For the 2010 My Midwest photo contest, Midwest Living® readers submitted thousands of inspirational photos illustrating the essence of the Midwest. Month by month, the editors sifted through shots and selected those that best celebrated the heart of the heartland.
In January 2011, readers voted on their favorite shot from the five finalists selected by editors; editors named an Editors' Choice winner as well. At left, the Readers' Choice winner.
Submitted by: hauge4
Comment by hauge4: Horse silhouetted against the rising sun.
Submitted by: natalius2010
Comment by natalius2010: Young girl watches a parade in Kunkle, Ohio.
Submitted by: aliciarae1
Comment by aliciarae1: A beautiful sunset at Agate Beach, Michigan.
Submitted by: jwwalter1
Comment by jwwalter1: Taken in Divide County, North Dakota, looking northeast into Saskatchewan, Canada.