All photographers whose works are selected for exhibition in the 14th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition will be invited to a private Photographers Reception at the Turchin Center hosted by Bistro Roca Inventive American Cuisine, Peabody’s Merchants of Fine Beer and Wine, and Stick Boy Bread Company. All photographers who submit an image to the AMPC are eligible to participate, via a lottery system, in portfolio reviews with a professional photographer. The portfolio reviews will take place on Saturday, March 25.

Approximately 45 images will be selected for exhibition and awards will be given in 8 separate categories. A single image will be chosen as “Best in Show” and winning images will be selected from each of the seven categories. The public will have the opportunity to view all images selected for exhibition online beginning March 3, 2017 and vote for their pick for the Footsloggers People’s Choice Award.

Best In Show (Grand Prize):
$1,000 furnished through proceeds and sponsor contributions

Blue Ridge Parkway: A Place to Play
$250 cash award provided by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and a camera from Nikon Professional Services

Our Ecological Footprint:
$500 award ($250 cash award provided by Appalachian Voices and $250 gift certificate from the Mast General Store)

People’s Choice Award:
$350 gift certificate to Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters

Primary Category Winners:
Winners of the 4 primary categories (Adventure, Culture, Flora/Fauna, and Landscape) will receive gift certificate for $250 from the Mast General Store.

The Judging Process

All images submitted in accordance with competition guidelines will be eligible for preliminary judging. This first round of review will result in the selection of approximately forty-six images that will be exhibited at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University March 3 through June 2, 2015. Once the exhibition is installed our panel of judges will return to name one image as Best in Show and to select a winning image from each of the other competition categories. Our judges may also choose to acknowledge strong works in each of the categories by recognizing them with a Special Mention award.

Beginning with a public reception at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, the public will be invited to view (in the gallery or online) the images selected for exhibition and vote for their favorites as part of the Footsloggers People’s Choice Award.

Winning and Special Mention images will be announced at a private reception for photographers, jurors, and sponsors at the Turchin Center. Winning images will also be announced through the AMPC web portal, various media outlets, with labeled designation at the Turchin Center, and at the Banff Film Festival. Finalist images will be announced at the Banff Film Festival.

Judges Panel

Each year AMPC organizers select a panel of professional photographers to review all submissions and select those images that will be accepted into exhibition. Our judges’ photographic backgrounds vary considerably from fine art to photojournalism. Judges serve in a voluntary capacity and are not compensated for their time. Look for an announcement in the fall of 2016 about the judges selected for this year’s competition.