WATERLOO, IOWA (September 23, 2022) 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. There is no better way to capture this story than through the lens of photographers from across the country.

The Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest is open to amateur and professional photographers from all over the United States. With more than $1800 in cash prizes, there are six agriculture-related categories in which to enter photographs.

New this year, the "Faces of American Agriculture" category. One of only two categories accepting photos outside of Iowa's borders, "Faces of American Agriculture" celebrates the people who work to fulfill our human need for food, energy, clothing, and shelter.

"Capturing the beauty of agriculture in a photograph is an amazing talent." said Silos & Smokestacks Executive Director Cara Miller. "Each year, we are amazed at the wonderful entries submitted for our photo contest."

Contest categories include:

* Iowa Farmscapes: From rustic farms to rolling hills of patchwork fields, the rural countryside holds a beauty uniquely Iowan. This category captures this beauty through artistic depictions of farm and field scenes scattered throughout rural Iowa.

* Life on the Iowa Farm: Farm Life is characterized by hard work combined with a connection to the land. This category shares the story of the Iowan farmer who helps feed the world, along with day-to-day life on the farm.

* Silos and Smokestacks Partner Sites: From dairy farms and museums to vineyards and tractor assembly tours, more than 100 Designated Silos and 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 Iowa Agriculture: Steeped in culture, festivals and fairs have long been held to celebrate Iowan agriculture and the fruits of the harvest. From a state fair to a hometown rhubarb fest, this category commemorates the agricultural experience at countless events throughout the country.

New Catergory! Faces of American Agriculture: Agriculture is a diverse and eclectic industry. From field to factory, more than nineteen million Americans work in agriculture. Whether farmers and producers or scientists and engineers, show us the faces of men and women working in, what many believe to be, the world's oldest profession. Capture people at work developing new technologies, identifying weeds and pests, solving water and soil issues, processing products we find on store shelves, and educating about agriculture. This category celebrates the people who work to fulfill our human need for food, energy, clothing, and shelter.

* Agriculture in America: From sea to shining sea, amber waves of grain to fields of cotton: Agriculture is a major industry in America, ranging from hobby farms and small-scale producers to large commercial farms covering thousands of acres of cropland or rangeland. This category celebrates the diverse industry of agriculture in our country. We want to see this industry outside of Iowa and farm life differs from state-to-state.

Photos submitted in the contest must be agriculturally related and help to preserve this important piece of America's story. Photos must be submitted by the individual who took the photograph. Contest sponsors, judges, and SSNHA staff/members of their immediate family are not eligible to enter. Employees and volunteers of designated SSNHA Partner Sites are eligible to submit entries.

Contest entries are due by October 31, 2022. Visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org/photo-contest for online entry form and complete contest rules/guidelines.

Awards presented:

* Best of Show — $500

* First Place — $100 (each category)

* Second Place — $50 (each category)

* Third Place — $25 (each category)

* People's Choice — $50

* Visitor Guide Photo Feature Award — $250

Through a network of sites, programs, and events, Silos and 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 and 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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