Entries are now being accepted for Iowa's Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area's (SSNHA) annual Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest.
From day-to-day life on the family farm to the ever-changing agricultural industry, agriculture has proven to be one of America's most compelling stories. Through this contest, photographers from across the country can share their own piece of this important story as they see it through their camera lens.
Photos may be taken anywhere in the United States of America, except for one category dedicated to SSNHA Partner Sites. There is an entry limit of five photos per contestant and an entry fee of $5 per photo. Contest entries are due by October 28, 2015. For online entry form and complete contest rules/guidelines, visit silosandsmokestacks.org/photo-contest. Contest categories include:
American Farmscapes: From rustic farms to rolling hills of patchwork fields, the rural countryside holds a beauty uniquely American. This category captures this beauty through artistic depictions of farm and field scenes scattered throughout rural America.
Life on the Farm: Farm life is characterized by hard work combined with a connection to the land. This category shares the story of the American farmer who helps feed the world, along with day-to-day life on the farm.
Silos & Smokestacks Partner Sites: From dairy farms and museums to vineyards and tractor assembly tours, more than 100 Designated Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Partner Sites are sharing their own part of America's agricultural story in a 37-county region of northeast Iowa. This category lets visitors share their experience at Heritage Area Partner Sites.
Celebrations of Agriculture: Steeped in culture, festivals and fairs have long been held to celebrate American agriculture and the fruits of the harvest. From nationally recognized state fairs to a hometown rhubarb fest, this category commemorates the agricultural experience at countless events throughout the country.
America's Agricultural Industry: America's agricultural industry has helped to shape agriculture worldwide. From the relics of smokestacks that once dotted the American landscape to the barges that transport grain on the Mississippi River, this category captures this important story.
Awards will be presented for:
Best of Show: $500 and CyberLink Photo Director 7
First Place: $100 and CyberLink Photo Director 7 (each category)
Second Place: $50 (each category)
Third Place: $25 (each category)
People's Choice: CyberLink Photo Director 7
Please email [email protected] or call 319-234-4567 for additional information about the photo contest. The Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest is sponsored in part by Solon Andreas Foundation and CyberLink.
SSNHA is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is affiliated area of the National Park Service. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness, and rural communities-past and present.