Photo Contest

The Photo Contest occurs at the Annual Conference. Participants are invited to submit rural Tennessee photographs.

Here are the rules.

Send us your original photography of rural Tennessee subjects, size 4 by 6 inches. Please specify which category your photo should be listed in from the following list: 

Color Prints 

1. Rural People – focus of the photo should be on people, not their background surroundings 

2. Nature/Rural Location and Objects- focus of the photo should be on nature, location or object; can have people in the picture but not as main focus. 

3. Rural Animals – focus of photo should be an animal in a rural setting.

Black & White Prints 

Any of the three topics above, but in black & white. 

No negatives, no sepias. Photos become the property of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee. Winner of each category will receive a monetary prize of $50, may be featured on our website and the RHAT 2018 conference brochure and program; Twitter, Youtube or any other social media platform. Submitter must be attending the RHAT conference. Photos become property of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee. Exhibitors are welcome to submit. 

Photographs that violate or infringe upon another person's copyright are not eligible. The photographer must hold all rights to submitted photographs, especially any photos in which a person is recognizable. Each photograph should be submitted with a caption of up to 60 words that identifies where and when the photo was taken. 


Please send your original rural photos, along with short description, to: 

PO Box 656, Decaturville, TN 38329

Photos must be received by November 4, 2017 via or at the address above or they may be hand delivered to the November conference.


Here are the winners by year.


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Color Photo By Sheila Freels Rural Places in Morgan County                                B&W Photo By Sheila Freels Rural People in Morgan County


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Color Photo By Gina Bumbalough Rural People                                                                   B&W Photo By Gina Bumbalough Rural Animal

80 yr old Dad Bushhogging in Coffee Co. TN                                                                          The Children Decided to Bring "Jack" a Flower.




Photo by Sheila Freels: Sunset in Morgan County: winner Rural Places 


Photo by Jackie Sircy: Grandson Playing with Soldiers in the Barn, winner Rural People 



"Butterfly Resting on Periwinkles"

Photo by RaSha Higdon, Huntingdon, TN
Winner Rural Places

 "Just Helping out on the Farm"

Photo by Rosemary Jeffers, Huntsville, TN
Winner Rural People



 Photo by Amanda Barlow, Winner, Rural People


 Photo by Amanda Barlow, Winner, Rural Places



 -Submitted by Alisa Johnson










 "Nick and Scrappy"

-Submitted by Derese Methvin
Man and his best friend taking a break from clearing land for a new home in southern Lawrence County, January 2009








"Visiting My Neighbor"
-Submitted by Sandra Eaton
The landscape matches the stories the photographer would listen to her neighbor tell upon her visits- magical




















"Cotton Picking Time in Tennessee"
-Submitted by Teresa Williamson
MaeLee and the bountiful pickings in Pulaski, TN








"Donkeys Communicating in Trousdale County"
-Submitted by Kim Kirby, RN









"Clematis on Wagon Wheel in Gray, Tennessee"
-Submitted by Kathy Loyd









"Natchez Trace, Lawrence County"
-Submitted by Derese Methvin








"Emily Revisits the Cows in Stewart County" 

(The same Emily featured on the homepage.)
-Submitted by Elaine Jackson



This was the first year of the photo contest. Here are a few of the photos.

 "Sunrise in Bon Aqua" 

Submitted by Darlene Swart


"Cabin in Eidson, TN"