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    WATERLOO, Iowa  – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is asking for the public’s help in determining the top agricultural photos in the 2022 Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest. This year’s contest brought more than 145 photos documenting America’s agricultural story. From Nov. 28-Dec. 2, voting for “Best of Show” will be open to the public at and People’s Choice “Most Liked” will be open to the public on Silos & Smokestacks Facebook page.

    “Best of Show” finalists are comprised of the first place photos in each of the six categories. This year’s category finalists include:

    • American Agriculture: Clouds Over the Harvested Field, Deb Shoning, of West Des Moines
    • Iowa Farmscapes: Fields of Gold, Greg McPeck, of Omaha, Nebraska
    • Life on the Iowa Farm: Achooo, Roger Weyhrich, of Boone
    • Faces of American Agriculture: James, Andrea Gluckman, of Pittsford, New York
    • Silos & Smokestacks Partner Sites: Now Entering, Mike Cox, of Knoxville
    • Celebrations of Iowa Agriculture: Shear Fear, Paul Grillo, of Parkersburg

    Dave Austin of Ankeny won the Visitor Guide Photo Feature Award with his photo “Red Head.” This special award is eligible only to photos taken at Silos & Smokestacks Partner Sites. The winner is chosen by Silos & Smokestacks staff and will be featured in the 2023-24 Visitor Guide.

    The People’s Choice “Most Liked” Award is open to all submitted photos and awarded to the most “liked” on Facebook. To vote, visit

    This will be the 16th year that Silos & Smokestacks has hosted the Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest. While the footprint of the Heritage Area spans a 37-county region in Northeast Iowa, the contest has given Silos & Smokestacks the opportunity to extend its mission of telling America’s agricultural story beyond the borders of the region. Through participation in the contest, photographers from across the nation can contribute their own piece to this story.

    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 55 federally designated heritage areas in the nation, Silos & Smokestacks is a partner of the National Park Service. The heritage area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa.

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    Clouds Over the Harvested Field, Deb Shoning

    Fields of Gold, Greg McPeck, of Omaha

    Achooo, Roger Weyhrich

    James, Andrea Gluckman, of Pittsford

    Now Entering, Mike Cox

    Shear Fear, Paul Grillo

    Red Head, Dave Austin

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