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 2019 photo contest will be accepted July 1-Oct. 31, 2019. Online voting for Best of Show and People’s Choice will take place Dec. 2-6, 2019. For a complete list of rules for the 2019 Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest, click HERE.

CLICK HERE to enter the 2019 Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest.


2018 Winners

We are pleased to share the category winners of the 2018 Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest below! Click here to view our Flickr albums to see all of the 2018 entries.


Sunset on the Farmstead

“Sunset of the Farmstead” by Justin Rogers

Iowa Farmscapes


Iowa 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


Life on Iowa 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


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 in Iowa

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



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