STATESVILLE — Alvin Dixon of Piney Creek won first prize in the Carolina Farm Credit 2018 Photo Contest with his photo “Summer Harvest.”


Second place went to Brooke McMeans of Crumpler and her photo, “Sitting in Solitude.”


Courtney Blalock of Norwood won third place with her photo “sMOOch.”


The contest was judged by website visitors who were allowed to vote for their three favorite pictures, once a day from July 1-31. All three winners will be featured in the 2018 Carolina Farm Credit photo calendar.


Dixon received a cash prize of $300, and the second and third place winners received $200 and $100.


The winning photos along with the photos that were chosen for voting can be seen on Carolina Farm Credit’s website.


In all, more than 1,200 photos were submitted and over 12,500 votes were cast. This year’s collection of rural North Carolina photos includes images of kids on farms, farm animals, farm equipment, scenery and winter snow.


Carolina Farm Credit will begin accepting entries for the 2019 photo contest beginning in January 2019 at carolinafarmcredit.com.


Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 32 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.


For 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.


Carolina Farm Credit serves over 10,000 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.5 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in several cities, including Asheboro, Carthage, Ellerbe, Lexington and Siler City.