Gov. Sam Brownback launched the “Happy Birthday, Kansas!” student photography contest during the History and Environmental Fair at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka.
Brownback spoke to a group of fourth graders encouraging them to join with students across the state to discover and celebrate the people and places of Kansas through photographs. “You guys can capture the moment,” he said. “Help us make a picture of what our history is in the state of Kansas as we’re going through it.”
Marearl Denning, one of the legislative spouses who envisioned the contest and a photographer herself, explained the rules. The contest is open to Kansas students from first through 12th grade through Oct. 31, 2014. Winners will be announced as part of the state’s 154th birthday celebration at the Kansas State Capitol on Jan. 29, 2015.
The contest is jointly sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society.  For more information, visit