Keep Iowa Beautiful launches 13th annual photography contest

Summer is here and Keep Iowa Beautiful is announcing the 13th Annual Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest. Iowans have the next six months to grab cameras, or phones, and enter one or all of the five categories.

The two-phase contest begins now with entry deadline on Dec. 17. Each of the five categories will be awarded first place: $100, second place: $75 and third place: $50.

On Jan. 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 award amounts are as follows; first place: $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. “Photography was one of my Dad’s favorite pastimes,” said Randi. “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.” Randi said, “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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