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Capture the Heart of America: Top Agricultural Photo Contest Winners Announced


WATERLOO, Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 11th Annual Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest.

“Best of Show” was awarded to Justin Rogers of Ankeny for his photo, “Sunset on the Farmstead” in the Iowan Farmscapes category. The photo was chosen by the public in an online voting campaign Dec. 3- Dec. 7.

Awards were also given to the top photos in each of six categories, voted on by panel of judges. People’s Choice “Most Liked on Facebook” was awarded to Joyce Meyer of Calmar for her photo, “Bull Wins!,” in the Celebrations of Iowa Agriculture category. The “Visitor Guide Photo Feature,” selected by Silos & Smokestacks staff from the Partner Site category for a special feature in the 2018-19 Visitor Guide, was awarded to Jordan Hansen of Hudson with “Bottle Bonding.”

Category winners include:


Life on the Iowan Farm

Brothers, First Place, Diane Lowry, Ames

Mudslinger, Second Place, Diane Lowry, Ames

Patiently Waiting for the Cows to Come Home, Third Place, Mary Pat Coburn, West Branch


Iowan Farmscapes

Sunset on the Farmstead, First Place, Justin Rogers, Ankeny

Waiting for Rain, Second Place, Chad Heggen, Joice

Frosty Sunrise, Third Place, Lorinda Groe, Lake Mills

Forgotten, Honorable Mention, Maria Spaans, Orange City

Corn Crib in the Field, Honorable Mention, Sherry Schons, Marion


American Agriculture

Homestead with a View, First Place, Laura Seiser, Blairsburg

New Barn Roof, Second Place, Diane Lowry, Ames

America’s Dairyland, Third Place, Dave Austin, Ankeny


Celebrations of Iowa Agriculture

After the Show, First Place, Deb Shoning, West Des Moines

Bull wins!, Second Place, Joyce Meyer, Calmar

Iowa Grown Market, Third Place,   Mary Pat Coburn, West Branch

First Year in 4-H, Honorable Mention, Carsyn Ten Haken, Joice


Modern Agriculture

Seedtime & Harvest , First Place, Maria Spaans, Orange City

Last Pass, Second Place, Ron Mayland,  Cedar Rapids

Planting Season, Third Place, Dave Austin, Ankeny


Silos & Smokestacks Partner Sites     

Motor Mill in Winter, First Place, Paul Grillo, Parkersburg

Impressing the Judges, Second Place, Greg Punelli, Des Moines

Wagaman Mill, Third Place, Warren Terpstra, Sully


While the Heritage Area covers a 37-county region in Northeast Iowa, the contest allows Silos & Smokestacks to share America’s agricultural story across the entire United States. A complete list of winners and their photos can viewed at

Through a network of sites, programs and events, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area tells the story of farm life and agribusiness—past and present. Visitors can learn about and experience agriculture at a variety of museums, historic sites, and farms. One of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation, Silos & Smokestacks is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The heritage area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. To plan your visit, go to

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PHOTO: Best of Show, Harvest Sunset, Justin Rogers, Ankeny



PHOTO: People’s Choice, Bull Wins!, Joyce Meyer, Calmar



PHOTO: Motor Mill in Winter, Paul Grillo, Parkersburg



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