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Montana Photographer Wins Country Magazine Annual Photo Contest

October 24th, 2018

Montana Photographer Wins Country Magazine Annual Photo Contest

HARLAN, IOWA--A photo of a cowboy herding cattle in the Bear Paw Mountains by Montana photographer Todd Klassy won the 2016 Country Magazine's Country Life photo contest.

The photo, called Braving the Rain, shows Lael Barnett, of Havre, Montana working on the Hofeldt Ranch outside of Lloyd, Montana. Lael is riding his horse Maddie, and with the help of his dog Screech they were moving cattle along Hungry Hollow Road when the skies opened up and dumped sheets of rain.

Earlier the same photograph was awarded the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) DeLaval Star Prize for Photography at a ceremony in Bonn, Germany. It was the first time in more than 12 years an American won the contest. The photo has also been published in numerous magazines and even published by National Geographic.

Country magazine is considered one the most prestigious photo contests for rural lifestyle photographers in America. Klassy said he considers it an honor to...

Klassy Receives Photo Of The Year Award And Named Emerging Photographer Of The Year By AAEA

October 21st, 2018

Klassy Receives Photo Of The Year Award And Named Emerging Photographer Of The Year By AAEA

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI--A photo by Todd Klassy was named "Photo of the Year" and the Montana farm and ranch photographer was named "Emerging Photographer of the Year" by the American Agricultural Editor's Association (AAEA) at an awards ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri.

The "Photo of the Year" award was selected from an article published in summer 2015 issue of RANGE Magazine. Called "Salt and Pepper" the photo depicts a herd of black Angus and Charolais being herded in the Bear Paw Mountains south of Chinook, Montana. The award was selected from 600 entries by agricultural photojournalists from across the country.

In addition to "Photo of the Year," Klassy was also named "Emerging Photographer of the Year" by the AAEA. Klassy submitted three photos that appeared in the July 25, 2015 issue of the Great Falls Tribune, whose parent company Lee Enterprises is member of AAEA. The photos in that issue featured Montana cowboys in celebration of the 2015 National Day of the...

Montana Photographer Wins International Photography Award

October 13th, 2018

Montana Photographer Wins International Photography Award

BONN, GERMANY--A photo by Montana farm and ranch photographer Todd Klassy was awarded top prize in an international photography competition today; the first time the award was given to a photographer from the United States in 14 years.

The Star Prize for Agricultural Photography presented by the International Federation of Agriculture Journalists (IFAJ) recognizes excellence in agricultural photography from around the world.

Photographers compete in three categories—people, production, and nature—from which an overall winner is selected. Klassy's photograph of a cowboy moving cattle on a rainy day in the Bear Paw Mountains near Lloyd, Montana was the photograph selected by the judges as the winner of the people category. It was then selected by the judges as the overall winner among entries from over 30 countries.

The award was presented today at the 2016 IFAJ Congress in Bonn, Germany.

Klassy learned he won the award when he received a text...

Montana Secretary Of State Unveils Treasured Montana Artist Montana Photographer Todd Klassy

October 13th, 2018

Montana Secretary Of State Unveils Treasured Montana Artist Montana Photographer Todd Klassy

HELENA, MT--Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today introduced photographer Todd Klassy, of Havre, as the next “Treasured” Montana Artist. McCulloch selected Klassy from a competitive field of candidates for his ability to capture a side of Montana that goes largely unrecognized beyond our borders.

“Our prairies and plains are as significant as our mountains,” Secretary McCulloch said. “There’s history in that old grain elevator, cattle herd and rusted sign you pass 100-miles from the last traffic light, and Todd tells the story beautifully.”

Klassy was raised on a farm and says it was always his dream to photograph the back roads and hidden corners of Montana. His fondness for the state extends to rural landmarks and all those whose culture and way of life is “threatened by the hands of time.”

“My home is the gravel road,” Klassy said. “I make it a point to travel every corner of the state, because however breathtaking Yellowstone...