The Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) invites professional and amateur photographers to submit photographs for its second annual photo contest to showcase the natural beauty of ranching and grazing lands across the state. The competition, open to anyone, offers Kansans the chance to explore the many activities, seasons and faces of Kansas’ ranching tradition.
“We are excited to continue our photo contest after the overwhelming quality and quantity of photos we received last year,” says RTK board chairman Heather Fuesz of Eureka. “The grassland in our state has a story to tell and photos are a great way to tell those stories with others who share a love for agriculture and those who want to learn more.”
The contest, which runs through September 10, asks participants to submit photos expressing the mission of RTK: “To preserve Kansas’ ranching heritage and open spaces for future generations through the conservation of working landscapes.” This may include livestock, people and landscapes, with preference to grasslands, grazing lands with cattle, ranchers, ranching families and much more.
“All ages and skill levels are welcome,” Fuesz says. “The photo contest is all about capturing the beauty of Kansas’ grassland, cattle and people.”
The contest is open to anyone with an original photograph taken in Kansas since January 1, 2011. Participants may enter up to five photos. The categories include: landscape, livestock and people. The entry deadline for the contest is September 10, 2013. Entries will be judged by a panel of professionals in the field of photography and by RTK representatives.
A total of 10 prizes will be awarded to competition winners, sponsored by Wolfe’s Camera of Topeka. A $25 Wolfe’s Print Services Card and a certificate for 10 photo cards of the winning photo from Wolfe’s will be awarded to the winner in each category, while the single image selected as the overall winner will receive Promaster Catalina 8×30 Binoculars, a $25 Wolfe’s Print Services Card and a certificate for 10 photo cards of the winning photo from Wolfe’s. In addition, a youth (ages 5-17), a Fan Favorite via Facebook voting, a Kansas Livestock Association member winner and three honorable mentions each will receive a $25 Wolfe’s Print Services Card and a certificate for 10 photo cards of the winning photo from Wolfe’s.
For full contest rules and to enter, visit https://www.ranchlandtrustofkansas.org/2013photocontest.aspx. For questions, please contact Mike Beam at (785) 273-5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.