Number of antique farm equipment shows held annually in the U.S.: 1,400.
Number of Farm Collector editorial staffers available to cover shows: 1.
Okay: I like a challenge! I don't mind working hard! I love to travel! But when you're one person facing a hobby that reaches into every corner of the country, you start feeling a bit like Hercules squaring off against the nine-headed Hydra. So, working like the one-minute manager, I'm delegating.
Now it's your turn to man the camera. It's easy: Just frame the shots, take a few notes, then send it all to me. We'll pick the top shots, and print as many of your photos from the 2005 show season as we have space for.
Your Assignment: We're looking for shots of what you liked best, whether it's a display of regional engines, or oddball tractors, or a spark show. We're especially keen on photos that show people having fun, unusual collectibles, local color, out-of-the-ordinary exhibits and demonstrations. We're interested in geography: If you feel your area is underrepresented in these pages, here's your chance to stake a claim!
Technical Details: First, we're looking for photos that are in focus and well-lit. We can work with prints or digitals; if you send digital images, they must be shot at the highest resolution possible (at least 300 dpi) or our printer will turn thumbs down. We need basic information, but keep it brief! Provide names of people and equipment. Tell us when and where the photo was taken, as well as the name of the show. Tell us what you like about the photo. Be sure to provide the name of the photographer, and provide your email address or phone number, in case we need to contact you.
The Harsh Realities: We can't publish all the photos you send. You'll have to trust us to pick the best. And we can't return all those photos, so if you send a print, make a copy to keep. Send the photos to Farm Collector Show Photos, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609.
Your deadline is Nov. 1. We'll publish the photos in the February issue of Farm Collector. We'll include the information you provide, and give you credit for your photography. And in the dead of winter, we'll all share a smile as we turn the pages and recall what fun we had last summer.
Leslie McManus, Editor