Each year, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area hosts the Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest to let photographers share their agricultural photos from across the nation. The contest allows the federally-funded Silos & Smokestacks to reach beyond its borders to help tell this nationally significant story on a broader scale.

The contest features five categories, four of them open to photos taken nationally and one category solely dedicated to Silos & Smokestacks Partner Sites. The open categories are: American Farmscapes, artistic depictions of farm and field scenes scattered throughout rural America; Life on the Farm. sharing the story of the American farmer along with day-to-day life on the farm; Celebrations of Agriculture, commemorating the agricultural experience at countless events throughout the country; and America’s Agricultural Industry, capturing both the relics of the past to current operations.

This year’s contest awards include Best of Show, $500 (overall winner); First Place, $100 (each category); Second Place, $50 (each category); and Third Place, $25 (each category).

Photo contest entries are due by Oct. 9, with winners announced no later than Nov. 22. For guidelines and online entry form, visit silosandsmokestacks.org. For additional information, email photocontest@silosandsmokestacks.org or call (319) 234-4567.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.