Benton County Citizens Contribute Photos to Local Economic Development Effort


(Corvallis, OR – July 2, 2013)

The City of Corvallis Economic Development Office is pleased to announce the winners of the “Say Cheese, Benton County!” photo contest. There were over 60 original photographs submitted for consideration and over 300 individuals voting for their favorite in several different categories.

“We are very pleased with the involvement of our citizens from across the county and are excited to be able to highlight some of our local talent to help with our economic development efforts.” says Corvallis Economic Development Manager Tom Nelson.

A panel that included Mayor Julie Manning, and Benton County Commissioner Jay Dixon selected all the winners. However, the highest number of individual votes determined the People’s Choice Award.

Congratulations to the following winners:

 People’s Choice Award (Most Public Votes): Marvel Vigil, “Daffy Times”

Daffy Times; photographed by Marvel Vigil

 Best Corvallis Area Photo: Gary Thurman, “Spring Courthouse”

Spring Courthouse; photographed by Gary Thurman

 Best Monroe Area Photo: Sydney Boyce, “Soaking in the Willamette”

Soaking in the Willamette; photographed by Sydney Boyce

 Best Alsea Area Photo: Gary Thurman, “Alsea Falls”

Alsea Falls; photographed by Gary Thurman

 Best Philomath Area Photo: Bob Boss, “Philomath Winter’s Day”

Philomath Winter's Day; photographed by Bob Boss

 Best Adair Photo: Ben McReynolds, “EE Wilson Adair Village”

EE Wilson Adair Village; photographed by Ben McReynolds

 Best Lifestyle Photo: Greta Hastings, “Mary’s Peak “

Marys Peak; photographed by Greta Hastings

 Best Arts & Culture Photo: Poage Photography, “Dance to the Arts”

Dance to the Arts; photographed by Poage Photography

 Best Outdoor Activities Photo: Kathleen Rochester, “Woodland Meadow Park-May”

Woodland Meadow; photographed by Kathleen Rochester

 Best Agricultural Business Photo: “, Sarah Page, “Romano Beans at the Saturday Market”

Romano Beans at Saturday Market; photographed by Sarah Page

 Best Forest Products Business Photo: Jack Larson, “Fog in the McDonald Forest”

Fog in the Mc Donald Forest; photographed by Jack Larson

 Best Nano-Micro Technology Business Photo: Neill Thornton, “Nanoscience at ONAMI”

Nanoscience at ONAMI; photographed by Neill Thornton

 Best Retailing/E-tailing Photo: Rick Kleinosky, “Downtown Hi-rise”

Downtown Highrise; photographed by Rick Kleinosky

 Best Research Photo: Kirstie Ferguson, “Campus”

OSU Campus; photographed by Kristie Ferguson

Winners of the contest receive a Certificate suitable for framing and recognition on the City of Corvallis website. Look for these and other photos on the Corvallis | Benton County Economic Development Office website scheduled to launch in Mid-July. Thanks to all the wonderful photographers who submitted photos!

To view the winning submissions on the city website, go to

For more information, please contact Economic Development Manager Tom Nelson at 541-766-6339.l