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Rural Kansas Photography Contest

Dr. Munson and Nurse Angela with Pediatric PatientThe 2017 Rural Kansas Photo Contest will run from September 1 to October 22, 2017.

Over the past 11 years, Kansans have submitted more than 2,500 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 7 categories by both amateur and professional photographers. Share the magic moments in your backyard, and sign up to vote for this year's best. 

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


Main Street Sunrise by Jolynn Reed
  • Main Street Kansas — Show us your favorite quiet or bustling Main Street from a unique perspective (e.g., shops, diners, theaters, the strip, clocks, statues, group gatherings-indoors or out). First Place winner will receive $75 and Second Place winner will receive $35.
Retired - Fall by Carrie Towns
  • Kansas Landscapes — Wow us with a beautiful Kansas landscape of any season (e.g., spring blooms, sunflower fields, bridges, sunsets, trees, storms, lakes, burning fields). First Place winner will receive $75 and Second Place winner will receive $35.
Time Out for Prayer by Rebekah Chappel
  • Health Care -  First Place winner will receive $75 and Second Place winner will receive $35 in each Healthcare topic.
    • Healthcare Heroes - Focus on a healthcare hero in your community. Grab your camera and shoot a portrait or casual shot and provide a few sentences on why this healthcare hero has earned his/her cape (individuals or a group of any healthcare provider or first responder). This category will also be shared through our social media channels and we will tag the organization in the post.
    • Healthcare Events -  Let us in on the activity going on in your organization (e.g., screenings, special events, special visitors, lunch bunch, open house, ribbon cutting).
Dia de los Muertos by Rosanna Munoz
  • Friday Night Lights & Weekend Highlights — Give us a glimpse into the perks of what life as a Kansan is like during the down-times. (e.g., road trips, 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). First Place winner will receive $75 and Second Place winner will receive $35.
Great Blue Heron by Steve Tredway
  • Wildlife and Critters — Fuzzy, furry, creepy, or crawly, we love seeing them all. (e.g., beloved pets, birds, insects, butterflies, cattle, horses, deer, reptiles). First Place winner will receive $75 and Second Place winner will receive $35.

Christmas Parade by Tom Soetaert
  • Winter Holiday —  Have your winter scenes showcased in the RHES annual holiday card. Each year, the RHES team looks forward to selecting their favorite winter photos for the annual holiday card. Share your winter scenes with us from any category (no limit). Last year we transitioned from a print to video card. Our video holiday card is emailed to more than 1,000 individuals throughout Kansas and posted on our social media sites. Photographers with images selected for the video will receive a Kansas: Live, Work, Play t-shirt and credit in the video.

All photographs © their respective photographers. Used with permissions.


Last modified: Sep 13, 2017
Photo Contest

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