Farmers Weekly has launched its annual Harvest Highlights photo competition, giving you the chance to see one of your photographs on the front cover of the magazine.


All you’ve got to do is send us your best photos of the 2011 harvest, either by emailing them or uploading them directly to our Harvest Highlights photo gallery (www.fwi.co.uk/harvestpictures2011). We’ll be looking for a snap that captures the spirit of this year’s harvest experience, whether it focuses on the crop, the combines, a tractor, people hard at work, or a more unusual aspect of the season.The winning picture will be chosen by our picture editor, Jodie Deakin, and will appear on a cover of Farmers Weekly towards the end of the summer. There’s no particular closing date, but when we spot the right picture we’ll use it, so don’t take too long to send in your entries.

Last year’s winner, 14-year-old Seb Young, beat hundreds of hopefuls to see his photo (pictured) of a Claas Lexion 570+tt combining a field of Claire winter wheat gracing the front cover of the magazine.

“It is worth looking at the sort of pictures that usually appear on the front of Farmers Weekly,” said Jodie. “Close-ups can often work better than long-distance shots. The key thing is to think of the composition, as we will need a picture that either is – or can be cut to become – a square shape and has a little space on it for us to add some cover lines (these are the words that you’ll see on any cover of Farmers Weekly).

“The most important thing is that it captures the spirit of harvest. Distant ‘pastoral’ shots don’t tend to work – we’re particularly looking for photos featuring combines/tractors and/or people – ideally working.”

Pictures also need to be of high enough resolution for us to print, but please keep files under 4MB.


How to enter

Either email your pictures to fwfarmlife@rbi.co.uk or upload them direct to the Harvest Highlights photo gallery. Remember to attach a little bit of information about where it was taken and what’s happening in the pictures.