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Photo Contest Captures the Heart of American Agriculture

Photo Contest Captures the Heart of American Agriculture

Waterloo, IOWA – Capture the Heart of America is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! Entries are now being accepted into the 2017 photo contest.

From day-to-day life on the family farm to the ever-changing industry, agriculture has proven to be one of America’s most compelling stories. Through the contest, photographers from across the country can share their own piece of this important story as they see it through their camera lens.

In addition to updates in all categories and rules, two new categories will be premiering this year, Modern Agriculture in Iowa and Agriculture in America. Also new to the competition is the Visitor Guide Photo Feature Award. The winning photo, selected by Silos & Smokestacks staff from the Partner Site Category, will receive a $250 cash prize and will be featured prominently in 2018-19 Silos & Smokestacks Visitor Guide.

Photos submitted in the contest must be agriculturally related and help to preserve this important piece of America’s story. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. Photos must be submitted by the individual who took the photograph. Contest sponsors, judges and SSNHA staff/members of their immediate family are not eligible to enter. Employees and volunteers of designated SSNHA Partner Sites are eligible to submit entries.

Contest entries are due by September 29, 2017. Visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org/photo-contest for online entry form and complete contest rules/guidelines.

Contest categories include:

Iowa Farmscapes: From rustic farms to rolling hills of patchwork fields, the rural countryside holds a beauty uniquely Iowan. This category captures this beauty through artistic depictions of farm and field scenes scattered throughout rural Iowa.

Life on the Iowa Farm: Farm Life is characterized by hard work combined with a connection to the land. This category shares the story of the Iowan farmer who helps feed the world, along with day-to-day life on the farm.

Silos & Smokestacks Partner Sites: From dairy farms and museums to vineyards and tractor assembly tours, more than 100 Designated Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Partner Sites are sharing their own part of America’s agricultural story in a 37-county region of Northeast Iowa. This category lets visitors share their experience at Heritage Area Partner Sites.

Celebrations of Iowa Agriculture: Steeped in culture, festivals and fairs have long been held to celebrate Iowan agriculture and the fruits of the harvest. From a state fair to a hometown rhubarb fest, this category commemorates the agricultural experience at countless events throughout the country.

Modern Agriculture in Iowa: Iowa’s agricultural industry has helped to shape agriculture worldwide and continues to be a leader in new and innovative farming methods. From the engineering and technology used to create more efficient machines to the biology that increases the productivity of plants and research to conserve and protect our natural resources. Show us Iowans being leaders in the industry with pictures of today’s equipment, field monitors, drones and conservation practices in operation.

Agriculture in America: From sea to shining sea, amber waves of grain to fields of cotton. Agriculture is a major industry in America. Ranging from hobby farms and small-scale producers to large commercial farms covering thousands of acres of cropland or rangeland. This category celebrates the diverse industry of agriculture in our country. We want to see this industry outside of Iowa and farm life differs from state-to-state.

Awards presented:

  • Best of Show – $500
  • First Place – $100 (each category)
  • Second Place – $50 (each category)
  • Third Place – $25 (each category)
  • People’s Choice – $50
  • Visitor Guide Photo Feature Award – $250

For additional information about the photo contest, please email photocontest@silosandsmokestacks.org or call (319)234-4567.

Spanning a 37 county-region in Northeast Iowa, Silos & Smokestacks is celebrating its 20th year as the only federally designated National Heritage Area in the country to preserve and tell the story of American agriculture. National Heritage Areas are places designated by Congress where natural, cultural and historic resources combine to tell a story that celebrates our nation’s diverse heritage. Through partnerships with farms, museums, and historic sites, Silos & Smokestacks educates and inspires generations to discover agriculture in everyday life.

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