Competition draws crowd to see who is the fastest tobacco cutter. By David Stephenson and Amy Wilson

September 3, 2009 – Lancaster, Kentucky, USA. Alvin Stamper, 26, defends his title as the tobacco cutting champion at the Garrard County Tobacco Cutting Competition. At the end of every summer during the tobacco harvest, men gather to compete against each other to see who is the fastest at cutting the crop before it is hung in the barns to cure. From planting to the auction house, tobacco remains one of the most labor intensive crops and the hands and backs of laborers have yet to be replaced by machines.

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Shot with the Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105 IS f/4, 70-200 IS f/2.8, 300 f/4. Sony wireless mic and Sennheiser MKE 400. Gitzo 2451 CF tripod with 2180 head.


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