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Entries sought for photo contest preserving Northeast Iowa's agricultural heritage

July 24, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald - Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is currently accepting entries for the 2011 "Capture the Heart of America" Photo Contest. The contest seeks to capture the unique agricultural heritage and culture of the 37-county Heritage Area through photos in five different categories, including Farm Life, Farmscapes, Festivals & Fairs, Heritage Area Sites and Images of the Past (pre-1950s).

Awards will be presented for first, second and third places in each category, as well as the overall Best of Show. Voting for Best of Show will be open to the public from October 31 thru November 6 at, with the winner receiving a Tamron 70 - 300mm Image Stabilizing Lens (valued at $450) donated by Porter's Digital Cameras & Imaging.

"The photos showcase each entrant's unique interpretation of the region's agricultural story, preserving timeless stories of the people and landscape of the Heritage Area," commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

Photo contest entries are due postmarked by September 30, 2011, with guidelines and entry forms available at For additional information, please email or call 319-234-4567.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. 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 past and present farm life, agribusiness, and rural communities.


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