13th Annual AMPC Has Begun!

13th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition

It’s that time again! The 13th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is open for registrations and submissions. Both professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit their best images at www.appmtnphotocomp.org. Between all of this year’s categories, the winners will receive over $4,000 in cash and prizes, and their photos will be viewed in person by thousands of people at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

We have a few exciting announcements about this year’s competition. Nikon Professional Services has joined AMPC as our newest sponsor, and they will be awarding a camera to the winner of the rotating Blue Ridge Parkway category. This year’s Parkway category is “Where the Parkway Meets the Sky.” Photographers are challenged to capture images that emphasize both the sky and some element of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Possibilities are night shots, stars, unique cloud formations, interesting weather, sunsets or sunrises, etc. We’re certain that this category is going to bring in some stunning images.

The second major change to the competition this year is the start of the new program “Portfolio Reviews.” All contestants will have the option to sign up for a one-on-one review of a portfolio of 20 of their images. Reviewers will include curators, Appalachian State University photography and art faculty, gallery owners, and publishers. Photographers to be reviewed will be selected by a lottery system and notified on Thursday, December 10, 2015. Portfolio Reviews are a great way to network with reviewers and photography colleagues. All registered contestants will receive an e-mail invitation to sign up for the lottery drawing after the close of the registration, so keep an eye out for e-mails from us!

For more information on how to submit your photos, visit our rules & guidelines page. If you could use some inspiration, check out the gallery of least year’s winners or our archives of every year’s finalist images.

As usual, please help us spread the word! We have press releases available on our media page. If you’re promoting the competition on Twitter, please use the hashtag #appmtnphoto.

Remember that a portion of the proceeds raised from the AMPC support Outdoor Programs Student Outdoor Learning Expeditions at Appalachian State University. SOLE trips take students around the world on educational journeys of discovery. Visit the Outdoor Programs website to learn more about this exciting program.

Thank you for your support this year and Happy Shooting!

About the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition:

The AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs, The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and Virtual Blue Ridge, the premier online resource for the Blue Ridge Parkway. AMPC is sponsored by the Mast General Store and receives generous support from Appalachian Voices;  Bistro Roca, Inventive American Cuisine; the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants; Nikon Professional Services: and Stick Boy Bread Company. For more information about this photography competition, please visitwww.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.

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