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Winners of the Agriculture Abroad Photo Contest were chosen April 17 at the International Agriculture Day celebration, sponsored by UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The contest showcases photographs taken by students on an academic or personal trip that exemplify their perceptions of agriculture outside the United States.

Dung Tran, a doctoral student in the CAES Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, won first place with her photo “Happy H’Mong Farmer in the Corn Field.” Tran, who worked in plant conservation in Vietnam, took the photo on a seed collecting trip.

Each family in this region of the country grows their own heirloom corn variety, Tran said. The farmer in the photo took Tran into her family’s field to collect seeds from her family’s variety of sticky corn.

Other students recognized in the photo contest were Sujata Bogati, a master’s student in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, with her second-place photo “Agriculture in the Mountain Regions,” and Lauren Rutledge, an undergraduate student in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, with her third-place photo “Cacao? More like CaWOW!”

Rounding out the top five were Amanda Olbrick Marabesi, a master’s student in Agricultural and Environmental Education, with “You Reap What You Sow,” and Kendall Sewell, an undergraduate student in Environmental Economics and Management, with “Return to the Valley.” Entries were judged by faculty, staff, students and guests at CAES International Agriculture Day.