2013 Photo Contest Winner Captures Tennessee Spirit

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2013 Photo Contest Winner

Valerie Meadows of Adams, Tenn., has always loved the classic, red barn.

“We pass it all the time. We’ve even taken Christmas photos with the kids there,” she says. “We were driving by one day after a big storm, and I saw the rainbow and that blue sky. I made my husband pull over so I could take a photo. It was a chance happening, which usually make the best pictures.”

Meadows says the owners of the barn are family friends, and the quilts on the side are a big point of pride for them.

“Red barns are iconic on Tennessee farms, and the quilt patterns just really top it off for our state’s history,” Meadows says. “I tried to get the silos and corn in the photo, because I felt the rainbow symbolized the promise of a good crop.”

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When the Montgomery County Farm Bureau member found out she won, Meadows says she wondered if it was real. “I’ve never really entered my photos in anything and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it!’” she says. “I was surprised and honored.”

Judges of this year’s contest thought Meadows’ photo was a great representation of Tennessee, and her picture took the top prize. The photos on the following pages received top honors or honorable mentions.

Meadows had tough competition this year, as more than 2,100 entries were submitted by Farm Bureau members. Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next photo contest winner? Look for an entry form in our spring issue, arriving in mailboxes in February.

SEE MORE: 2013 Photo Contest Winners

SEE MORE: 2013 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

SEE MORE: 2013 Photo Contest Readers’ Choice Winners

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