FW unveils harvest cover competition winner

Thanks to everyone who’s shared pictures in our online Harvest Highlights gallery. Every one of the 1,200-plus was considered for our front cover competition. Here, Tim Relf presents the winner and a few of the others that captured the judge’s eye

Top shot… This great image (right) was taken by Marc Epstein. A GP in rural Norfolk, Marc took it at about 6.30pm with a Canon 500D at his father-in-law’s place, Hamilton Farms, in East Lothian. Marc’s always been interested in photography, but has got more serious in the past five years. “There was a nice light and the combines had cut about half the field, so there was still some standing crop in the foreground,” he says. The image is featured on the cover of this week’s Farmers Weekly.


Bird’s eye view… Ian Doig is pictured combining Einstein wheat at Tacolneston, Norfolk, by his son-in-law Gavin Bromley using an unmanned aerial vehicle. “He had asked us to come over and take some shots of the combining, as he thought an aerial shot would look quite impressive, and he was indeed correct,” says Gavin. “That particular shot is quite a nice one as it really gives a unique perspective on harvesting and captures not just what’s going on and what’s been done, but what’s left to do also.”


A cab with a view… Combining Cassia winter barley at West Ashford Barton near Barnstaple, Devon, as seen through the lens of Kate Court. The crop was coming in about 8.6t/ha and 14.5%.


The night shift… Alex Winslade, a 22-year-old student at Oxford Brookes University, had a camera in the cab while doing his summer job for PS Matthews Agricultural Contractors.


On top of the world… Harvest at the Ashcombe Estate in South Devon. The photograph taken by Ralph Rayner, whose family has owned the estate since 1932.


On the up…  Cutting wheat with a John Deere 9780i in West Somerset – as seen through the lens of James Brereton.

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