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***Deadline for entries has been extended until 5 p.m. on Jan. 10***

The Center for Rural Development is launching a new photography contest, “Landscapes of our Region,” to celebrate the natural beauty of Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

The contest is to open to amateur photographers (18 years old or older) who live within The Center’s 45-county primary service area.

Grand Prize
The grand-prize winner will receive a one-night stay at Courtyard by Marriott in Somerset and VIP dinner and show package (for up to four people) to see the Center Stage performance of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” on Feb. 21, 2019 (valued at $300).

Images must be full color and contain a landscape within The Center’s service region.

Landscape is defined as a picture representing a view of natural scenery or a portion of territory that can be viewed at one time from one place. Photos with any form of people, faces, body parts, or silhouettes will not be accepted.

Photos taken with a digital camera, phone, or standard camera will be accepted. All entries must be high-resolution 8 x 10 or 10 x 8 hard copy images (do not frame or matte photographs) and submitted either on a CD or thumb drive. 

One entrant may enter up to three photos.

Each photo must have an entry form and must include:

  • Entrant’s full name, age, birth date, full mailing address, photo number, and email address
  • Location of photo subject
  • Caption for photo (can be the same as the location)

Each entry must be clearly labeled and include proper resolution.

How to enter photo contest

To be considered, entries must be mailed (not emailed) or dropped off in person, with hard copy and digital copy (CD or thumb drive) to:

The Center for Rural Development
Attn: Debra Hines
2292 South U.S. 27
Somerset, KY 42501

All contest entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2019.

Contact information

For more information or questions about the “Landscape of our Region” photography contest, call 606-677-6000 or email

All photos and images will become the sole property of The Center for Rural Development. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry that does not comply with any of the contest rules and regulations.

Click on the document to download contest rules and regulations