — winter, spring, summer and fall — will each receive $100 in AMPI Bucks.

Thanks to advancements in technology, smartphones are now able to capture high-quality images at the size needed to be considered for the contest. The top photos will be published in the 2018 AMPI Calendar that will be distributed to all members during district meetings in November.

The deadline to submit photos is Sept. 4, but entries can be sent throughout the year to Nickie Sabo at


Submitting quality photos is key

  • Photo quality and sharp focus are major considerations when choosing winners. Digital files 1.5 MB or larger are needed as photos print at (and may need to be enlarged to) 11" wide by 9" tall in order to print well on a calendar page.
  • Digital entries submitted that do not meet the above file size requirements will not be considered for the contest.

Important Information

  • The contest deadline is midnight on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.
  • All submitted photos become property of AMPI.
  • To submit digital files:
    • Email photos to Nickie Sabo.  NOTE: files are not to exceed 10 mb per email. If sending large files, please send one at a time, or:
    • Upload images to a cloud-based file sharing system such as Dropbox and email the link to Nickie Sabo
  • Include the following information with your email:
    • Name:
    • Address:
    • Phone:
    • Field Rep:
    • Title of entry*:
    • Category:
    • Photo Caption*:
  • The information received with your email will serve as a permission slip to use your photo in printed materials and/or for advertising purposes.
  • No images will be returned.
  • *  The TITLE is usually a 2-5 word phrase such as “Snack time," "Spring reflections,” or "Spring will come!” that describes the photo. The CAPTION would be a further explanation of the image – something that might help the judges understand what’s happening in the photo. However, if your photo title does that job already, a further caption is not required.

Keep your camera nearby to snap the next winning shot!

CONGRATULATIONS to all who submitted winning photos in the 2016 AMPI Members-only Photo Contest! One photo was chosen as each Season Category Winner earning the photographers $100 in AMPI Bucks. They are:

  • Winter — Karen Simington, Cornell, Wis.
  • Spring — Jane Pederson, Westbrook, Minn.
  • Summer — Deb White, Clarksville, Iowa
  • Fall — Samantha Massmann, Osakis, Minn.

Additional AMPI members who had photos printed in the 2017 calendar are:

  • Linda Dickmann, Pierz, Minn.
  • Karla Geisler, Bruce, Wis.
  • Trudy Hanson, Elgin, Iowa
  • Nancy Harren, Eagle Bend, Minn.
  • Donna Hoeger, Earlville, Iowa
  • Bridget Hoffman, Chatfield, Minn.
  • Betsy Kasper, Owatonna, Minn.
  • Erin Meyer, Maynard, Iowa
  • Brittany Moorse, Minneota, Minn.
  • Christine Murphy, Farley, Iowa
  • Julie Peterson, Boyd, Wis.
  • Lisa Sampson, Worthington, Minn.
  • Michelle Schroeder, Courtland, Minn.
  • Dean Sellner, Sleepy Eye, Minn.
  • Dean Smith, Rushford, Minn.
  • Janell Westerman, Sauk Centre, Minn.
  • Val Zunker, Conrath, Wis.



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