“Hold Still,” is the winner of both the Best of Show and People’s Choice awards in the 2021 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest. Doing the branding is Billy Fields. (HOLLY BROWN PHOTO)

Holly Brown’s photos rise to the top of 900 entries in statewide contest

“Snow Queen” – honorable mention in the Pride of the Farm category. Snow was falling when Holly Brown snapped the shutter. (HOLLY BROWN PHOTO)

“Workin’ Time” – honorable mention in The Farmer’s Life category. Abbi Menz and her horse are the subjects. (HOLLY BROWN PHOTO)

Passion for farm life and photography make her a natural to win the annual Missouri Ag contest

Holly Brown, winner of the 2021 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest, has loved taking pictures of animals since she was a kid.

She remembers going through one disposable camera after another taking pictures of her dogs while growing up in Scammon, Kan. Fortunately, despite the cost of getting all those pictures printed, Holly’s mother didn’t discourage her hobby.

Today, Holly lives with her husband, Nathan, and their four children on a secluded farm northeast of Oronogo, so it was natural for her to enter the agriculture photo contest.

She had initial success by winning one of the categories last year. It made her determined to do better this year – and she certainly did.

“Hold still,” her photo of friend Billy Fields branding a cow, actually won the top two awards this year, Best of Show and People’s Choice. 

And two of her other photos received honorable mention – “Workin’ Time” in The Farmer’s Life category, and “Snow Queen” in the Pride of the Farm category.

Holly’s three photos rose to the top of 900 entries submitted by amateur photographers around the state.

Danny DeVito, dressed up above for the Fourth of July, is no question Holly Brown’s favorite in the corral. (HOLLY BROWN PHOTO)

For the pure fun of photography, though, Holly will say her favorite subject is Danny DeVito, a small mule she says is like a dog. “He loves cameras” and doesn’t mind being dressed up on occasion, as he was on the Fourth of July.

Nathan, arranged a trade to have Danny join their farm family and thrill his wife. “He was the best birthday present ever,” says Holly.

Danny’s quite a character. He likes to tease the six horses he’s corralled with and as they chase him he’s short enough to duck under the electric fence that keeps them at bay.

Holly is beginning to turn her passion for photography into a business.

She sells canvas prints and shows her pictures on Facebook and Instagram (mid.westernmama).

All of the Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest winners can be seen on Flickr.

Holly Brown and her own picture-worthy family, Ily, Brody, Holly, Nathan, Rowdy and Aubrey.