Above: Eggs in a basket. An everyday subject turned into a striking shot by farmer Thomas Martin, Andreas, Isle of Man, who wins £10.
Right: This turkey, as grave and imperious as any high-court judge, won the section and £100 for Duns, Berwickshire farm worker Jim Wilson.
Below right: A sight to gladden the heart of any arable farmer. Crop off, fields pulled up, everything ready for the long pull towards the happy day when all is drilled up. This Hants scene wins £10 for Steve Frost, Havant, Hants.
Below: We had several lambing shots this year, but this was the best. It wins £10 for Maggie Graham, Leominster, Herefordshire.
Left: Combines unloading are a frequent target for the amateur photographers camera, but theres still scope to take a refreshingly different one, as this shot by Anthony Sanger-Davies, Evesham, Worcs proves. It wins him the category and £100.
Right: This horizon-spanning photograph of a rainbow over rape wins £10 for student Sarah Miller, Nairn, Scotland.
Far right: A sight to gladden any tractor-makers heart. Four ploughs and a brace of power harrows make short work of a field and win £10 for Godfrey Broughton, a tractor driver from Tealby, Market Rasen, Lincs.
We had a bumper crop of entries for the 1998
FW photographic competition and judging was a
tougher-than-usual task. There were six categories –
arable, general, livestock, humour, children and nature.
Over the following four pages weve laid out the six winners
as well as another 15 entries that the judges decided
were too good not to publish in the magazine
Left: "Its a boy!" says the caption on this one. It was taken by Ken Donald, who farms at West Rounton, Northallerton, N Yorks and it won him the humour award and £100. Esther Rantzen would have liked it, too.
Top right: Whoever invented the round bale can also take credit for providing a wonderful medium through which farmers and farm workers can express a wry sense of humour. The judges liked this wrapped bale heap for its range of expressions and Marion Poole, Taunton, Devon, wins £10 as a result.
Middle right: Hens again, this time an individual adventurer busily employed inside an old Deosan bucket. It wins £10 for farmers wife Sue Milverton, North Petherton, Bridgwater, Somerset.
Bottom right: Sniffing the spring air. This faintly surreal photograph wins £10 for stockperson Elizabeth Lavers, Watlington, Oxon.
Above: This section traditionally attracts the biggest and most technically proficient photos and is always difficult to judge. After some debate our judges chose this striking picture of a leveret. It wins £100 for farm worker Jim Wilson, Duns, Berwickshire.
Right: We always get a few snow-shots, but this was a particularly crisp one. It wins £10 for Peter Hodgkinson, Everdon, Northants.
Middle right: Would that all our photos might turn out like this! Richard Becker, a dairy farmer from Crawley Down, W Sussex, took this pin-sharp picture of a cats ear in bloom. He gets £10.
Far right: Something to remind you of summers gone and summers yet to come. This nicely-coloured picture of poppy heads wins £10 for Steve Frost, Havant, Hants.
Right: These sheep, making their circular way through the snow, won the category and £100 for Mark Dunscombe, Keith, Banffshire.
Left: Farm animals poking their heads through barn doors, windows, fences, cat-flaps etc are a popular target for FW readers cameras. This was a particularly nice one and wins £10 for Broughton, Chester farmer Derek Rowlands.
Far left: This nicely in-your-face picture (which presumably put the photographer in imminent danger of a wet porcine embrace) wins £10 for
Anthony Sanger-Davies, Evesham, Worcs.
Above: The children category, perhaps not surprisingly, always receives more entries than any other, and its never easy to choose between the many shots of small children and small animals. This picture of a boy and lamb was the judges choice and wins student Helen Hull, Sydling St Nicholas, Dorchester, Dorset £100.
Top left: This beautifully coloured picture of boy and captive hen wins £10 for farmers wife Elizabeth Rogers, Truro, Cornwall.
Left: Now where are those sheep? This portrayal of youthful sheepmanship wins David Connell, Inverurie £10.
Below right: Perhaps next year we should have a separate category entitled Strange Places around Farms where Small Children Choose to Sleep, because we always get a lot of photographs of just that. This one, which shows a relaxed boy but faintly uncertain-looking jack russell, was the nicest of the bunch and wins £10 for farmers wife DE Carnie, Melksham, Wilts.