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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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