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9/4/2013

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

WICHITA -- Now is the perfect time for Kansas shutterbugs to show the seemingly unknown Sunflower State beauty captured through their lenses. Kansas was named as the state with the worst scenery in a recent nationwide Business Insider poll, and this contest is a chance to prove these results are far from the truth.

Submissions for Rural Health Education and Services' eighth annual Rural Kansas Photography Contest are being accepted through Nov. 4. The contest is open to both Kansas residents and individuals working in Kansas ages 18 and older.

"We started this contest for Kansans to show the majestic beauty of our state and the wonderful way of living rural Kansans are accustomed to," said Joyce Grayson, RHES director. "After all, a picture is worth a thousand words."

Contest rules and entry forms are available at www.ruralhealth.kumc.edu. First- and second-place winners in each category will receive prizes. Winning photos will be published in the winter edition of RHES's Kansas Connections magazine, as well as on the RHES website.

The contest began in 2006 and has grown steadily each year. In 2012, there were 383 total entries. New categories have been added this year to showcase many eye-catching areas of the state.

Categories are:

* Community Landmarks: From historic venues to new additions -- landmarks that tell a story of communities both past and present.

* Four Seasons: Showcase the beautiful landscape of the seasons in Kansas (e.g., harvest, icy covered trees, spring blooms, summer sunsets, fall leaves).

* Winter Wonderland: One of the winter scenes from the Four Seasons category will be selected for the Rural Health Education and Services annual holiday card.

* Health Care: Here's why Kansas is a great place for health care providers to work (e.g., health care setting, first responders, wellness and awareness events, health care staff working or having a good time).

* Heartland Adventures: Capture the spirit and adventures of the heartland (e.g., memorial runs/walks, athletic events, parades, festivals, rodeos, pep rallies, ice cream socials, carnivals, cookouts, ceremonies, hiking, biking, water skiing, camping, farming, fishing, hunting).

* Wildlife and Critters: Anything fuzzy, furry, creepy or crawly (e.g., beloved pets, birds, insects, butterflies, cattle, horses, deer, frogs).

Rural Health Education and Services, a department of the University of Kansas Medical Center, was established in 1990 to improve the availability and number of health care providers in rural Kansas.