2019 Wild About Kansas Photo Contest Winners Announced

2019 Wild About Kansas Photo Contest Winner Robin Dicks of Marion in the Landscapes category.
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PRATT – The newest issue of Kansas Wildlife And Parks Magazine will be dedicated to photos illustrating Kansas, including those taken by winners of the seventh annual Wild About Kansas photo contest. Photographers of all skill levels and ages submitted photos to compete for top spots in one of five categories and were judged on creativity, composition, subject matter, lighting, and sharpness. A total of 27 images made the final cut and will be featured in Kansas Wildlife And Parks Magazine’s 2020 photo issue set to be mailed in January.

Submission categories included wildlife, outdoor recreation (not hunting or fishing), landscapes, other species (typically subjects that aren’t mammals or birds), and hunting and fishing. Results from the 2019 photo contest are as follows:



  • 1st: David Birmingham, Derby
  • 2nd: David Kiger, Pratt
  • 3rd: Marilyn Friesen, Inman

Outdoor Recreation

  • 1st: Mark Alexander, Newton
  • 2nd: Mary Mejia, Olathe
  • 3rd: Kelly Nachtigal, Newton


  • 1st: Robin Dicks, Marion (pictured)
  • 2nd: AJ Thomas, Shawnee
  • 3rd: Sheryll Marks, Wellington

Other Species

  • 1st: Jennifer Wagner, Spring Hill
  • 2nd: Mary Mejia, Olathe
  • 3rd: Chris Koster, Valley Center

Hunting and Fishing

  • 1st: AJ Thomas, Shawnee
  • 2nd: Donna Fletcher, Kingman
  • 3rd: Joe Lucas, Littleton, Colo.



  • 1st: Johanna Walker, Franklin
  • 2nd: Josie Parsons, Leavenworth
  • 3rd: Kylie Rankin, Oxford

Outdoor Recreation

  • 1st: Nathan Knapp, Seneca
  • 2nd: Adria Nelson, Garden Plain
  • 3rd: Lucas Dedonder, Abilene


  • 1st: Cayley Lindsey, Abilene
  • 2nd: Kylie Rankin, Oxford
  • 3rd: Max Callahan, Abilene

Other Species

  • 1st: Brea Carroll, Alma
  • 2nd: Stephen Knapp, Seneca
  • 3rd: Dan Jones, Abilene

To purchase a copy of the 2020 photo issue or to subscribe to Kansas Wildlife And Parks Magazine, call (620) 672-5911 or visit ksoutdoors.com/Services/Publications/Magazine.

Details on the 2020 contest will be made available on ksoutdoors.com this spring.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.