The Rural County Representatives of California is pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 Rural County Photo Contest, with this year’s first place prize going to Jay Coberly for his spectacular photo of a mountain range and surrounding valley in Inyo County. Photographers, amateur and professional alike, from all over California submitted photographs in this year’s Rural County photo contest, capturing the splendor of California’s rural counties.
Andrew Scheer received second place for his photo displaying a sunset vista from Mount Lassen in Lassen County and Lynda Cortright received third place for her photo of a fall vineyard in El Dorado County.
Coberly’s winning photograph displays the scenic mountain range and valley of the Inyo National Forest and is a great depiction of the varied topography found throughout California’s rural communities.
A current retiree and resident of Modesto in Stanislaus County, Coberly’s prior career in truck driving provided him the opportunity to travel to a variety of locations across the nation. As a result, he continues to have a passion for exploring rural terrain and photographing the beautiful landscapes in California.
“Congratulations to Jay Coberly for taking the top honor in RCRC’s 6th Annual Rural County Photo Contest,” said Inyo County Supervisor and RCRC Board Delegate Matt Kingsley. “His photo of the Inyo National Forest expertly captures the beauty of Inyo County’s natural landscapes and highlights one of the many breathtaking recreational areas our region has to offer.”
The RCRC Board of Director’s chose the winning photograph, including the second and third place finalists, at their Aug. 17 board meeting with the county of origin revealed after the board’s decision.
The RCRC Rural County Photo Contest was established to promote tourism and local economic development through showcasing the beautiful landscape, scenery, activities, history, and charm of RCRC’s member counties. Mr. Coberly’s image will be prominently displayed during RCRC’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Napa County in September and may be featured in various RCRC marketing materials or work products, along with other photo submissions, throughout the next year.