Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing rural roads in the Country Roads Photo Contest with chances to win a Gift Card Bundle and more!

"It was exciting to see all the entries for this competition on Country Roads! Road are great - they lead us to places of mystery, adventure, beauty, and home, and many contestants captured that feeling of a road to wherever in their photographs. Not all gave enough emphasis to the road, though, and I felt that the road needed to be either the main subject or a strong element in the frame." - Brenda Tharp

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Brenda Tharp for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Brenda Tharp has spent the past 30 years honing her artistic vision and skills. Her nature and travel photographs appear in a variety of magazines, books, ads, and brochures, for clients that include British Gas, Chronicle, Chicago Natural History Museum, National Geographic, Nature Conservancy, National Park Service and Sierra Club, to name a few. Her fine art prints are sold through interior designers and gallery events.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner "Crossing-the-fields" by petersvoboda

Crossing-the-fields by petersvoboda - Country Roads Photo Contest

"I just loved the dream-like effect the photographer gave to this image in post-processing, but the low angle of light that defined the landscape and the warmth of the light, and sheep, all added up to a great picture for me." - Brenda Tharp

Congratulations Runner Up "The Chase " by warrenstowell

The Chase by warrenstowell - Country Roads Photo Contest

"while it’s simply a piece of farm machinery, it feels like an alien creature bearing down on the truck, and tells a story in a humorous way." - Brenda Tharp

Congratulations Runner Up "Texas Country Road" by lisablevins

Texas Country Road by lisablevins - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Showed great use of selective focus and a low point of view to make it feel like we’re emerging from the thicket and it expresses a bit of mystery, too." - Brenda Tharp

Congratulations Runner Up "Neat clouds" by SweetRay

Another storm by SweetRay - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Captures the drama of midwestern skies in the heartland of America, and the expansive feeling of big sky over the fields.  " - Brenda Tharp

Congratulations Runner Up "Road to wonderland" by Jan_Zajc

Road to wonderland by Jan_Zajc - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Even though the road is not large here, the snippets of it showing here and there still held the scene together and expressed the story of meandering through a stunning landscape in dramatic light." - Brenda Tharp

Congratulations Amateur Winner "l o n e l y " by EduardoAlvesLux

l o n e l y  by EduardoAlvesLux - Country Roads Photo Contest

Congratulations People's Choice "Up on the hill " by saintek

Up on the hill by saintek - Country Roads Photo Contest

"The way to the north " by mopimops

The way to the north by RalfvonSamson - Country Roads Photo Contest

"On the Road to North " by timoksanen

On the Road to North by timoksanen - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Mt Cook National Park " by Deb_Clark

Mt Cook National Park by Deb_Clark - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Aurora Borealis, Iceland " by aaronhill

"Farm road" by lisanicole

Farm road by lisanicole - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Finding Insperation " by HazerLive

Finding Insperation by HazerLive - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Moonlit Startrails " by amyth91

Moonlit Startrails by amyth91 - Country Roads Photo Contest

"the Road " by bendikstalheim

the Road by bendikstalheim - Country Roads Photo Contest

"A Thing of Beauty" by Imagine_Life

A Thing of Beauty by Imagine_Life - Country Roads Photo Contest

"The Road Ahead" by timboten

The Road Ahead by timboten - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Alberta Prairies" by JEKAMOBILE

Alberta Prairies by JEKAMOBILE - Country Roads Photo Contest

"The road to the church" by Geinis

The road to the church by Geinis - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Mountain Norway road and scenic landscape of Lofoten islands." by kireevart

Mountain Norway road and scenic landscape of Lofoten islands. by kireevart - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Where are you Forrest Gump?" by HaraldL

"Golden Road " by BastianHoppe

Golden Road by BastianHoppe - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Essence of Fall" by ChrisWilliamsEXP

Essence of Fall by ChrisWilliamsEXP - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Val D'Orcia, Land Of Gods" by ElenaParaskeva

Val D'Orcia, Land Of Gods by ElenaParaskeva - Country Roads Photo Contest

"On the Road" by petertang

On the Road by petertang - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Monument" by noahbryant

Monument by noahbryant - Country Roads Photo Contest

"_ALS0469" by anneschlueter

_ALS0469 by anneschlueter - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Windy Road" by byrnephotography

Windy Road by byrnephotography - Country Roads Photo Contest

"The King's Road" by Daniel-Photography

The King's Road by Daniel-Photography - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Road..." by kbrowko

Road... by kbrowko - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Autumn Mist" by Mike_M_Martin

Autumn Mist by Mike_M_Martin - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Lovely old country road" by rmr731

Lovely old country road by rmr731 - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Longing for travel" by Amanda_Leigh31

Longing for travel by Amanda_Wakefield - Country Roads Photo Contest

"West Virginia Road" by R_Tom_Sizemore_III

West Virginia Road by R_Tom_Sizemore_III - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Winter magic" by JohnStager

Winter magic by JohnStager - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Silent Sanctuary " by Tila

Silent Sanctuary  by Tila - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Lanzarote road" by felicebellini

Lanzarote road by felicebellini - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Stange - Norway" by Huner

Stange - Norway by Huner - Country Roads Photo Contest

"road" by MariLaegreid

road by MariLaegreid - Country Roads Photo Contest

"21-03-25" by PWMManchesterUK

21-03-25 by PWMManchesterUK - Country Roads Photo Contest

"SD Badlands Sunset" by EvaBareis

SD Badlands Sunset by EvaBareis - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Lonely Road" by jrfleury

Lonely Road by jrfleury - Country Roads Photo Contest

"The Start of the Hunt" by paulwild

The Start of the Hunt by paulwild - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Down the road " by EstelleTimony

Down the road  by EstelleTimony - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Country road to sunset" by q-liebin

Country road to sunset by q-liebin - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Autumn Lane (Nevada 2007)" by FalconEyesPhotography

Autumn Lane (Nevada 2007) by David_Blakley_Photography - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Icelandic Church " by vitoservideo

Icelandic Church by vitoservideo - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Val D'Orcia " by MaurizioCasulaPhoto

Val D'Orcia  by MaurizioCasulaPhoto - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Sentinels of The Nevis " by martinkohn

Sentinels of The Nevis by RemarkableImagery - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Winter sunrise " by alechickman

Winter sunrise by alechickman - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Number Seventy Four " by TimSmith67

Number Seventy Four by TimSmith67 - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Autumn Visions - White Mountains, New Hampshire " by cmwieber

Autumn Visions - White Mountains, New Hampshire by cmwieber - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Night watch " by swqaz

Night watch by swqaz - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Round the bend " by shaun_denholm

Round the bend by shaun_denholm - Country Roads Photo Contest

"The Traveler " by jnrr

The Traveler by jnrr - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Workhorse " by SproutedAcornPhotography

Workhorse by SproutedAcornPhotography - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Road to nowhere " by ErikDerbyPhotography

Road to nowhere  by ErikDerbyPhotography - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Stormy Autumn Twilight " by DerekKind

Stormy Autumn Twilight by DerekKind - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Follow the Fall " by StephenBridger

Follow the Fall by StephenBridger - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Axtell Aceny Road " by Aflorer

Axtell Aceny Road  by Aflorer - Country Roads Photo Contest

"RAINY " by Missklik

RAINY by Missklik - Country Roads Photo Contest

"tree on the hill " by wolfman57

tree on the hill by wolfman57 - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Heading Home " by Mariko

Heading Home by Mariko - Country Roads Photo Contest

"_DSC6233 Hill Rd SR " by KoralC

_DSC6233 Hill Rd SR by KoralC - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Mt Garfield in HDR " by brandydement

Mt Garfield in HDR by brandydement - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Castelluccio " by giovannivolpe

Castelluccio by giovannivolpe - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Close Call " by patrickkulwicki

Close Call by patrickkulwicki - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Take a Right at the Barn " by phil1

Take a Right at the Barn by phil1 - Country Roads Photo Contest

"Road to Mission Peak " by markcote

Road to Mission Peak by markcote - Country Roads Photo Contest

"The Color of fall " by AnneDphotography