The 13th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) is currently open for registration and submissions. Visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org/registration before the competition’s close on November 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to submit your photos online.
The competition will culminate in a professionally curated exhibition, which will be available to the public from March 4 to June 4, 2016. Approximately 50 images will be selected as finalists for the exhibition, and from those finalists a winner will be selected in each category, and one photo will be chosen as “Best in Show.” These category winners will receive a sum total of over $4,000 in cash and prizes, including a Nikon camera.
The finalist and winning images will be selected by a panel of jurors who have a professional background in photography and a love of the natural environment. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is pleased to announced the jurors for the 13th annual competition as Chip Williams, Dot Griffith, and Joshua White.
Chip Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Commercial Photography Department at Appalachian State University. Prior to coming to Appalachian State, Chip worked as a corporate and editorial freelance photographer and filmmaker for over 20 years in Chicago. He photographed for national magazines such as Smithsonian, US News & World Report, ESPN Magazine, Kiplinger’s, Money and Parade to name a few. Before he relocated to Appalachian and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chip was actively involved in prairie restoration, working extensively with the Lake County Forest Preserve District in Illinois as a client. He extensively photographed their work in this area, as well as wildlife monitoring and naturalist education. His work can be found at http://www.chipwilliams.com.
Dot Griffith is a photographer who studied at the University of Georgia in Athens. After spending time in Italy as a graduate assistant teaching photography, Dot moved to NYC, where she worked freelance for many years. She opened a studio in Atlanta, where she worked with architects, designers, and authors, as well as regional and national magazines. She eventually moved to the mountains of North Carolina to raise her family, and has since traveled extensively, both domestically with Appalachian Voices to photograph the effects of coal extraction and coal ash on our Appalachian mountains, and abroad with Waterkeeper Alliance to document the destruction coal use has wrought on the earth’s ecosystems. In her personal work, decay has been an ongoing focus that Dot continues to explore. She lives in Linville with her dog, Shug, two cats, and four chickens.
Joshua White’s work explores scientific themes in a poetic way, using sculpture, photography, and mixed media to investigate memory, mortality, ecology, and sustainability. His images have been shown nationally, most recently in a solo show at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts, and his series “A Photographic Survey of the American Yard” was featured in the September 2015 issue of National Geographic. White received his MFA in Photography from Arizona State University and is the Photography Area Coordinator in Studio Art at Appalachian State University.