July 28, 2011

Wanted: Your photos in the ISU state fair exhibit

by Erin Rosacker

Iowa State is giving you the chance to display your photos at the Iowa State Fair without entering them in a contest. As part of the university's exhibit in the northeast corner of the Varied Industries Building during the fair, Iowa residents are encouraged to submit photos to illustrate how Iowa State is making a difference in communities.

"The whole focus is on how Iowa State University is making your community better," said Carole Custer, ISU marketing director. "Participants can come to the fair and see their photos displayed in the university's exhibit."

How to submit a photo

Anyone can submit photos, which will be part of an interactive video display in ISU's exhibit space. Photos can be uploaded to the ISU Extension website or by using the free iTunes application, "Main Street Engaging ISU."

Anyone or anything that's ISU-connected and helped make a difference in an Iowa community can be the subject of the photo. Examples might include an ISU alum who is a community leader or volunteer; a group of Master Gardeners who adopted and beautified a neglected area; or maybe a community project that improved the downtown streetscape.

Photo submissions can be now through the end of the state fair (Aug. 21). Populations with the highest percentage of photo entries will be announced at the end of the fair. One county and three communities (population less than 500; 500-5,000; and more than 5,000) will be recognized.