State treasurer will accept entries for Cream of the Crop Photo Contest

"Wheat Production" by Alec Shields of Carbondale was a first-place winner in the Illinois treasurer's annual photo contest. Entries can be submitted starting on Wednesday.

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will accept electronic submissions for the 2023 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest beginning Wednesday, March 22.

The contest is open to students ages 8 through 18.

The contest will allow students to showcase their most innovative or scenic pictures depicting their vision of agriculture in Illinois. The top photographs are being chosen from three age-based categories: ages 8 through 10, ages 11 through 14, and ages 15 through 18. Each student may submit up to two photos.

The winning photos will be featured in Ag Invest marketing material, next year’s Cream of the Crop calendar and at the 2023 Illinois State Fair. The deadline to enter the contest is Monday, June 12. To submit an entry, visit For information, visit or call 217-900-0075.

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