TIFA 2023 Events / Sport

Labor Day Weekend In Dayton, Iowa

  • Prize
    Bronze in Events/Sport
  • Photographer
    Anja Bruehling
  • Technical Info
    Nikon 35mm
  • Photo Date

In Dayton, Iowa 2 hours north of Des Moines - with a population of 772,  Labor Day weekend evolves around the rodeo, town fair, and Labor Day parade. Since 1937, Dayton has been the site of a rodeo on Labor Day weekend. It began with a pair of local cowboys and has grown to a National Championship Rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. The rodeo features bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and the wild horse race. The rodeo has generated large crowds and high-quality competitors.

In 2017 Anja Bruehling gave up her global executive career to pursue her passion -documentary and fine art photography. She has worked and travelled to over 60 countries. Her passions are documenting people, diverse cultures, social issues and the human condition around the world. She sees the camera as medium to stay curious more than ever and to make observations, explore places, prosperity, beauty, people and the socio-economic problems they face.