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.

Grand Jury Winner

"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

Runner Up

"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

Runner Up

"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

Runner Up

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

Runner Up

"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

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