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  • Megan Silveira, associate editor

NJAA/Angus Journal Photography Contest Returns

Talent behind the camera lens recognized at NJAS. 

The Showdown in Madtown isn’t just going to be about the quality black-hided cattle National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members parade around the show ring. While there’s an art to getting a calf fit up and presented right, the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) emphasizes a variety of creative talents and skills with its many contests. 

Once again, the NJAA/Angus Journal Photography contest returns to the lineup of summer competitions. The event is designed to help young Angus breeders perfect another set of communications skills, as they use their creative eye to capture images that convey deeper messages and feelings. 

Junior, intermediate and senior NJAA members can enter four separate categories: Angus Cattle, Angus People, Angus Landscape, and Around the Farm or Ranch. All categories except Around the Farm or Ranch must feature Angus cattle as a main component of the image. 

Top photos will be recognized from each age division within the category in addition to overall images being recognized. 

Important details

A panel of qualified judges selected by the American Angus Association will critique the images submitted. Evaluations are made with 60% based on creativity (communication power, composition, etc.) and 40% based on technical quality (proper light exposure, true color, sharp focus, correct cropping, etc.).

The top three winners of each category in each age division will receive a custom print of their winning photo. All photos will be displayed at the NJAS, and winners will be recognized at the awards ceremony, set for July 5. As space allows, top images will also be printed in the Angus Journal’s coverage of the NJAS in the September issue. 

Entries are due May 25 and should be submitted electronically through the AAA Login Online Contest Portal. A link is available in the “Contest” section of the NJAA website, which can be found at Complete guidelines for the contest can be found  

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