Capturing the Cowboy Lifestyle

Capturing the Cowboy Lifestyle

Klassy's winning photo. Klassy's winning photo.

July 22, 2016

2002 was the last time that an American won The Star Prize for Agricultural Photography, but this year Todd Klassy, a photographer from Montana, took home the top prize for his photo of a cowboy moving cattle on a rainy day in the Bear Paw Mountains.

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists presents the award annually, and photographers from across the world are honored.

Klassy had good feelings about this photo as soon as he snapped the shutter. "I'd just finished photographing on a ranch in southern Blaine County when a spring storm moved through the area," Klassy said. "I decided to follow the storm, looking for opportunities to make a photo. As I winded my way through the gravel roads in the Bear Paw Mountains I stumbled upon some ranchers moving cattle to greener pastures. I hung back and watched as they moved cattle in the rain. Polite as most cowboys and ranchers are in Montana, they approached me and said I could pass through the middle of the herd, but I declined. And I am sure glad I did."

The photo has since been featured in many publications, including “Western Horseman” and “National Geographic.”

"I am elated," Klassy said. "I couldn't be happier. When you make a career for yourself as a farm and ranch photographer this is a pinnacle of achievement. I couldn't be more honored."

Klassy's work truly captures the spirit of America and the rural lifestyle. Check out more examples on his site: www.toddklassy.com

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