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    Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest Showcases the Region’s Rich Talent

    Northeast Iowa – The fourth year of Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area’s (SSNHA) Capture the Heart of America photo contest brought a record number of entries showcasing the region’s rich talent. Up from 106 entrants submitting 352 photos in 2009, this year’s contest brought in 553 photos from 129 entrants. Photos were submitted from visitors from as far away as Arizona and Virginia; as well as Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.

    During the first week of November, 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 the photo “Sunset at Our State Fair,” taken by Terry Kruse of Clive, Iowa being named Best of Show. Additional entrants receiving recognition may be viewed at and include:

    1st Place: Milind Deshpande, Coralville, IA, Farm Life; Larry Mendenhall, Altoona, IA, Farmscapes; Terry Kruse, Ankeny, IA, Festivals & Fairs; Scott Fairbairn, Prairie City, IA, Heritage Area Sites; Judy Isaacson, Coggon, IA, Images of the Past.

    2nd Place: Richard Isaacson, Coggon, IA, Farm Life; Beth Burrell, Cedar Falls, IA, Farmscapes; Joyce Meyer, Spillville, IA, Festivals & Fairs; Mitchell Palmer, Nevada, IA, Heritage Area Sites; Paula Maxheim, Des Moines, IA, Images of the Past.

    3rd Place: Linda Hopper, Clear Lake, IA, Farm Life; Scott Fairbairn, Prairie City, IA, Farmscapes; Kim Adams, Ames, IA, Festivals & Fairs; Bob Rude, Coralville, IA, Heritage Area Sites; Craig Richmond, Evansdale, IA, Images of the Past.

    Honorable Mention: Robby Tatum, Roanoke, VA; Tracy Moyle, Swisher, IA; Sharla Glick, Kelley, IA; Diane Thayer, Iowa City, IA; Sara Goemaat, Ames, IA; Coleen Martins, Luana, IA; Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA; John Moyers, Iowa City, IA; Christian Ewoldt, Des Moines, IA; Danyell Klein, Ankeny, IA; Paari Swaminathan, North Liberty, IA; Scott Fairbairn, Prairie City, IA; Deb Shoning, West Des Moines, IA; Elaine Haddy, Iowa City, IA; Delores E. Rohlf, Tipton, IA .

    “Each year the contest continues to grow, both in the quantity and quality of the photos submitted. I look forward to seeing what next year’s contest brings.” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

    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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