7 Tips on How To Win Our Photo Contest

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Ever wonder what it takes to be a photo contest winner? Ready to fire up your digital flash and head off in search of the prize-winning photo?

Well, hang on just a minute. Last year’s Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Photo Contest was another record-breaking year, with more than 1,500 submissions received – so you’ve got to admit that winning is not going to be a piece of cake. That’s why we thought we’d offer some inside advice from our panel of experts, all editors with Home & Farm’s publisher, Farm Flavor Media.

As past judges, they’re aware of the talents of the Farm Bureau members – they’ve seen everything from good to bad, from brilliant to boring. Whether or not you plan to enter the contest – which is already up and running and continues through July 31 – our panel offers some professional perspectives on how to make your bad photos better and your good photos great.

Enter the Photo Contest here.

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You don’t need a professional camera

First, it’s not necessary to buy an extravagant, expensive camera. A simple point-and-shoot camera should do just fine, or even your mobile phone. Just make sure your photo doesn’t have any filters over them.

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  1. Alex

    November 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Can you please tell me how to enter the TN Farm Bureau Photo Contest. When will the next one be, and when photo’s are accepted? Thank you so much!

    -Alex Pope

  2. Jade

    December 1, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Is it ok if the pictures are off your cell phone? Because i have so many pictures that are amazing and i didnt mean for them to be…i like to take pictures of nature, and i think its so much fun when you accidently get a absolutel beautiful picture!! I really wanna enter the contest!! (March right??)
    -Crimson Jade Sutphin

    • Jessy Yancey

      December 3, 2010 at 11:04 am


      It really depends on the quality of your cell phone camera. Most cell phone cameras do not have the capabilities (the megapixels) to shoot high-resolution photography. In order to be printed in our magazine, our photo contest winners need to be high resolution, at least 4×6 inches at 300dpi.


  3. Cynthia Bellacome

    February 4, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Good Morning!
    Could you tell me when the submissions for the next photo contest will be accepted?
    Thank You –
    C. Bellacome

    • Jessy Yancey

      February 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

      Hi Cynthia,

      The next Tennessee Farm Bureau photo contest will be announced in our Spring issue, which arrives in homes by March 1. You’ll also see an announcement on this website, so please keep checking back!

      Jessy Yancey
      managing editor

  4. kaylie moses

    November 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    haha im gonna winnn!!!!!!

  5. Lorraine Lamb

    June 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I cant find the site to enter this years photo contest 2012

  6. Kitty

    February 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I no longer receive the magazine..since changing insurance…Is it still possible for me to enter the TN Farm Bureau photo contest?..I hate miss out on this.

    • Jessy Yancey

      February 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Kitty,

      Sorry, but the photo contest is for Farm Bureau members only.

      Jessy Yancey
      Tennessee Home & Farm

  7. Shanan Campbell

    April 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I am trying to enter a photo in each category, twice, when I hit enter, nothing happens. Can you please let me know if you have received entries?

    • Rachel Bertone

      April 25, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Hi Shanan,

      Yes, we’ve received your photos. Thanks for entering! Good luck!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, TN Home and Farm

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