Another award for Crystal Socha
Crystal Socha, a talented photographer, author, , Belgian draft horse trainer, archer, and actor has won another award for her landscape photography.
Each summer from May to September, RTK invites photographers of all ages to submit photos that showcase the mission of RTK and Kansas’ ranching heritage. The mission of RTK is: “To preserve Kansas’ ranching heritage and open spaces for future generations through the conservation of working landscapes.”
Socha’s Sunset Over the Prairie was the grand prize winner in this year’s contest.
“I was so excited to hear that I won grand prize. I almost fell off my chair when I heard the news. I was hoping I'd place somewhere, but I never dreamed I'd get this!” said Socha.
Her photo was unique to the panel of judges because of the color and attention to detail. A guest judge said, “The way she made the brown winter grass look so elegant and beautiful is not easy to do, we had to reward her for capturing this beautiful sunset over the prairie.” Socha was able to capture the sun at the right moment to highlight the amber colored native prairie and rolling Flint Hills.
Another one of her Flint Hills photos also claimed the People’s Choice Award at the recent Kansas State Fair.
Socha also enjoys creating holiday outdoor decorations and illumination at the rural Augusta home she shares with her parents, Wayne and Marie Socha, and her brother Casey Socha, who is a talented glass artisan.
The family has just completed erecting their amazing Halloween display and invite motorists to drive by 10813 SW Tawakoni Road.