Iowa Tourism best Iowa vacation photo contest

Early HarvestIowa Tourism Office opens call for best Iowa vacation experience photos

Open to both amateur and professional photographers, the Iowa Tourism Office is again hosting an online photo contest to win the coveted cover of next year’s Iowa Travel Guide.

The office is looking to collect the best travel experiences across the state to entice potential travelers to consider a trip to Iowa. 

So far, more than 100,000 Iowa Travel Guides have been ordered and distributed to travelers throughout the U.S. and abroad, while thousands more viewed the guide online. The four-color, 176-page trip-planning publication includes listings from more than 700 attractions, 750 hotels, 220 bed and breakfasts and 350 campgrounds.

• Now through Oct. 20, upload your best Iowa vacation photo via Travel Iowa’s Facebook page.
• The top three photos will be selected and will open for public voting Nov. 4-8.
• The winning photo will be announced Nov. 12
• View full contest rules.

“We’re excited for this opportunity to showcase photographers who have best captured the spirit of Iowa in their photography. Whether it’s a candid family picture from an Iowa getaway or a professional scenic portrait, we will showcase the images that best represent our state and its travel opportunities,” said Shawna Lode, manager, Iowa Tourism Office.

During last year’s contest, more than 600 photos were submitted.

The winning shot, by Jessica Rilling of Cedar Rapids, featured a kayaker on the Turkey River in Elkader.
Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.6 billion in expenditures, employs 64,400 people statewide and generates $841.3 million in state taxes.

The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

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