“Nightfall” by David Smith

Statewide Iowa — Summer is here and Keep Iowa Beautiful is announcing the 13th Annual Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest.

Keep Iowa Beautiful officials tell us Iowans have the next six months to grab their cameras, or phones, and enter one or all of the five categories.

Kevin Techau, Keep Iowa Beautiful Executive Director says that this is a great way for Iowans to share what they like about Iowa. He says there are five categories to enter your favorite photo of what makes you proud to be an Iowan and captures the beauty and spirit of Iowa. Techau says that again, this year the contest will feature over $2,000 in cash awards.

The two-phase contest begins now with an entry deadline of December 17, 2022. The first-place winner will get $100, second place: $75, and third place: $50.

From January 15-29, 2023, the five first-place winners will be featured on Keep Iowa Beautiful social media for voting and selecting the Public Favorite Photo. The winner will receive an additional $100. The Robert D. Ray Best of Show Awards, determined by a distinguished panel, will also be announced at that time. The Robert D. Ray Best of Show first place winner will get $500, second place: $250 and third place: $100.

Randi Ray, Robert and Billie Ray’s eldest daughter, has agreed to serve on a panel of judges. She says that photography was one of her dad’s favorite pastimes. She says, “During his 14 years as governor, he and my Mother traveled to many places around the world and he always had a camera around his neck. Dad was so proud of Iowans and their efforts to make Iowa a great place to live.”

The five categories are:

Iowa Landscape
Capture Iowa’s beauty through depictions of Iowa’s landscape, including but not limited to farm fields, rolling hills, and wooded forests.

Iowa Water
Feature Iowa’s beautiful water systems with depictions of Iowa rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes.

Iowa Cities
Iowa’s urban centers are hubs of history, culture, and beauty. This category features depictions of Iowa’s cities, street scenes, and urban landmarks.

Iowans in Action
This category aims to capture the spirit of Iowa through depictions of the people that live, work, and play in Iowa. All means of action that can be captured: biking, running, fishing, hunting, and hiking are but a few.

Iowa Wildlife
Iowa is home to a variety of beautiful critters. This category aims to showcase Iowa’s beauty through depictions of Iowa’s wildlife animals: mammals, fish, birds, bugs, and more!

A $5 fee is required for each photo entered. Contest rules and entry guidelines are on KIB’s website: www.keepiowabeautiful.com/photograph-contest/

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