Calendar Photo Contest

Each year Farmers & Merchants Bank holds our annual contest for amateur photographers to showcase the natural beauty of Rockingham, Shenandoah, Page, and Augusta counties during all seasons of the year. Over 169 local photos were entered in the contest during 2013, and it was quite a task to pick a grand prize winner and 12 monthly winners. Will have calendars available in our branches by December 1st, so stop by and take one home or simply enjoy the winning photos below.

On May 1 we will begin accepting entries for our 2015 calendar contest, with a final deadline of August 1, 2014.

ENTRY FORM & RULES: Click here for a downloadable entry form and complete instructions. (this is in .PDF format, and Adobe Acrobat Reader should open the document for you)

Photos & Captions - 2014 Calendar


Grand Prize - Calendar Cover:

Our grand prize winner of the 2014 F&M Calendar Photography Contest was David Storey of Port Republic, VA. Mr. Storey took this photo on Route 252 Middlebrook Road, in Middlebrook, VA.  In his words:

“I have traveled Route 252 in Augusta County many times as it is a beautiful country road with lots of photo possibilities at any time of the year.   One morning when it snowed, being a weekend, I thought of route 252 so my wife and I went to see what we could see and this photo was one of the many I took that day.   The water in the pond, in front of the barn, was warmer than the air that day, which gave the effect seen in the photo. 

I love taking pictures and seeing what I can find out there of interest.  I have a collection of about 4300 photographs since getting my Nikon D3000 about 3 years ago.”

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This beautiful photo of the historic A. Brubaker Farm was skillfully taken by Debbie Price of Luray, VA with her Nikon 5100 on a cold winter afternoon after an early morning snow. 

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This beautiful winter sunrise over Rion Farm was perfectly preserved by Jason Bear of Timberville, VA using his cell phone.  

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In the front yard of her home in McGaheysville, VA, Tiffany Knupp captured this delightful photograph of a House Finch with her Canon T1i in between volunteering at her children’s school and her church.

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These little eggs were found in the backyard of Chase Hale in Grottoes, VA, and captured with his iPhone.  Mr. Hale watched the baby birds hatch, grow, and eventually leave the nest.

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Joe Babcock of Woodstock, VA took this beautiful photo of one of two twin fawns with a Rebel 3TI when he and his daughter were riding around on a photo expedition. 



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Megan Babcock, a 12 year old resident of Woodstock VA, took this photo on Lake View Drive in Woodstock VA with her father’s Rebel camera.  She has a passion for photography that she shares with her father.



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Rosemary Liskey took this photo with a ten-year-old digital camera on her family farm.  Her escape is walking through her farm, checking on her cows, and getting to photograph beautiful scenes of nature.

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Patricia Dove, resident of College Street, Dayton is a retired medical secretary and a childcare provider.  She has enjoyed photography her whole life and shot this photo on the 4th of July with her Panasonic Lumix.

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Richard Sitorius of Luray, VA, always takes his Nikon D7000 with him when he drives around the Shenandoah Valley in case he comes across a scene like this one; beautiful foliage at a bridge on South Court Street in Luray, VA.


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Nancy Runion, past Calendar Photography Contest winner, took this photo on Atlantic Avenue in Broadway, VA.  She says, “I love photography, as everyone sees different things in each picture.

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Nancy Shrum, of Fort Valley, VA, took this photo with her Panasonic Lumix off a back road between Mt. Olive and Lebanon Church, VA. The natural and historic beauty of the Shenandoah Valley is her inspiration. 

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While sitting at his living room window, Wayne Pence of Port Republic, VA, took this photo of a female cardinal following the largest snowfall of the season. He shot this with a  Canon Power Shot SX40HS.

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Honorable Mentions:

Honorable Mention Back Cover Winner goes to Sheila Rush for this beautiful photo of the sun rising on one of the hottest days in the summer.  She took this photograph with her digital camera on her way to work in Maurertown, VA.




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