The Ottumwa Courier

October 18, 2013

Land the cover of the Iowa Travel Guide

Ottumwa Courier

---- — DES MOINES — 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.

“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.

For more information, visit, call 800-345-IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.