Cover photo revealed for Iowa Travel Guide

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A photo of a kayaker on the Turkey River in Northeast Iowa will appear on the cover of the 2013 Iowa Travel Guide.

Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday announced the winner of a contest held by the Iowa Tourism Office to find a cover photo for this year's guide. More than 600 entries were narrowed down to three contenders. Facebook fans of the office then voted for the winner.

Jessica Rilling, of Cedar Rapids, took the winning image. It will be featured on the 100,000 printed copies of the guide, set to come out in the spring, and digitally on www.traveliowa.com . She will not receive any financial compensation for the photo.

Branstad says tourism is important to the state's economy, noting it generates about $328 million in taxes annually.

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