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Lorne McClinton receives IFAJ Star Prize for Photography

For Immediate Release

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Addy Rossi, Secretary-General, IFAJ:

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OLDS, ALBERTA, Canada (July 2, 2023)—The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) awarded its IFAJ Star Prize for Photography to Ontario-based Lorne McClinton of The Furrow. The award was announced at the IFAJ World Congress in Olds, Alberta, Canada on July 2, 2023.

McClinton’s winning photo won the contest’s People category with “Peak Season for Wendy Hogarth and Murray Johnson, Owners of Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery in Bala, Ontario.” One judge wrote, “great choice to shoot from above…the flood of colour and texture is nice, too.”

It was then selected as the contest’s Grand Prize winner from an outstanding group of category winners.

Lisa Alexander of Australia won the Landscape category for the dazzling drone shot “The Channel Country Comes Alive,” which one judge applauded by writing, “what an amazing capture of light, colour, and nature.”

Harlen Persinger of the United States received a Runner-Up nod in the Landscape category for “Prairie Roots.” Wrote one judge, “beautiful still life old farm scene, great composition.”

Martha Mintz of the United States was named Runner-Up for People for “Cowboy Kids Come Tough.” One judge was delighted:  “you captured a good action moment—he’s still holding the rope!”

Juergen Schmuecking of Austria won the Production category with “Harvest in the Caribbean,” which one judge applauded for “beautiful texture of the cane and the colour.”

ShayLe Stewart of the United States was honored with a Runner-Up prize for Production photo for “Spring 2022 Storm.” “Love the contrast and abstract shape the poor cows make,” wrote one judge.

The Star Prize award recognizes excellence in reporting on agricultural topics around the world.

“Photography has an emotional and intellectual impact that is immediate, which makes it such a powerful tool for telling agriculture’s story,” noted Adalberto Rossi, IFAJ secretary-general. “As winner of the IFAJ Star Prize, Lorne can truly say that his work is the best in the world.”

Judges of the Star Prize for Photography competition included Johnnie Belinda Cluff of New Zealand, Kurt Lawton of the United States, and Janice Thoroughgood of Canada.

For details on the other 2023 IFAJ Star Prize winners, visit

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The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) represents more than 5,000 communicators in 61 countries who support freedom of the press. IFAJ gives agricultural journalists and communicators a platform for professional development and international networking. For more information, visit