A youth from Chase County won an award for photography.
Lilly Hinkson of Cottonwood Falls won first place in the youth category of the 11th Annual Ranchland Trust of Kansas Photography Contest.
The photo, taken at the Hinkson family ranch, shows one cow staring at the camera while the others look down.
According to a written statement, photographers of all ages submitted photos that showcase RTK’s mission, “to preserve Kansas’ ranching heritage and open spaces for future generations through the conservation of working landscapes.”
The grand prize winner was Bruce L. Hogle of Leawood. Her photo was taken in Logan County in the Little Jerusalem Badlands. The image is an excellent representation of Kansas’ unique and diverse landscapes.
“It was one of those times when there was more color in the southern skies than in the west after sunset, which created a nice sidelight on the rock formations,” Hogle said. .
Conservation is important to Hogle and he supports the RTK mission by donating prints for auction fundraisers.
“In my view, humanity has been slowly destroying our home, Earth, for years. Conservation organizations are doing their best to preserve and protect our natural resources in an effort to ward off this onslaught,” he said. .
Tribune’s Rachael Sebastian won the Fan Favorite category for the second year in a row by receiving the most votes on RTK’s Facebook page.
“Ranching is an integral part of Kansas history and it’s something I’m proud to showcase in my photography – the ancient art of cowboy and cattle ranching here. ” said Sebastian.
The winning images were selected by a panel of representatives from RTK and the Kansas Livestock Association, as well as special guest judge and professional photographer Jim Richardson. Richardson is originally from Kansas and traveled the world as a National Geographic photographer for 35 years. It also speaks nationally and internationally.
Other winners include Landscape – Greg Kramos, Manhattan; Livestock – Danielle Johnston, Osborne; People – Kaycee Gross, Brownell; Sunrise/Sunset – Scott Bean, Manhattan; Wildlife – Haven Johnson, Assaria; KLA Member – Elizabeth Teter, Eureka; and honorable mention – Justine Henderson, Minneapolis.
The image is the exclusive sponsor of the contest. The local photo printing and framing shop in Wichita has been in business for over 25 years, specializing in their ready to hang plaque backing. Prizes are awarded to the top 10 winning photographers. All winning entries can be viewed on RTK’s Facebook page or website, located at www.ranchlandtrustofkansas.org.
RTK is an agricultural land trust affiliated with the Kansas Livestock Association, whose mission is to preserve Kansas’ ranching heritage and open up spaces for future generations through the conservation of working landscapes.