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NEW YORK, NY, October 13, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Nationally acclaimed photographer, Paul Mobley, recently announced work from his best-selling book "American Farmer" has been optioned for presentation as a feature-length documentary. Dubbed "American Farmer" by its producers, followed by a national PBS broadcast. The film goes deep into our nation's agricultural heartland to tell the personal stories of the indomitable men and women who literally sustain us all.
In conjunction with this announcement, Mobley launches a national photo contest entitled "Your America Farmer." Free to enter, the contest is an open forum for individuals from across the U.S. to share their stories and experiences with farming and nature. From Farmer's Markets and road-side stands, to home and rooftop gardens, participants are asked to capture the heart of America's rich agricultural heritage.
First, second and third awards will be given in two categories with prizes ranging from entry into Mobley's 2012 Sante Fe Workshop, signed portraits of Mobley's limited edition work, Hoodman photography products and signed copies of best-selling book, "American Farmer."
"The contest is a way for people across the country to share what America's natural farming, garden and harvest means to them," said Mobley. "For me the rich history in the faces of farmers across the country was an inspiration. We want others to be able to share their inspiration."
Reid Callanan of Sante Fe Workshops, Gregory Wakabayashi from Welcome Books, Andrew Barbusca of the National Farmer's Market Nutrition Association and Joe Murphy of the Iowa Farm Bureau will join Mobley for the juried portion of the contest. Jurors will choose first, second and third prize selections based on originality, beauty and capturing the heart of America's agriculture society and strength. People, places, farms, landscape-these photos should embody America's rich harvest. Capture the human spirit in each subject.
A second set of awards will be given in a People's Choice series. People's Choice entries will be voted on by viewers. One selection per viewer. Registration to Dark Room Gallery's online portal is required and will allow participants to rally your friends, share their entry and be chosen the best by the masses.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mobleyshoots, http://www.paulmobleystudio.com or http://www.mobleyshoots.com. Follow on Twitter at @paulshoots. To enter the contest, visit http://www.darkroomgallery.com/mobley.
About Paul Mobley
Paul Mobley is a New York-based photographer who has been shooting commercial work for more than 20 years. His first book, American Farmer, is a NY Times bestseller and is now in production to become a featured documentary. Mobley works for a broad range of commercial clients including American Express and Coca-Cola. In addition to the 2012 release of the American Farmer documentary, Mobley is currently working on another book project to be released in 2012.
Mobley has established himself as a natural born storyteller, and one of the most important and simply lyrical photographers working today. Mobley began his training as a photographer at Detroit's College for Creative Studies, and continued in the New York studios of Annie Leibovitz and David Langley, where he apprenticed for many years before embarking on his own career.
Whether working for advertising, editorial or corporate clients Paul's photography vividly describes the dignity and inherent grace of humanity as he sees it.. Paul's sold out international workshops and seminars are further testimonial that his photography conveys content that just begins with the "unforgettable image." Paul truly is America's Photographer and continues to work with both the highest level of celebrity, musician and model to those who many otherwise never be seen through the lens of a professional photographer. One of his most recent works was a photo shoot with oldest living man, Walter Breuning, just weeks before his death.
For more information, visit www.paulmobleystudio.com or www.mobleyshoots.com. Follow on Twitter at @paulshoots.
About the Jurors
Reid Callanan, founder and director of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, currently in its twenty-first year offering workshops to the international imaging community will participate bringing years of photographic expertise to the contest. In addition to campuses and educational programs in Santa Fe, New Mexico and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Sante Fe Workshops partners with National Geographic to offer photography workshops around the world.
Andy Barbusca, Branch Chief for Local Agency Support at the State WIC Program headquarters in Sacramento. Barbusca represents The National Association of Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs , a non-profit corporation founded in 1992. It is the nation's only organization that links States, the District of Columbia, Indian Tribal Organizations, Territories and others with a stake in USDA's Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs (including local fruit and vegetable growers and low-income families and seniors) with a shared mission.
Joe Murphy serves as the Senior Photographer and writer with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Murphy manages photography for the weekly Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman, the monthly Family Living, as well as the web site iowafarmbureau.com. Murphy has had several photographs chosen by Congressman Tom Latham to be permanently displayed in his Washington D.C. Congressional office that feature a broad range of all that Iowa has to offer. Additionally, his work has been featured in National Geographic Television, Time, Chicago Sun Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, United Press International, Associated Press, Liaison, Chronicle of Higher Education and The Des Moines Register.
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