This is the winning photo for Linn County, shot by Kelly Souza, for the DNR's Healthy & Happy Outdoors Iowa Photo Quilt contest. (photo courtesy Iowa DNR)

This is Linn County’s winning photo, shot by Kelly Souza of Cedar Rapids, for the Healthy & Happy Outdoors Iowa Photo Quilt contest. (photo/DNR)

It’s inspiring to see so many beautiful scenes from our state entered in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Healthy & Happy Outdoors Iowa Photo Quilt contest.

You can see all of the entries on the Pinterest link, below, along with a list of winners and more information from the DNR:

DES MOINES ­– The DNR has announced the winners of its Healthy & Happy Outdoors Iowa Photo Quilt contest.

The DNR received more than 400 entries for the contest, which was judged by Jake Zweibohmer, Art Director for Iowa Outdoors magazine. The photographer with the best photo for each county will each receive a one-year subscription to Iowa Outdoors.

The winning photos have been placed in a “photo quilt” banner that will be displayed at the DNR building at the Iowa State Fair. To view all the photos submitted for the contest, visit the DNR on Pinterest at

 Winners are listed below by the county in which the winning photo was taken. Note that photos were not submitted for all 99 counties.

Adair – Adam Kiel

Allamakee – Randy Edwards

Appanoose – Jim Day

Audubon – Jill Cornell

Benton – Molly Wade

Black Hawk – Traci Baker

Boone – David Weidner

Bremer – Eddy Derifield

Buchanan – Jessica Rilling

Buena Vista – Sandy Ivers

Butler – Eddy Derifield

Calhoun – Kimberly Calmer

Carroll – Nancy Schmitz

Cass – John Rasmussen

Cedar – Josh Meier

Cerro Gordo – Paul Hertzel

Cherokee – John Snapp

Chickasaw – Joel Gray

Clayton – Lois Albrecht

Clinton – Mary Horst

Crawford – Traci Baker

Dallas – Teena Case

Davis – Kathleen Burress

Decatur – Kelly Souza

Delaware – Tom Wood

Des Moines – Nedra Cumberland

Dickinson – Sheena Shreck

Dubuque – Ronald Tigges

Fayette – Jason Rubin

Franklin – Paul Hiscocks

Fremont – Garry Pogemiller

Floyd – Margo Underwood

Greene – Peg Gannon

Grundy – Dan Case

Guthrie – Paul Hiscocks

Hancock – Brooke Simpson

Hardin – Tom Wood

Harrison – Debra Purcell

Henry – Nedra Cumberland

Howard – Jessica Rilling

Ida – Don Poggensee

Iowa – Mary Horst

Jackson – Maggie Carstensen

Jasper – Tom Wood

Jefferson – Mike Griffin

Johnson – Evan Hindman

Jones – Mitch McCarthy

Kossuth – Tonya Gray

Lee – Lora Conrad

Linn – Kelly Souza

Louisa – Tammy Slater

Lucas – Becky Pennington

Madison – Alan Lange

Marion – Kevin Garrison

Marshall – Garry Brandenburg

Mitchell – Dan Bratrud

Monona – Tyler Nickolisen

Monroe – Gary Sample

Montgomery – Michelle Pelzer

Muscatine – John Wilkins

Osceola – John Schmidt

Page – Dianna Long

Pocahontas – Alvin Conkling

Polk – Todd Razor

Pottawattamie – Paula Danker

Ringgold – Kelly Souza

Sac – Gary Witte

Scott – Kelly Riibe

Shelby – Paul Hiscocks

Story – Larry Dau

Tama – Stacey Kolars

Union – Jessica Rosener

Van Buren – Lora Conrad

Wapello – Ryan Rasmussen

Warren – David Austin

Webster – Lisa Rasmussen

Winnebago – Lisa Ralls

Winneshiek – Randy Edwards

Woodbury – Kelly Riibe

Worth – Paul Hertzel

Wright – Becky Chipman

Healthy & Happy Outdoors, or H2O, connects Iowans with outdoor resources to reduce stress and improve their health. Iowans can go to 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.