This summer, we asked you to show us what renewal looks like in your community through the Renew
Rural America photo contest. It was a lofty goal, but one you reached handily. Read more about the
winners (tough choices!) in each category.
You can see all the entries at the photo group the Center has set up on the photo sharing site,
In this category, we were looking for photos that tell the story of the renaissance happening in
rural agriculture: Diversification, sustainable farming, local marketing, value-added products and
the likes. The winning photo came from Nanette Day of an organic farm in Tilden, Nebraska.
Day describes the farm as home to “all sorts of veggies, grapes and berries, and flowers … and
this year trying to raise 12 ducks."
|Winning agriculture photo by Nanette Day, Tilden, Nebraska.
Community Development Winner
In the Community Development category, we asked to see what positive change looks like in your
community. Winner Shirley Weeding captured that in a photo of a wind farm owned by farmers in Grant
County, Minnesota. Weeding wrote: “This is just another way the small communities are striving to
stay viable and also help the environment.”
Small Business Winner
In this category, we wanted to see creativity. Franklin B. Thompson captured the winning photo at
“Pop’s Place” in Alma, Kansas. Thompson wrote: “What a wonderful way to recycle a deserted old
gasoline station. Judging from chalk graffiti on the sidewalks surrounding Pop’s Place, the local
youth approve highly.”
In the youth category, for shutterbugs under the age of 18, the winning photo of a community parade
came from the Superior FFA Chapter in Superior High School in Nebraska.
|Winning small business photo by Franklin B. Thompson. Photo of Pop's Place in Alma, Kansas.