Jump to Navigation

Student photo contest

Happy Birthday, Kansas! student photo contest

Your Community History 2017

The deadline for submissions in this year's contest has passed.

Participants: First grade through high school, school year 2017 to 2018

Partners: Sponsored by the Kansas legislative spouses in conjunction with the Kansas Historical Society.

Prizes: First place winners from each grade level will receive iPads, second place entries from each grade level will receive Kindles.

Presentation: Awards will be presented at the Kansas State Capitol as part of the Kansas Day celebration, Friday, January 26, 2018.

Boy sitting on horse, beautiful sunset in background.Rules and Judging


  • First through 12th


  • Convey this year's theme, Your Community History
  • Tell a story based on the theme; document a moment in time
  • Be work of students and photographed in Kansas in 2017
  • Submit up to five entries to be eligible for one prize
  • High quality JPGs, TIFs, or PNGs, maximum 8 MB
  • May be cropped and color corrected but no other enhancements
  • Submitted using online entry form or send to kshs.information@ks.gov
  • Include title and brief description of each photo, photographer’s full name, age, school, grade, county where the photo was taken, hometown and mailing address, email address, phone number, parent or guardian name, statement of authorship
  • Confirmation email will be sent after submission

Photo above by Vivian Noelle Crandall, Olathe

Two kids jumping on hay bales.In submitting photos, the student photographer acknowledges this is his or her original work. By entering the photographer gives the Kansas Historical Society the right to include the image in the state's collections at the Kansas Historical Society. This means the image may be used for promotional or research purposes. The student will be credited wherever possible and appropriate. By submitting a photo that includes people, the photographer is indicating that he or she has obtained full permission from those subjects for the photograph to be used in these manners.

Photo above by David Knoblauch, Wichita

Students entries in 2017


  • Based on creativity, technical achievement, depiction of theme, and composition

The contest is not open to immediate family members of employees of the Kansas Historical Society and Kansas Historical Foundation.


This year's awards for first- and second- place prizes are made possible through donations from these people and organizations. Please help us thank them for their generosity.


  • Representative Scott Schwab - Kansas House District 49


  • AT&T Kansas
  • Representative J. Stephen Alford - Kansas House District 117 - and Peggy Alford
  • Bukaty Companies
  • Centene Management Company, LLC
  • Marearl Denning
  • Kansas Association of Medicaid Health Plans
  • Reach Out Kansas, Inc.
  • Law Firm of Smithyman & Zakoura


  • Representative John Barker - Kansas House District 70
  • Senator Elaine Bowers - Kansas Senate District 36 - and Charles Bowers
  • Representative Susan Concannon - Kansas House District 107
  • Senator Dan Kerschen - Kansas Senate District 26
  • Representative Greg Lewis - Kansas House District 113 - and Susan Lewis
  • Senator Carolyn McGinn - Kansas Senate District 31
  • Kenneth Selzer - Kansas Insurance Commissioner
  • Senator John Skubal - Kansas Senate District 11
  • Senator Richard Wilborn - Kansas Senate District 35
  • Representative Kathy Wolfe-Moore - Kansas House District 36


  • Representative Barbara Ballard - Kansas House District 44
  • Whitney B. Damron, PA, and Kathy Damron
  • Senator Bud Estes - Kansas Senate District 119
  • Federico Consulting, Inc.
  • Senator Tom Hawk - Kansas Senate District 22 - and Tamara Hawk
  • Ronald and Julie Hein
  • Senator Julia Lynn - Kansas Senate District 9

Past contests

Contest beginnings

The contest is inspired by L. W. Halbe, a teenager who captured the scenes in Dorrance, Kansas, in 1908. Halbe left a lasting record of his community. See his photographs online at Kansas Memory. Today's students can follow in Halbe's footsteps.