The CWB today announced the winners of its annual crop-year calendar photography contest. Raewyn Wiebe from Langley, BC took the grand-prize winning black-and-white photo of her late father, Wayne Schnee, showing a new barn kitten to his two grandchildren.
“Every finalist in our calendar contest would have been a worthy winner,” said David Burrows, CWB vice-president of communications and government relations. “Raewyn captured the joy of her father who, despite the demands of farm work, took time to share a special moment with his family. Her winning image speaks to the heart of this year’s theme – ‘All in a day’s work’.”
The theme gave photographers a chance to showcase the day-to-day workings of rural life. The theme for next year’s calendar will be “A slice of life”, reflecting favourite memories, experiences or times. Now is the time for Prairie photographers to start shooting entries for the 2011-12 calendar. Entries must be postmarked between Jan. 1 and April 15, 2011.
This year, the CWB received more than 405 entries from 103 photographers from all across Western Canada. All winning photos appear in the 2010-11 crop year calendar. The calendar is being sent to farmers across the Prairies with the current issue of Grain Matters, the CWB’s bi-monthly farmer publication.
Wiebe will receive the grand prize of a $500 photo store gift certificate. Sixteen other prizes of $50 certificates were awarded. Two participants – Mickey Watkins and Norris Hogg – received prizes for two different winning photos. Winners were chosen by members of the CWB in-house graphic design team.
The photo winners are:
- Kristyn Klassen from Austin, MB for her photo of a boy and his dad
- Mike Tatarynovich from Crooked River, SK for his photo of men taking a break
- Stan Wiebe from MacGregor, MB for his photo of a man cleaning his combine
- Raewyn Wiebe from Langley, BC for her photo of kids with a new kitten
- Mickey Watkins from Aylesbury, SK for her photos of a combine harvesting sunflowers and two-men discussing a grain elevator demolition
- Vanessa Paslawski from Weyburn, Sk for her photo of a woman making perogies
- June Winter from Burstall, SK for her photo of a boy peeking through a fence
- Lori Ann Frey from Watrous, SK for her photo of a yard light and farm truck
- Bonnie Potoroka from Goodeve, SK for her photo of a man welding
- Lorne Letkeman from Portage la Prairie, MB for his photo of a bee on a flower
- Darla Gallant from Watson, SK for her photo of a boy and his wagon
- Norris Hogg from Huxley, AB for his photo of a tractor and his photo of four combines
- Jim Schmidt from Lacombe, AB for his photo of a child and his horse
- Joan Airey from Rivers, MB for her photo of a man working on his combine
- Donna Evans from Turtleford, SK for her photo of a tractor hauling hay
Controlled by western Canadian farmers, the CWB is the largest wheat and barley marketer in the world. One of Canada’s biggest exporters, the Winnipeg-based organization sells grain to more than 70 countries and returns all revenue, less marketing costs, to farmers.
For more information, please contact:
CWB media relations manager
Tel: (204) 983-3101
Cell: (204) 223-4281