The winning photos from Iowa, 2022 Edition

Some time ago, I received a postcard alerting me that two of my four entries to the Iowa State Fair were accepted, with at least one of them claiming an award.

Here’s the postcard for proof.

Yesterday, the results were posted on the Iowa State Fair website.

First of all, as much as I thought The Pinecone had a puncher’s chance … it flopped. All it got from the Iowa State Fair was a round-trip mailing.

Same thing for Contact. Great idea, but not great enough.

So that means I already know my two wall-hangers at the Iowa State Fair. But which one got the ribbon.

Apparently this one got the ribbon. Second place in the Infrared category.

We Serve Wayward Strangers. Kodak Medalist II camera, Efke 820 infrared film, with Wratten R78 filter. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Holy 820 nanometers, Batman – a second-place silk on this little treasure, first ribbon in its first showing!! And Kodak Red got a first-ever Iowa ribbon!

Oh, wait… what’s this?

When the response card said “Award,” it actually meant “at least one” received a silk.

Because look who claimed my second-ever blue ribbon in the Iowa State Fair.

Yep. This bad boy.

As Seen From Screven County. Nikon Df camera, Maksutov MC MTO-11CA 1000mm F10 mirror lens, 30 images shot in 10-minute intervals. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Sweet Lord. My first-ever ribbon for that monster 1000mm mirror lens that can double as a barbell. My first-ever ribbon for a nocturnal photo from Iowa. And my first-ever blue ribbon at Iowa for a photo that was taken in the year it was entered (my only other blue was for The AGFA Bridge Over Ansco Lake, which was entered several years after its creation).

Holy cow. Competition Season starts out with two big fat wins. And As Seen from Screven County and We Serve Wayward Strangers are also entered in many of the other Competition Season shows this year – and Wayward Strangers is going to New Jersey as part of the Watchung Art Center show.

Oh, man. This Competition Season has the potential to be a complete smile-inducer.

And I’m good with that. For sure.