Submit your photos for our 2016 calendar!


Every year, INHF celebrates the natural beauty found all over Iowa in a 12-month nature calendar. We love highlighting the best of what Iowa has to offer—scenery, wildlife and spectacular natural moments. The best part about it? Seeing our great state through your eyes—and lens.

We’ve officially opened our photo submission period for the 2016 INHF calendar! We can’t wait to see your best shots of all the Iowa land, water and wildlife you love. 

If you’re interested in submitting photos for consideration before the July 1 deadline, you’ll find helpful resources on our website for more information. Also make sure to review our general photo submission guidelines. Questions should be directed to Kerri Sorrell.


Iowa By Trail: Jersey Contest

jerseys_graphicTo celebrate the nearing arrival of the Iowa By Trail app on Android we’re celebrating with a bike jersey contest on the Iowa By Trail Facebook page. Vote for your favorite design for a chance to win a free jersey! We’ll be giving away three jerseys after the contest, so make sure yours is on the top. The winning jersey will be featured in our upcoming promotions and giveaways.

The contest will until September 26.

All voters must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Iowa. Voters are allowed to vote once each day until the contest ends. INHF employees and immediate families are not eligible to win but may still participate in voting.

Any questions? Contact


INHF bike jersey contest – vote now!


To mark the launch of the Iowa By Trail app — the Central Iowa version in May and the all-Iowa version at RAGBRAI — we are creating an Iowa By Trail bike jersey.

Five jersey designs have been submitted by the designers at Shift Interactive and Performance Marketing. Vote for your favorite design on our Facebook page. Continue reading

Through Your Lens contest winners

This fall, INHF ran our first Through Your Lens photography contest online, calling photographers to submit their best photos of all that Iowa has to offer. We were overwhelmed by the talent and enthusiasm of our fans, and we couldn’t pick the winner alone. Our Facebook fans and friends chose from the 24 finalist photos—and the winner has been decided!

First Place: “Seed Harvest,” Ryan Ellsworth

As the first place winner, Ryan wins a one-year membership with INHF, a photography session with professional nature photography Ty Smedes and his photo featured on the back cover of our winter magazine. Congratulations on a beautiful picture, Ryan! Continue reading

Time to vote! – INHF Photography Contest

This summer, we asked our members and fans to submit their best Iowa photography in hopes of being featured on our Winter magazine back page. After sifting through hundreds of beautiful Through Your Lens submissions, we’ve narrowed the choices down to our 24 favorites. Now it’s your turn to decide!



Visit our Facebook page to vote for your favorites – voting is unlimited and officially ends Nov. 18th.

Don’t Forget: Through Your Lens photo contest

_MG_8129 Wickiup Hill fog

photo by Gary Hamer

The deadline for our 2013 Digital Photography Contest, Through Your Lens, is fast approaching! The Grand Prize winner will be decided by our fans on Facebook, and will have the opportunity to learn from one of Iowa’s premiere nature photographers, Ty Smedes.

Submit your photos by Friday (Sept. 20) via the INHF Facebook Photo Contest. For full submission guidelines, please read the contest rules and regulations.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve captured!