Iowa Humanities Festival

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Iowa Humanities Festival Photography Contest

"The Elusive Prairie"

The prairie states are often described as flyover country – a vast expanse that is faceless and nameless and perceived, if at all, from a great distance. As a result, much of the specificity about the contemporary prairie, its history, ecology, future, people, adaptation, flora and fauna, is hard to grasp.  

 As part of the Iowa Humanities Festival 2015, we hope that photographers can provide images that reveal elements that may be unseen by others, but that can provide a more complete picture of today’s prairie    .

This contest is open to residents of Iowa and prairie states bordering Iowa (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota)

Each photographer may submit up to 5 images.  There is a $5 charge per submission to help us defray the cost of managing the submissions.


Ten Best in Show images, selected by the jury, will be printed large, mounted on foamcore, and displayed at the Iowa Humanities Festival, April 10 and 11 2015. Photos from up to 60 Semi-Finalists will be included in an online exhibition on the Iowa Humanities Festival website. The online exhibition will include links to the artists’ own websites (optional).

Review Criteria

Photos will be reviewed for 
  • Relevant to the Festival Theme
  • Photographic Image Quality
  • Content and Composition
  • Creativity
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