Photo Contest

About the Contest

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

Entries for the 2021 photo contest will be accepted NOW – Oct. 31, 2021 Online voting for Best of Show and People’s Choice will take place in early December 2021. Click HERE for a complete list of rules.


2020 Winners

We are pleased to share the category winners of the 2020 Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest below! Click here to view our Flickr albums to see all of the 2020 entries.

SILOS & SMOKESTACKS PARTNER SITES

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BEST OF SHOW, FIRST PLACE: Battle in the Blizzard, by Greg Punelli

SECOND PLACE: Light the Way, Deb Shoning

THIRD PLACE: Wagaman Mill, Lisa Schmitz

HONORABLE MENTION: Bison Cow and Calf, Greg Punelli

HONORABLE MENTION: Back in Time, Greg Punelli


AMERICAN AGRICULTURE

Bluebird in the Vineyard

FIRST PLACE: Bluebird in the Vineyard, Deb Shoning

SECOND PLACE: Paul Grillo, Partnering With Team and Mascot

THIRD PLACE: Montana Farm, Mary Pat Coburn

HONORABLE MENTION: Wisconsin Summer Nights, Dave Austin


CELEBRATIONS OF IOWA AGRICULTURE

Flying Chaps

FIRST PLACE: Flying Chaps, Paul Grillo

SECOND PLACE: Best Buddies, Harlen Persinger

THIRD PLACE:  Dusting of the 720, Katie Melcher


IOWA FARMSCAPES

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FIRST PLACE: Patterns in the Hills, Roger Weyhrich

SECOND PLACE: Balltown Lookout, Dean Traver

THIRD PLACE: Snowy Farm, Katharine Vogel

HONORABLE MENTION: Derecho Destruction, Diane Michaud Lowry


LIFE ON THE IOWA FARM

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FIRST PLACE: Ready For Work, Bee Klemzak

SECOND PLACE: Harvest Tailgating for Lunch, Sandy McCurdy

THIRD PLACE: Summer Sunrise, Diane Michaud Lowry

HONORABLE MENTION: Puddle Jumper, Ann Clinton


MODERN AGRICULTURE IN IOWA

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FIRST PLACE: Hancock Harvest, Brian Abeling

SECOND PLACE: Fly & Apply, Beau Brown

THIRD PLACE: East Place Harvest, Linda Buxton

HONORABLE MENTION: Chad Heggen, Deere in the Beans

VISITOR GUIDE PHOTO FEATURE

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Mines of Spain Recreation Area, Brian Abeling


PEOPLE’S CHOICE

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Over the Rainbow, Joyce Meyer


PREVIOUS YEAR’S PHOTOS

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