Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) announced the winners of the 9th 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 annual photography contest.

FIRST PLACE: Justin Rogers of Ankeny. “Boone & Scenic Valley railroad Steam Engine” 1st place winner awarded $50 and a one year subscription to Our Iowa magazine.

SECOND PLACE: Ervin Sabic of Waterloo. (The Calm Before the Storm-Downtown Waterloo) 2nd place winner awarded $40 and a one year subscription to Our Iowa magazine.

THIRD PLACE: Willard Sharp of Madrid. (Summer Thunderstorm Near Parkersburg) 3rd place winner awarded $30 and a one year subscription to Our Iowa magazine.

“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.”

Over 75 entries were received.

The photos will be featured in KIB’s quarterly newsletter and on the KIB website during the year. Visit the Contest Winners page to view the photos.