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Rural Kansas Photography Contest Categories

Banner image of old barn by photographer Kevin Kirkwood

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Kansas Country Living cover sample

  • Kansas Country Living Grand-Prize Winner — The Kansas Country Living editorial team will choose from all of the entries a $100 grand-prize winning photograph that will be featured on the January cover of the magazine. To the left is the 2020 cover featuring a photo by Eric Dyck. Kansas Country Living tells the story of our rural Kansas communities and the people our electric co-ops serve. Photos should be a minimum of 8 x 10 inches at 300 dpi.

    • Kansas Country Living magazine carries out the mission of the state's 28 distribution electric cooperatives to help improve the quality of life of their consumer-members. The monthly magazine, with a circulation of approximately 128,000, reflects the lifestyles and cultures of rural, suburban and small-town Kansas and covers topics that impact rural electrification and the rural way of life.  
Royale Lightning by Tom Soetaert
  • State of the Storm — Capture the Kansas weather in all its glory (e.g., storms, rain, wind, snow, ice, clouds).  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
  • Healthcare Heroes (see example)— 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 group of any healthcare provider or first responder). Entries in this category may also be shared through our social media channels.   First Place winner will receive $75 and Second Place winner will receive $35.
Dia de los Muertos by Rosanna Munoz
  • Friday Night Lights & Weekend Highlights — People in action! 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 Rural Health Education and Services (RHES) annual holiday video 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. 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 t-shirt and credit in the video.

All photographs © their respective photographers. Used with permissions.


Dr. Nathan Sanderse by Amanda Sanderse

"FBA few weeks ago, my husband, who is an internist at KU Medical Center, was admitted for an emergency appendectomy. He sheepishly told the doctor on service that he knew he should have come in earlier but didn't want to be a bother. This was my husband's first hospital stay and first surgery. He was in the hospital for 3 days. As I drove him home after his stay he remarked how helpless he felt as a patient. How all his power was gone and he was at the mercy of the doctors and nurses and he didn't like that feeling of not having control. I thought he was going to criticize his care, but instead, he said, "I never thought that that must be what my patients feel." I am so proud to have a husband who works so completely at his job that he doesn't just better himself with lectures and textbooks, but with understanding patient care." - Submitted by Amanda Sanderse about Dr. Nathan Sanderse.

Last modified: Jan 30, 2020
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