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Student photo contest

Happy Birthday, Kansas! student photo contest

Your Community History 2017

August 1 - December 15, 2017

The Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest was the conceived by Marearl Denning with the legislative spouses. It is sponsored in conjunction with the Kansas Historical Society. Watch for information about next year's contest.

The contest is inspired by L. W. Halbe, a teenager who captured the scenes from his time and place growing up in Dorrance, Kansas. In 1908, with a small box camera, 15-year-old Halbe began taking photos of family and friends at work and play. He left us with a remarkable portrait of his view of Kansas, now among the Kansas Historical Society collections and available on Kansas Memory.

Kansas students today are invited to follow in Halbe's footsteps and leave a lasting record of their community. Photographs should convey this year's theme, Your Community History. Awards will be presented at the Kansas State Capitol as part of the Kansas Day celebration, Friday, January 26, 2018. First place winners from each grade level will receive iPads, second place entries from each grade level will receive Kindles.

We would like to thank our 2016-2017 event prize sponsors:

Gold: $500

  • Representative J. Stephen Alford - Kansas House District 117 - and Peggy Alford
  • Bukaty Companies
  • AT&T Kansas
  • Senator Jim Denning - Kansas Senate District 8
  • Marearl Denning
  • Kansas Association of Medicaid Health Plans
  • Reach Out Kansas, Inc.
  • Smithyman & Zakoura
  • Sunflower Health Plan

Silver: $200

  • Representative Barbara Ballard - Kansas House District 44
  • Senator Elaine Bowers - Kansas Senate District 36 - and Charles Bowers
  • Representative Rob Bruchman - Kansas House District 20
  • Whitney B. and Kathy Damron
  • Senator Tom Hawk - Kansas Senate District 22 - and Tamara Hawk
  • Ron and Julie Hein
  • Senator Garrett Love - Kansas Senate District 38
  • Representative Charles Macheers - Kansas House District 39 - and Diane Macheers
  • Senator Rick Wilborn - Kansas Senate District 35

Making a Difference in Your Kansas Community - 2016 contest

Your Kansas Community - 2015

Discovering Kansas - 2014

Contest beginnings