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The winners have been announced for the Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) photo contest, which concluded September 10. Photos were to express the mission of RTK: “To preserve Kansas’ ranching heritage and open spaces for future generations through the conservation of working landscapes.”

“Each year we invite Kansas residents to submit photos that showcase the mission of RTK and Kansas ranching heritage,” said Samantha Kohman, RTK associate director. “The photos were particularly excellent this year. We had a wide variety of scenic photographs of our beautiful state to choose from.”Teresa Grove was the grand prize winner in this year’s contest. Her winning photo was taken of Jim Hoy on a Palomino horse at the annual Flames in the Flint Hills event this year at Flying W Ranch.

Carlton Heller of Emporia earned the Fan Favorite category for the third year in a row with 201 votes on RTK’s Facebook page. Over 1500 votes were cast on RTK’s Facebook page for the Fan Favorite category, which was a record breaking total for this event.

Additional winners in each category were: Landscape – Mike Miller of Manhattan; Livestock– John Morrison of Wichita; People – Donna Terrell of Lehigh; Youth – Ella Barrett of Grantville; KLA Member – Sandra Utter Levering of Coldwater; and Honorable Mention – Kate Hagans of Utica, Scott Bean of Manhattan, and Jake Pannbacker of Washington. All winning entries can be viewed at

A $25 Wolfe’s Print Services card and ten photo cards of each winning photo will be awarded to all top ten photo contest winners. Prizes are sponsored by Wolfe’s Camera of Topeka.

The photographs will be used, with the permission of the photographer, to promote Kansas’ ranching heritage and open spaces. They will also be featured on RTK’s website and social media sites.

RTK will have photo stationery cards for sale throughout the year featuring the 10 winning photos. Printed on premium cardstock, the folded cards are blank inside and come in packs of 10 with white envelopes. The cards can be purchased for $20 by contacting Samantha Kohman at 785-273-5115 or

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