Harvest photo comp: Win your place on FW’s front cover

Harvest is a particularly photogenic time of year and with combines rolling through winter barley and oilseed rape, many farmers are grabbing pictures on their phones and cameras.

So if you have captured an image of harvest 2016, Farmers Weekly has a great opportunity for you – we are offering readers the chance to see one of their harvest photographs on the front cover of the magazine.

Harvest with dark skies

Picture by CJB Contracting

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this unique prize is upload your shots of the summer season to our Harvest 2016 photo gallery.

It could focus on the crop, the combines, a tractor, people hard at work or perhaps a more unusual aspect. Basically, we are looking for a snap that captures the spirit of this year’s harvest.

How to enter

  • Upload pictures to the Harvest 2016 photo gallery
  • Remember to include a little bit of information about where it was taken and what was happening.
  • The ideal file size for pictures is between 0.5MB and 4MB.
  • Uploading pictures is quick and simple. If you need any additional help, however, there are some easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions

Early reports suggest the word “disappointing” sums up the harvest experience for many, but as farmers move into winter wheat, some are more optimistic about the prospects. 

See also: French farmers hit by wheat yields catastrophe

The winning picture will be the main image on a cover of Farmers Weekly towards the end of the summer or in the early autumn.

We will announce a closing date later in the summer (it depends on how early or late harvest is), but when we spot the perfect picture we will use it – so don’t take too long to share your entries.

The picture at the top of this article is just one of the many Farmers Weekly readers have already shared. Loaded into the gallery by FWi user “CJB Contracting”, it shows a combine “racing to snatch some Concerto under a moody sky” in Norfolk.

Tips on taking a potential cover shot

  • Have a look at the sort of pictures that usually appear on the front cover of Farmers Weekly.
  • Close-ups can often work better than long-distance, pastoral shots.
  • Give some thought to the composition, as we will need a picture that is – or can be cropped to become – a square shape.
  • The picture would also need a little space on it for us to add some coverlines (the words that you see on any cover of Farmers Weekly).
  • We are particularly keen on photos featuring combines/tractors or other machinery.
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