Pleasanton resident Ray Rychnovsky was recently recognized by the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) Excellence in Craft Awards. His photograph, "Geese Taking Wing," placed second in the Best Outdoor Action Photograph category.
Rychnovsky, who lives in Stoneridge Creek retirement community, had a career with Sandia National Laboratories but also has spent more than 70 years photographing nature.
He has written eight books on fishing including the San Francisco Bay Area Fishing Guide. He has also won many first-place awards in photography from OWAC as well as the national organization.
OWAC is the leading organization of professional outdoor media communicators in the western region, reporting on outdoor news from fly-fishing to leaf peeping, cooking on the trail, to vital legislation news and more for nearly four decades.
Now that shutdowns have resulted in more people turning to the outdoors, this reporting has become more valuable, noted OWAC president Carrie Wilson.
"An unwavering commitment to excellence and professional involvement in the outdoor media arts shone through in this year's entries," Wilson said. "I am proud to announce these awards and recognize these individuals for promoting the recreational prospects, issues and beauty of our great state."
The annual Excellence in Craft program acknowledges excellence from the prior year in reporting of outdoor recreation, sports and travel in both news and feature categories in media in print, broadcast and on the internet. Entries are judged by a panel of media professionals and editors.
This year's annual conference was canceled so the awards were presented remotely. For more information, visit www.owac.org.