The Happy Birthday, Kansas! photo 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, Several girls wearing matching tshirts and colorful clothing walk in a color run.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.
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Rules and Judging:
The Happy Birthday, Kansas! photo contest will be held May 4 through October 31, 2015. Prizes will be awarded on Kansas Day, January 29, 2016, at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. In celebration of the state’s 155th birthday, the theme of the photo contest is Your Kansas Community.
All photographs must be shot between April 1 and October 31, 2015.
Boy sitting on horse, beautiful sunset in background.Eligible participants must be in grades first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th, or 12th during school year 2015 to 2016.
Twelve first place and 12 second place prizes will be awarded. First place prizes are iPads; second place prizes are Kindles.
Photos will be judged on creativity, technical achievement, depiction of theme, and composition.
Photos must be submitted online.
Photos submitted must not be digitally manipulated or enhanced. Digitally manipulated or enhanced photos will be disqualified. Cropping and color correction are acceptable.
A student may submit up to five photos but is only eligible for one prize.
In submitting photos, the photograph is transferring ownership to the Kansas Historical Society, thereby giving the Historical Society permission to make available to the public, sell images to researchers when requested, and use in publications, social media, websites, displays, and other places without payment or other consideration. Additionally, by submitting a photo that includes human subjects, the photographer is indicating they have obtained full permission from those subjects for the photograph to be used in these manners as well.
Photo entries should be high quality JPGs, 300 dpi, and no larger than 8 inch by 10 inch size.
Entries must include:
A title and brief description of each photo
City and county where the photo was taken
Photographer’s full name and age
Names of state representative and senator
Parent or guardian email address
Parent or guardian phone number
Photos must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. CDT October 31, 2015.
Winners will be announced on Kansas Day, January 29, 2016.
The Happy Birthday, Kansas! photo contest is sponsored by the Kansas legislative spouses in conjunction with the Kansas Historical Society.