When 12-year-old Amelia Rohrbach pulled out her camera to take a picture of her brother's chicks, she didn't think about the picture's prize-winning potential.
"I thought they would be a really cute picture," the Fulton resident said.
The photo, featuring a sea of fluffy chicks, was cute — so cute her mom decided to enter it into the Missouri Department of Agriculture's photo contest.
"I really like that picture, but I didn't really know if anyone else would," Rohrbach said.
Her photo, "Just Born," was named runner-up in the Children's Barnyard category of the 2020 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest. The judging panel included representatives from the Department of Health and Senior Services, Brownfield Ag News and first lady Teresa Parson's office.
"I was very surprised that it would go that far," she said.
She became interested in photography last year when she borrowed her mom's camera at the Callaway Youth Expo. Amelia asked for a camera of her own for Christmas.
"We live on a farm, so Amelia takes a lot of pictures of the animals," her father, Roy Rohrbach, said.
With her Kodak camera, she prefers taking picture of animals and nature to photographing people.
The photo contest received submissions from nearly 1,000 amateur photographers of all ages. Amelia's photo was placed in the children's category for photographers age 12 and younger. Other winning submissions included images of livestock, fields and farmers.
During the Missouri State Fair in August, the winning photos will be on display in the Agriculture Building.