Five-year-old Kobe Leigh of Bishop took this photo along the Bishop canal last weekend, showing early aptitude for and an interest in outdoor photography. All residents of Inyo and Mono counties, of any age, are invited to send in their best nature shots for The Inyo Registerâ€™s first annual calendar photo contest. Photo by Kobe Leigh
Advances in photographic technology over the past 10 years and one of the most photogenic settings on the planet have conspired to create amateur photographers out of a significant number of Inyo County residents.
More affordable and user-friendly digital cameras have helped untold numbers of residents discover hidden talents, nurture burgeoning careers as outdoor photographers or simply find a hobby that brings them closer to the Eastern Sierraâ€™s wild landscapes often referred to as â€śGodâ€™s country.â€ť
With so much talent out there with a wealth of material to photograph, it only seemed natural for The Inyo Register to turn to this talent pool for its First Annual Calendar Photo Contest â€“ a chance for local photographs to have their work hang in homes and offices throughout the country.
â€śWe see an amazing amount of beautiful photos captured by locals and shared via social media. Why not create a place where that picturesque moment you captured can be published, printed, purchased as a gift and shared with others,â€ť said Publisher Dion Agee.
Settling on the inaugural, 2014 theme of â€śLocal Beauty,â€ť the Register will be seeking scenic shots that highlight the splendor of Inyo County through all of its seasons â€“ from the golden and scarlet aspens of fall to the snow-capped, wind-whipped peaks of winter to the fragile blossoms of springâ€™s first flowers.
Read more in the Oct. 26, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.