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Entries Sought for Photo Contest Preserving Northeast Iowa’s Agricultural Heritage

Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is currently
accepting entries for the 2011 “Capture the Heart of America” Photo Contest. The contest
seeks to capture the unique agricultural heritage and culture of the 37-county Heritage Area
through photos in five different categories, including Farm Life, Farmscapes, Festivals &
Fairs, Heritage Area Sites and Images of the Past (pre-1950s).

Awards will be presented for first, second and third places in each category, as well as the
overall Best of Show. Voting for Best of Show will be open to the public on from October 31-
November 6 at, with the winner receiving a Tamron 70-
300mm Image Stabilizing Lens (valued at $450) donated by Porter’s Digital Cameras &

“The photos showcase each entrant’s unique interpretation of the region’s agricultural story,
preserving timeless stories of the people and landscape of the Heritage Area,” commented
Don Short, SSNHA President.

Photo contest entries are due postmarked by September 30, 2011, with guidelines and entry
forms available at For additional information, call 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 past and present farm life, agribusiness, and rural communities.

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