Grasshopper on Sunflower by Greg Paulsen

See the Winners of Our Annual Photo Contests!

Amateur and Professional Photographers have been sharing their images of Rural Kansas since 2006! Learn more >>

Rural Kansas Photography Contest

Dr. Munson and Nurse Angela with Pediatric PatientView the winners of the 2016 Rural Kansas Photography Contest!

Over the past 10 years, Kansans have submitted more than 2,200 images to the Rural Kansas Photo Contest. These photos have introduced us to the far corners of our state, transported us to enormous landmarks, introduced us to new friends and neighbors, and helped us rediscover the beauty in our own backyard. Most importantly, these images help promote the rich history and beauty of Kansas to our future health care providers and patients.

Browse beautiful images captured across 6 categories by both amateur and professional photographers. Share the magic moments in your backyard, and sign up to vote for this year's best. Before you submit your photos be sure to view our past winners.

The 2016 Rural Kansas Photography Contest is now closed. This year's contest ran from September 1, 2016 to October 16, 2016.

Photo contest winners were announced on November 30, 2016. Like us on Facebook to be the first to see our winners!

Sign-up to receive emails about future contests and to vote online in the 2017 contest. 


Pioneer's Rest by Jeffrey McPheeters
  • Community Landmarks - From historic venues to new additions - landmarks that tell the story of communities both past and present. Share landmark images in rural and remote areas, and small towns.
Retired - Fall by Carrie Towns
  • Four Seasons - Showcase a beautiful Kansas landscape of winter, spring, summer, or fall (e.g., icy covered trees, spring blooms, sunflowers, summer sunsets, fall leaves).
Time Out for Prayer by Rebekah Chappel
  • Health Care - Show us why Kansas is a great place for health care providers to work (e.g., health care setting, first responders, wellness and awareness events, health care staff working or having a good time).
Dia de los Muertos by Rosanna Munoz
  • Heartland Adventures - Capture the spirit and adventures of the heartland (e.g., memorial runs/walks, athletic events, parades, festivals, rodeos, pep rallies, ice cream socials, carnivals, cookouts, ceremonies, cooking, hiking, biking, water skiing, camping, farming, fishing, hunting).
Great Blue Heron by Steve Tredway
  • Wildlife and Critters - Anything fuzzy, furry, creepy or crawly (e.g., beloved pets, birds, insects, butterflies, cattle, horses, deer, frogs).
Christmas Parade by Tom Soetaert
  • Winter Holiday - Every year RHES staff look forward to selecting their favorite winter picture for the annual holiday card. Share your winter scene with us. Our holiday card is sent to more than 500 individuals throughout Kansas. Winter scene photographs submitted in one of the other categories will be automatically considered and you have the option to submit an additional three photos for this category.

All photographs © their respective photographers. Used with permissions.

Last modified: Feb 17, 2017
Photo Contest

Photo Contest Rules

See our contest rules for answers to frequently asked questions.

Please email Jenifer Yuza at if you still have questions.

Sign-up for Emails