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Northeast Iowa Photo Contest Brings Entrants from Across the Country

Northeast Iowa – The third year of Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area’s (SSNHA)
Capture the Heart of America photo contest brought exciting new changes, including a record
number of entries. Up from 49 entrants submitting 150 photos in 2008, this year’s contest
brought in 352 photos from 106 entrants. Photos were submitted from visitors from as far
away as Alaska and Georgia; as well as Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

During the third week of October, the top photo in each of five categories was posted online
for the public to determine the Best of Show. Nearly 600 visitors voted for their favorite photo,
with Danyell Klein of Ankeny, IA being named Best of Show for her photo “Yankee Doodle
Pops” taken in the East Village of Des Moines. Additional entrants receiving recognition may
be viewed at and include:

1st Place: Danyell Klein, Ankeny, IA, Events & Festivals; Margaret Klink,
Montezuma, IA, Farm Life; Howard Vrankin, Newton, IA, Heritage Area Sites; Ann
Cejka, Cedar Rapids, IA, Images of the Past; Roy Moore, Cedar Rapids, IA,

2nd Place: Jenny Bethurem, Ames, IA, Events & Festivals; Wilford Yoder, Iowa
City, IA, Farm Life; Linda Staats, St Paul, MN, Heritage Area Sites; Margaret Klink,
Montezuma, IA, Images of the Past; Lucas Payne, Anchorage, AK, Scenic.

3rd Place: Bob Lancaster, Marion, IA, Events & Festivals; Roy Moore, Cedar
Rapids, IA, Farm Life; Howard Vrankin, Newton, IA, Heritage Area Sites; Margaret
Klink, Montezuma, IA, Images of the Past; Joyce Meyer, Spillville, IA, Scenic.

Honorable Mention: Jenny Bethurem, Ames, IA; Sara Goemaat, Belmond, IA;
Tyler Gunderson, Lisbon, IA; Robert Hill, Waterloo, IA; Iowa State Fair, Des
Moines, IA; Bob Lancaster, Marion, IA; Roy Moore, Cedar Rapids, IA; Lucas
Payne, Anchorage, AK; Michelle Porter, Delhi, IA; Craig Schwartz, Reasnor, IA;
Linda Staats, St Paul, MN; Howard Vrankin, Newton, IA; June Walker, Truro, IA;
Wilford Yoder, Iowa City, IA.

“The year’s contest brought in a record number of photos. It shows the true dedication to the
region’s story,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

The 2010 Capture the Heart of America photo contest will be announced this coming spring.
For more information contact 319-234-4567.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas
in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers
37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and
Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs and events,
SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness, and rural communities – past and present.

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