Our Annual Family Reunion

Each summer, the associates at VistaComm spend a day together sharing information, honing their skills in a particular area of the business and, finally, just hanging out and catching up. Thursday, July 27 was that day.

The first event of the day, our annual forum, featured a discussion on best practices in photography and video presented by Elaine Shein, associate managing editor and web editor for DTN/The Progressive Farmer. The forum was an opportunity for all VistaComm journalists and photographers from remote locations throughout the Midwest to gather with the staff based in the Sioux Falls home office. Shein’s presentation provided our ag journalism team with some new perspectives on the important graphic component of their work.

The second event of the day revealed the results of the VistaComm Photo Contest. Entries were divided into two categories: journalists and non-journalists, helping to even the odds for those who don’t have as much opportunity to get out in the country. Graphic designer Aaron Scott and accomplished artist and photographer Lynne Byrne judged the competition and presented the awards to the best journalist and non-journalist.

Editor Betsy Poppens took the non-journalist first prize with her photo titled “All in a Day’s Work” featuring a majestic sunset silhouetting Central Farmer’s Cooperative in Marion, SD. For the journalist division, photographer and senior journalist Burke Perry took home first prize with his photo titled “Next Generation,” portraying a father walking through the field with his two sons on either side of him. Both photographs are proudly on display in the Sioux Falls office.
The final event of the day took the VistaComm team to Wild Water West for the annual company picnic. The evening was filled with burgers, hotdogs, and good conversation. Members of the VistaComm team took advantage of the (relatively) cool summer evening to enjoy mini golf, waterslides, and even a couple trips around the lazy river.

Overall, the day was informative, fun, and a great experience. We’re already looking forward to next summer.