The DNR is asking Iowans to capture how they enjoy the outdoors this summer – from camping and fishing to birdwatching and trail walking – and to share their photos to create a Healthy & Happy Outdoors “photo quilt” of outdoor recreation in every Iowa county. One outstanding photographer from each county will win a one-year subscription to Iowa Outdoors magazine.
The winning photos from each county will be placed into a statewide “photo quilt” to be displayed at the DNR building during the Iowa State Fair as part of the DNR’s Healthy & Happy Outdoors initiative.
Iowans can send their outdoor recreation photos, along with their name, phone number and where they took the photo, to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Photos are due by July 8 and should be 5 inches x 7 inches (horizontal or vertical) with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Jake Zweibohmer, Iowa Outdoors art director, will serve as contest judge, choosing one outstanding photo per county.
Healthy & Happy Outdoors, or H2O, connects Iowans with outdoor resources to reduce stress and improve their health. Iowans can go to www.iowadnr.gov/h2o
and use the interactive map to find more than 30 types of outdoor activities at more than 1,600 state and county parks and recreation areas. Participants who create an account and log their activities are automatically entered into prize drawings for outdoor gear.
All submitted photos will be posted on the DNR’s Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/iowadnr
. Follow the DNR on Facebook (www.facebook.com/iowadnr
) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/iowadnr
) for contest updates.
Additional information and contest rules are available on the DNR’s website at: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Recreation/HealthyHappyOutdoors/H2OPhotoQuilt.aspx
For more information, contact Jessie Brown, DNR, at 515-281-5131 or Jessie.Brown@dnr.iowa.gov