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    September 09, 2016

    For more information:

    Jori Wade-Booth, Marketing & Communications Manager
    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area
    Office: 319.234.4567; Cell: 319.404.1311

    Photo Contest Captures the Heart of American Agriculture

    Waterloo, IOWA – Entries are now being accepted for Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area’s (SSNHA) annual Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest.


    From day-to-day life on the family farm to the ever-changing agricultural 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.


    Photos may be taken anywhere in the United States of America, except for one category dedicated to SSNHA Partner Sites. Contest entries are due by September 28, 2016. Visit for online entry form and complete contest rules/guidelines.


    Contest categories include:

    • American Farmscapes – From rustic farms to rolling hills of patchwork fields, the rural countryside holds a beauty uniquely American. This category captures this beauty through artistic depictions of farm and field scenes scattered throughout rural America.
    • Life on the Farm – Farm life is characterized by hard work combined with a connection to the land. This category shares the story of the American 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 Agriculture – Steeped in culture, festivals and fairs have long been held to celebrate American agriculture and the fruits of the harvest. From nationally recognized state fairs to a hometown rhubarb fest, this category commemorates the agricultural experience at countless events throughout the country.
    • America’s Agricultural Industry – America’s agricultural industry has helped to shape agriculture worldwide. From the relics of smokestacks that once dotted the American landscape to the barges that transport grain on the Mississippi River, this category captures this important story.


    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


    For additional information about the photo contest, please email or call (319)234-4567. The Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest is sponsored in part by Solon Andreas Foundation and Colorfx.


    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. For more information visit


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