Iowa State Fair Photo Contest

Capturing the Beauty of the Iowa State Fair

We're pleased to announce the second annual #StateFairBeautiful Photo Contest! 

During the 2016 Iowa State Fair, Keep Iowa Beautiful invited Iowa State Fair goers to participate in a Daily Photo Promotion August 11-21 at the Iowa State Fair. 

This daily photo contest invited fair attendees to capture the beauty of the Iowa State Fair during their visit. 

  1. Take your digital photo while at the 2016 Iowa State Fair.

  2. Email the digital photo by midnight each day to Keep Iowa Beautiful ( with your First and Last Name, address and phone number. 

  3. The daily winners were awarded noted Iowa photographer and author, Ty Smedes’ Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles, Second Edition hard cover book courtesy of Pioneer Communications Inc., publishers of The Iowan magazine and its book division, The Iowan Books.  

  4. Eleven winners were selected, one for each day of the Iowa State Fair. Winning photos are displayed on Keep Iowa Beautiful's social media platforms with the hashtag, #StateFairBeautiful. 

The 2016 #StateFairBeautiful winners

Day 1: Bill Benson, Jefferson, IA
Day 2: Steven McKinney, Lytton, IA
Day 3: Mark Iwif, Johnston, IA
Day 4: Mike Hiatt, Des Moines, IA
Day 5: Linda Glass MacBride, West Des Moines, IA
Day 6: Mary Ann Good, Cumming, IA
Day 7: Teresa Moyer, Des Moines, IA
Day 8: Shane Kiesner, Des Moines, IA
Day 9: Leslie Mineart, Earlham, IA
Day 10: Mike Hiatt, Des Moines, IA
Day 11: Michael Leland, Des Moines, IA

View the winning photos on the Keep Iowa Beautiful Facebook page!

Be sure to participate in our 2017 photo contest!

The Iowa State Fair is August 10-20, 2017. 

Submission Details: By submitting your photo to Keep Iowa Beautiful, you retain copyright and remain the owner of your images and may also continue to use them in any manner you choose. You agree that the images you submit may be used in printed publications, digitally on Keep Iowa Beautiful's website, and may be shared on Keep Iowa Beautiful's social media channels or in any other media for Keep Iowa Beautiful’s promotions. Your submission subscribes you to KIB future mailings and emails. 

One submission per person, per day will be accepted. Submissions must be received electronically by midnight each day to be considered. One winner will be selected each day of the fair between August 10-20, 2017. Photos must be of people, places, images of the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Contest ends midnight on August 20, 2017.

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