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Image of a snow-peaked mountain in the desert with blue sky in the background.
Congratulations to Jay Coberly of Inyo County for winning this year's Rural County Representatives of California's photography contest. Nice work, Jay!

RCRC Announces Winner of Sixth Annual Photo Contest

SACRAMENTO – The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) 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.

Image of a mountain range in the desert.

First Place Photo by Jay Coberly, 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. RCRC received over 260 photo entries into the contest including many photos of Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, and Mono counties.

Mr. 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, Mr. 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.

Image of Matt Kingsley.

Inyo County Supervisor Matt Kingsley.

“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 August 17th Board meeting with the county of origin revealed after the Board’s decision. 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.

Image of a person standing on a mountain at sunset with several mountain ranges off in the distance.

Second Place Photo by Andrew Scheer, Lassen County.

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.

About Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) is a thirty-nine member county service organization that champions policies on behalf of California’s rural counties. RCRC is dedicated to representing the collective unique interests of its membership, providing legislative and regulatory representation at the State and Federal levels, and providing responsible services for its members to enhance and protect the quality of life in rural California counties.

To learn more about RCRC, visit rcrcnet.org and follow @RuralCounties on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Image of a vineyard at sunrise.

Third Place Photo by Lynda Cortright, El Dorado County.


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