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Keep Iowa Beautiful announces photography contest winners

Posted March 04, 2014 in Web Exclusives

Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) is announcing the winners of the 4th Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest aimed at raising awareness of Iowa’s natural and environmental beauty.  KIB wants to learn what resonates with Iowans based on the photographs they share through this semi-annual photography contest.


FIRST PLACE:  Leo Alan Schwertley from Modale.  Photo:  “Red Sumac” taken in the Loess Hills in western Iowa.


SECOND PLACE:  Andrea Frantz from Storm Lake.  Photo:  “Snowy Iowa Field” taken in Buena Vista County.


HONORABLE MENTION:  Leo Alan Schwertly.  Photo:  “Loess Hills Steps” taken in the Loess Hills in western Iowa.

Cash awards were presented to the first and second place winners and their photos will be featured in KIB’s quarterly newsletter and on the KIB website:

“This is a great way for Iowans to share what they like about rural and urban Iowa,” said Gerry Schnepf, KIB Executive Director.  “This photo contest offers both amateur and experienced photographers an opportunity to tell Iowa’s story in a fun, engaging way.”

The next contest deadline for the annual contest is December 31, 2014.  Entries must be submitted electronically.  The entry fee is $5 per entry and all entry fees will go toward contest cash awards and to support KIB’s programs & services to Iowa communities.  Entry guidelines and rules are available at

Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.   It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods and communities in improving the quality, beauty and cleanliness of our State.  KIB empowers Iowan’s to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live.  Please check out our web page at 

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