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. 142 local photos were entered in the contest during 2017, and it was quite a task to pick a grand prize winner and 12 monthly winners. We 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, 2018 we will begin accepting entries for our 2019 calendar contest, with a final deadline of August 1, 2018. All entries will be posted to our Facebook page on August 2, 2018 for the first round of voting.

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 - 2018 Calendar

Grand Prize - Calendar Cover:

Emily Leary, age 16, took this photo in New Hope during an August sunset. She was inspired to take it on her iPhone 6s by the golden light over the field and barn. 


Merv Webb was taking photos west of Dayton, the day after a major snowstorm, when he saw this red sled in the distance. Fortunately, he was able to catch up and pass it, so he could set up the camera for this photo as the sled came zooming by.


This photo was taken in the town of Grottoes during a late winter snow. Sherri Dean looked out the window to find a lone, crimson cardinal sitting amongst the branches of an elm tree. This photo was taken with a Canon Powershot SX30.


Joe Babcock took this picture on a coool afternoon in Fort Valley on Saint David's Church Road. He used his Canon 70D with 18-35 lens.


There is a magical quality to the beauty of Dark Hollow Falls in the Shenandoah National Park. This photo was taken by Spencer Dean with a Sony A550 DSLR after a week of heavy spring rain.


A female ruby-throated hummingbird sips nectar while hovering above a colorful Mexican sunflower. This backyard photo was taken by Robert Williams, of Broadway, using his Canon PowerShot SX60 HS camera. He admits, “Photographing hummingbirds can be a challenge because they move around so quickly!”


Dawn Frederick captured this precious moment on a warm summer day. She says, “this little gal loves spending time at her grandparent's house just south of Bridgewater. She enjoys taking care of her chickens, collecting eggs, and playing in the water.”


This picture was taken on a hot July afternoon as Denise Janocka was walking in her yard. She says, “My Golden Retrievers waited for me to come to them, rather than coming to me as they usually do. They were so intently waiting, I grabbed my phone and snapped a quick picture of them as they posed for the photo.”


Pictured is a traditional bank barn commonly found throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Debi Price says, “The farm has been a ‘working’ farm since Martin Kauffman, the elder, and his family came to the Valley from Pennsylvania in the late 1730s.”


This barn is located in Maurertown and was constructed in the early 1920's by the late J.H. Fisher family from timber milled off their farm. It was renovated in 2015 by WM Enterprises and is located on the farm owned currently by the Carville family. Matthew Frye snapped this photo.


This photo of a pair of Tree Swallows was taken with a Canon Powershot SX50HS as they perched on Jennifer Goodwin's deck. She says, “They return each year and delight us with their beautiful flight patterns.”


Holly (age 30) and Mikaila (age 22) are the models for this colorful fall picture, which was taken at Kay Wright’s farm in Penn Laird, VA.  She used her Canon Rebel T2i digital SLR camera.


This antique Chevy pickup truck is parked on Highway 340 next to the welcome sign for the town of Shenandoah and gets decorated for the seasons. Chris Anderson says, “it is always fun to pass by and see how it has changed for the holidays.”

Honorable Mention:   

This handsome buck with velvet antlers was photographed at Big Meadows. The Shenandoah National Park is one of Joy Beaman’s favorite places to visit. Every trip is a new adventure with many different animals, birds and flowers.