15th Annual AMPC Jurors Announced

(Boone, NC) The 15th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) received over 1,000 submissions this year, a near record of images submitted. “We were thrilled with the number of submissions this year,” states AMPC organizer Rich Campbell. “We had fantastic participation, and now the fun part begins. Jurors will begin the process of going through every image and narrowing the number of images to approximately 50, which will be selected for the exhibition this year.  The exhibition runs from March 2 to June 2, 2018 in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.” The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition will showcase images in numerous categories including winning images with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.  

A partnership between Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and Virtual Blue Ridge, AMPC celebrates the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians and attracts entries from across the United States. The AMPC is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Mast General Store, who are providing gift certificates for all category award winners this year. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition has grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions with 1,082 submissions this year and will be viewed in person by an estimated 8,000 people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts. Supporters of the AMPC include: Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Footsloggers, Nikon, Peabody’s, Smoky Mountain Living, and Stick Boy Bread Company.

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition will culminate in a professionally curated exhibition, which will be available to the public from March 2 to June 2, 2018 in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. All of the images are selected by a panel of jurors who have a professional background in photography and love for the natural environment. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is pleased to announce the jurors for the 15th annual competition as Garner Dewey, Craig Dillenbeck, and Cheryl Zibisky.

Dr. Garner Dewey

Dr. Garner Dewey has been at Appalachian State University since 2003 when he was hired as a faculty member in the Industrial Drafting and Design program (now Industrial Design). Prior to his arrival at ASU, he was at the University of Georgia where he completed his PhD. In addition to being an accomplished photographer and 3D modeler here in Boone, Dr. Dewey has taught photography courses on photography, art and design in his home country of Costa Rica, as well as in Austria, Cuba and Spain. Since 2013 he has served as the QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) Director on Global Learning and this October he is also serving as the Interim Associate Dean for the College of Fine and Applied Arts. His two most recent exhibitions took place at the Blowing Rock and History Museum where he displayed photographs from Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Washington DC. He is married and has two sons.

Craig Dillenbeck

Craig joined the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in 2015 as Lead Installer and Preparator. He works closely with curator, Mary Anne Redding, and often works directly with artists represented at the Turchin Center and brings his special talents to insure all artwork is exhibited beautifully and effectively. Craig received his B.S. in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Technical Photography from Appalachian State University in 2005. He continues to make photographs, primarily in the outdoor lifestyle arena — and also having the pleasure of working as a cameraman for a segment of Flatlander Films’ documentary Frost, telling the story of legendary rock-climber, photographer and environmental activist, Tom Frost. The film is in post-production and will premiere in 2018.

Cheryl Zibisky

Born in Detroit, but raised in the south, Cheryl had 10 great years in Brooklyn, New York. While in New York she enjoyed capturing the colorful urban life that surrounded her. She discovered the love of food while photographing new restaurants for New York Magazine. Her escapes from the city included train rides to Montauk or up the Hudson Valley to fly fish. Now, back in the south, she finds inspiration while hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Zibisky earned her MFA in Photography in January 2017 from New Hampshire Institute of Art. She has been teaching photography in the Commercial Photography Program at Appalachian State University for past six years while also working as a commercial photographer in addition to her artistic practice. Her work has been exhibited in approximately 15 group shows and one solo show. Recent work has been shown in “Art Through the Lens International Juried Photography Exhibition”, “Center Forward” at The Center for Fine Art Photography and “New River Art Biennial 2017” at the Floyd Center for the Arts. Her commercial work has been published in over 20 different national magazines, as well as a handful of local and regional publications. In October 2016, her work was featured on the cover of Southern Living. Her fine art work can be found here: www.cherylzibisky.wixsite.com/artist  and her commercial work may be viewed at www.cherylzibisky.com

“We are thrilled to announce our jurors this year. They have a very broad background in photography and love for the outdoors and will provide a strong and varied perspective from which to view the images,” states AMPC competition organizer, Rich Campbell. “We are excited to have these individuals be a part of the AMPC who will dedicate their time, talent, and expertise to the competition this year.”

“We are also excited about continuing our popular initiative this year where everyone who submits an image to the AMPC will have the opportunity to register for a large number of Portfolio Review Sessions with jurors, professional photographers, and others in the photography industry” states Campbell. “This initiative is designed to be an informative and educational opportunity made available, free of charge, for as many people as possible who have submitted images to the AMPC this year.”

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.  Jurors Garner Dewey, Craig Dillenbeck, and Cheryl Zibisky will review all entries and narrow them down to approximately fifty images that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, March 2 to June 2, 2018. From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition and at the 22nd annual Banff Film Festival March 23 and 24, 2018.

For more information about this photography competition, please visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.

 

About 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. AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Mast General Store. AMPC receives generous support from Appalachian Voices;  Bistro Roca, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Inventive American Cuisine; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Nikon; Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants; Smoky Mountain Living; and Stick Boy Bread Company. For more information about this photography competition, please visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.

15th Annual AMPC Has Begun!

15th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography CompetitionIt’s that time again! The 15th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is open for registrations and submissions. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit at www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition’s close at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 17, 2017. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.  

A partnership between Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and Virtual Blue Ridge, the AMPC celebrates the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians. Attracting entries from across the United States, the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition has grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions with almost 1,000 submissions last year and viewed in person by thousands of people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts in Boone, North Carolina. The AMPC is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Mast General Store, with support from Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Footsloggers, Peabody’s, Nikon Professional Services, and Stick Boy Bread Company.

This year’s competition has one exciting change. In previous years, photographers were limited to 3 images per category, but due to the popular request, the limit has been increased to 15 images per category. See the rules & guidelines for more information.

Competition organizers are excited to announce this year’s Blue Ridge Parkway category theme, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and Nikon Professional Services, which is “The Parkway in Color – Capturing the Changing Seasons.” Photographers are encouraged to document the multitude of colors that come and go every year along the Parkway, marking the passing of time through each of the four seasons in the Parkway’s natural habitats. The winning image in this category will receive a $250 cash award, provided by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and a camera from Nikon Professional Services.

Another exciting category for the AMPC this year, highlighting our commitment of raising awareness of the natural environment through this competition is the Our Ecological Footprint category, which is intended to document environmental concerns in the Southern Appalachians. Photographers are encouraged to capture an image that represents our ecological footprint in a creative and poignant way. Appalachian Voices and the Mast General Store are partnering to present this award which will go to the photographer who best captures the spirit of this category with a $500 cash prize package.

Additional competition categories this year include Best in Show, which wins a $1,000 cash prize, the People’s Choice Award presented by Footsloggers which will receive a $350 gift certificate, and the following categories of Culture, Adventure, Flora and Fauna, and Landscape, will each win $250 prize packages from the Mast General Store.

A panel of professional photographers will review all entries and narrow them down to approximately 50 images that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, March 2 – June 2, 2018. From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition.

For the third year in a row, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) is bringing back a popular program open to all photographers who submit their artwork to the annual competition. In-person portfolio reviews will be available on a lottery system, which will give photographers a chance to have a one on one portfolio review with one of our professional photographers who are leading the reviews this year.

The AMPC website, designed and maintained by Virtual Blue Ridge, features the competition’s archives of finalist images. The Galleries section of the site offers one-click access to every finalist image from the past 14 years, making the AMPC archives one of the most comprehensive juried galleries of the Southern Appalachians.

Thank you for your support this year and Happy Shooting!

About Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition:

The AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs and The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge, the premier online resource for the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Mast General Store. AMPC 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 visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.

14th Annual AMPC Winners Announced

14th-annual-ampc-logo-title-onlyOrganizers of the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition  have announced the winners of the 14th annual competition.

Cathy Anderson  and the  image South Mountain Wildfire (below) took top honors, receiving the designation of Best in Show. Anderson  will take home a cash award of $1,000 furnished through competition proceeds.

"South Mountain Wildfire" by Cathy Anderson
“South Mountain Wildfire” by Cathy Anderson

Robert Stephens’ image An Entrance to Winter (below)  is the public’s pick in this year’s Footsloggers’ People’s Choice Award and will receive $350 cash award furnished by Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters.

"An Entrance To Winter" by Robert Stephens
“An Entrance To Winter” by Robert Stephens

 

14th Annual Winners List

In the table below, we have listed all the winners for top honors, categories, and special mentions.

14th Annual Best In Show South Mountain Wildfire
by  Cathy Anderson
14th Annual People’s Choice Award An Entrance to Winter
by  Robert Stephens


AMPC Category Winners

Adventure
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Boardwalk in the Fog
by Lynn Willis
Blue Ridge Parkway – A Place to Play
$250 award from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and a $250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Summer Days
by  Ryan Davis
Culture
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Granny’s Got a Gun
by  Candice Corbin
Our Ecological Footprint
$250 award from Appalachian Voices and a $250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Top Burden Valley Fill
by  Lynn Willis
Flora & Fauna
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Eternal Beauty
by  Ronald Kevin Combs
Landscape
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
An Entrance to Winter
by  Robert Stephens


Honorable Mention

Three additional photographers have been recognized as having images of  distinction and merit and received Special Mention Honors from the judges.

Adventure Gone Huntin’
by  Candice Corbin
Culture Taxidermy
by  Candice Corbin
Culture Cherokee Indian
by Byron

14th Annual Winners Gallery

Your participation this year will help to make the Student Outdoor Learning Expeditions through ASU’s Outdoor Programs an experience of a lifetime for many students. Thank you for your unwavering support and enthusiasm!

AMPC is funded through the generous contributions of our partners, sponsors and supporters. You can provide needed operational support to AMPC by choosing to make a donation and/or offering us feedback on your user experience.

If you, or someone you know, would like to participate as a competition sponsor or supporter, please contact Rich Campbell, Competition Director, at 828-262-2475.

Click here for AMPC press & media resource information.

14th Annual AMPC Finalists Announced

This year’s panel of esteemed jurors have selected 47 finalists for this year’s Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, from nearly 1,000 submissions.

Final judging to select this year’s Best In Show and individual category winners will take place prior to the public exhibition opening on March 3, 2017 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC.  The exhibition and voting for the People’s Choice Award opens on Friday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m. and closes on March 24, 2017 5:00 p.m.

Once voting for the People’s Choice Award ends on March 24, 2017, competition organizers will announce this year’s award winners on www.appmtnphotocomp.com and www.facebook.com/appmtphotocomp the following day.

Congratulations to this year’s finalists and thanks to everyone for submitting such great images! Your entry fees not only help raise funds for Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs SOLE Trips for students, but also show the world the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians.

And the finalists are . . .

Adventure :: Imagery depicting mountain sports such as climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, etc.
Candice Corbin “Gone Huntin'”
Candice Corbin “Taxidermy”
Cathy Anderson “Exploring the Great Channels”
Derek DiLuzio “Big Ivy Trail Running”
Mary Pression Roberts “Abstract Fall Reflections”
Shawn Mitchell “Rough Ridge Stargazing”
Steve Yocom “Round the Fire”
Blue Ridge Parkway – A Place to Play :: A rotating category each year with a different theme.
Alan R Clark “Hiking to the Pinnacle”
Angela Beck “Appalachian Angler”
Candice Corbin “Run Bobby Run”
Jameson Midgett “Balance Partners”
Lynn Willis “Boardwalk in the Fog”
Micah J. Henry “A Foggy Walk”
Ryan Davis “Summer Days”
 Ryan Gaglianese-Woody “Freedom”
Steve Yocom “Thin Blue Line”
Culture :: Imagery depicting the people, their customs, traditions, architecture, and ways of life unique to the Southern Appalachian region.
Beverly Slone “Working Hands”
Brad McCroskey “The Fruits of Labor”
Byron “Cherokee Indian”
Candice Corbin “Granny’s Got a Gun”
Dale Carlson “Almost Home”
J P Jackson “Wallace Place”
Kathy Roberts “Banjo Player”
Mark Roberts “Preaching to Times Past”
Ronald Kevin Combs “Brothers”
Environment :: Imagery documenting environmental concerns in Central and Southern Appalachia.
Cathy Anderson “South Mountain Wildfire”
Jim Magruder “Invasive Species – KUDZILLA!”
Lynn Willis “Top Burden Valley Fill”
Shawn Mitchell “Fire in the Gorge”
Skip Sickler “Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder”
Terri Campbell “Tire’d…”
Flora and Fauna :: Imagery of plants and animals common to the Southern Appalachians.
Braam Oberholster “Cataloochee Fall”
Christopher Burton “Grasshopper”
Debbie Biddle “Carolina Grass of Parnassus”
Devin Ulery “Burley Tobacco”
Jeffrey Stoner “The Bell-Ringer”
J Smilanic “Spring Pathway”
Linda Sipress Goodwin “Grasshopper Among the Mushrooms”
Mandy Quinzi “Blue Ridge Brook”
Mary Presson Roberts “Waterfall Plants”
Ronald Kevin Combs “Eternal Beauty”
Landscape :: Scenic imagery capturing the rich diversity and natural beauty of the Southern Appalachian region.
Alan R Clark “Morning Fog”
Charles Johnson “Whirlpool”
Kathryn Grevin “A Novel View of Grandfather Mountain”
Mandy Quinzi “Solitude in Pisgah Forest”
Mark Roberts “After the Storm (Dancing Snoopy)”
Robert Stephens “An Entrance to Winter”

For more information about this photography competition, please visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.

14th Annual AMPC Has Begun!

 

14th-annual-ampc-logo-title-onlyIt’s that time again! The 14th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is open for registrations and submissions. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit at www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition’s close at 5pm on Friday, November 18, 2016. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.  

A partnership between Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and Virtual Blue Ridge, the AMPC celebrates the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians. Attracting entries from across the United States, the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition has grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions with over 1,000 submissions last year and viewed in person by over 8,000 people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts. The AMPC is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Mast General Store. Supporters of the AMPC include: Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Footsloggers, Peabody’s, Nikon Professional Services, and Stick Boy Bread Company.

“We are thrilled with the competition right now” states Rich Campbell, Associate Director for Outdoor Programs and Competition Director for the AMPC. “Part of that excitement is with our new website that has been redesigned from the ground up by sponsor Virtual Blue Ridge.com offering photographers a much more user-friendly experience. In addition to easier navigation, it also offers one click access to every finalist image from the past 13 years. We think that this archive of images is one of the most comprehensive juried galleries of the Southern Appalachians.”

Competition organizers are excited to announce this year’s Blue Ridge Parkway Category theme, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and Nikon Professional Services, which is “Blue Ridge Parkway – A Place to Play”. Photographers are encouraged to document how the Parkway offers many opportunities for folks of all ages to play outdoors…. challenging the photographer to capture how they see the park as a source of recreation and to capture the connection to our fun and its natural bounty. The winning image in this category will receive a $250 cash award, provided by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and a camera from Nikon Professional Services.

Another exciting category for the AMPC this year, highlighting our commitment of raising awareness of the natural environment through this competition, is the Our Ecological Footprint Category which is intended to document environmental concerns in the Southern Appalachians. Photographers are encouraged to capture an image that represents our ecological footprint in a creative and poignant way. Appalachian Voices and the Mast General Store are partnering to present this award which will go to the photographer who best captures the spirit of this category with a $500 cash prize package.

Additional competition categories this year include Best in Show, which wins a $1,000 cash prize, the People’s Choice Award presented by Footsloggers which will receive a $350 gift certificate, and the following categories of Culture, Adventure, Flora and Fauna, and Landscape, will each win $250 prize packages from the Mast General Store.

In celebration of the 14th annual AMPC exhibition the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) is bringing back a popular program from last open to all photographers who submit their artwork to the annual competition. In-person portfolio reviews will be available on a lottery system, which will give photographers a chance to have a one on one portfolio review with one of our professional photographers who are leading the reviews this year.

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.  A panel of professional photographers will review all entries and narrow them down to approximately 50 images that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, March 3 – June 2, 2017. From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition.

Thank you for your support this year and Happy Shooting!

About Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition:

The AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs and The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge, the premier online resource for the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Mast General Store. AMPC 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 visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.

13th Annual AMPC Winners Announced

13th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography CompetitionOrganizers of the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition today announced the winners of the 13th annual competition.

James K. Fay and the image Brother Carol (below) took top honors, receiving the designation of Best in Show. James will take home a cash award of $1,000 furnished through competition proceeds.

Steve Yocom’s image Winter Fairy Tale  (below)  is the public’s pick in this year’s Footsloggers’ People’s Choice Award and will receive $350 cash award furnished by Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters.

 

13th Annual Winners List

In the table below, we have listed all the winners for top honors, categories, and special mentions.

13th Annual Best In Show Brother Carol
by James K. Fay
13th Annual People’s Choice Award Winter Fairy Tale
by Steve Yocom


AMPC Category Winners

Adventure
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Celestial Hangover
by Brandon Jett
Blue Ridge Parkway – Beyond the Black Top
$250 award from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and a $250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway
by Scott Ramsey
Culture (tie)
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Robert with Christmas Dinner
by Elle Olivia Anderson
Tom and Roxie

by Elle Olivia Anderson
Our Ecological Footprint
$250 award from Appalachian Voices and a $250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Nest, found near Boone, NC, with plastic netting
by James M. Davidson
Flora & Fauna
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Dripping Triptych
by Raven Moffett
Landscape
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Wuthering
by Tim Williams


Honorable Mention

Three additional photographers have been recognized as having images of distinction and merit and received Special Mention Honors from the judges.

Our Ecological Footprint Aftermath
by Lynda Ward
Landscape Appalachian Nocturne
by Nathan Sales

13th Annual Winners Gallery

Your participation this year will help to make the Student Outdoor Learning Expeditions through ASU’s Outdoor Programs an experience of a lifetime for many students. Thank you for your unwavering support and enthusiasm!

AMPC is funded through the generous contributions of our partners, sponsors and supporters. You can provide needed operational support to AMPC by choosing to make a donation and/or offering us feedback on your user experience.

If you, or someone you know, would like to participate as a competition sponsor or supporter, please contact Rich Campbell, Competition Director, at 828-262-2475.

Click here for AMPC press & media resource information.

15 AMPC Finalist Photos of Breathtaking Winter Scenery

Winter in the Appalachian Mountains is alternately soft, brutal, and beautiful. Check out these fifteen AMPC finalists photos of breathtaking winter scenes to remind yourself just how magical mountain winters can be.

And be sure to check out the finalists for this year’s competition on our Gallery page, and also at the finalists exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, North Carolina starting on March 4, 2016.

13th Annual AMPC Finalists Announced

13th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography CompetitionThis year’s panel of esteemed jurors have selected the 50 finalists for this year’s Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, from over 1,100 submissions.

Final judging to select this year’s Best In Show and individual category winners will take place prior to the public exhibition opening on March 4, 2016 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC.  The exhibition and voting for the People’s Choice Award opens on Friday, March 4 at 5:00 p.m. and closes on March 18, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Once voting for the People’s Choice Award ends on March 18, 2016, competition organizers will announce this year’s award winners on www.appmtnphotocomp.com and www.facebook.com/appmtphotocomp the following day.

Congratulations to this year’s finalists and thanks to everyone for submitting such great images! Your entry fees not only help raise funds for Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs SOLE Trips for students, but also show the world the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians.

And the finalists are . . .

Adventure :: Imagery depicting mountain sports such as climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, etc.
Drew Bennett Open Water Workout
Dylan McKinney Soul Surfing
Eric Heistand Grandfather Mountain Men
Kristian Jackson Black/White Diamond
Lynn Willis Edge of a Dream
William Mauney Stateline Falls – Watauga River Race 2014
Brandon Jett Celestial Hangover
Blue Ridge Parkway – Where the Parkway Meets the Sky :: A rotating category each year with a different theme.
Andrew Caldwell The Sentinel
Hanna Wilson Thunder Hill Overlook
Scott Ramsey Picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Sharon Canter Nightfall at the Manor
Todd Feldman Raven’s Roost in Black & White
Alison E. Foster Carriage Trail Clouds
Andi Gelsthorpe Wrong Feet The Lump MP264.4
Culture :: Imagery depicting the people, their customs, traditions, architecture, and ways of life unique to the Southern Appalachian region.
James K. Fay Killing Hog
Jason Tarr American Blessings
Maggie Flanigan Maggie’s Lights
Micah J. Henry Making Molasses, Alexander Co., NC
Mitzi Gellman Boone Fork Baptism
Elle Olivia Anderson Robert with Christmas Dinner
Elle Olivia Anderson Tom and Roxie
James K. Fay Brother Carol
James K. Fay Hanging the Top
Environment :: Imagery documenting environmental concerns in Central and Southern Appalachia.
James M. Davidson Nest, found near Boone, NC, with plastic netting
Heather Wolf Turner Cannon Memories
Amy Morrison Hayden Oil beauty after the storm
Adam Webster Polluted Paradise
Sam Brown Helping Hives
Lynda Ward Aftermath
Keely Kernan Coal
Keely Kernan Cabin Creek
Jason Tarr Down the Drain
Flora and Fauna :: Imagery of plants and animals common to the Southern Appalachians.
Jeffrey Stoner Al dente
Joseph Balcken Collection
Raven Moffett Dripping Triptych
Rob Moore Bo the Red-tailed Hawk
Steve Yocom Winter Fairy Tale
Chuck Almarez After the Rain
Deborah Scannell Morning Catch
Halle Keighton Black Crow
Landscape :: Scenic imagery capturing the rich diversity and natural beauty of the Southern Appalachian region.
Nathan Sales Appalachian Nocturne
Robert Vance Rock, Water, Leaves
Skip Sickler Grandfather Mountain – June 13, 2014
Skip Sickler Sunrise, Mile-High Bridge, Grandfather Mountain
Tim Williams Wuthering
Annkatrin Rose Forest Tunnel
Cathy Anderson Widow’s Creek Falls
Charles Johnson CJ Ice and Waterscape
Chris Almerini Frozen Linville Falls
Kathryn Greven The North Star

For more information about this photography competition, please visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.

Reviewers Announced for New Portfolio Review Program

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is proud to be offering a new program this year called “Portfolio Reviews.” Portfolio reviews are 20-minute, in-person, one-on-one review sessions with curators, Appalachian State University photography faculty, gallery owners, and publishers, in which the photographer and reviewer will discuss a portfolio of 20 of the photographer’s best images.

Portfolio Reviews are a great way to network with reviewers and photography colleagues. Below is a list of the reviewers for this year’s program. Read on for more detailed biographies.

  • Brian Bookwalter
  • Martin Church
  • Bridget Conn
  • Lauren Greenwald
  • Dot Griffith
  • Ann Pegelow Kaplan
  • John Latimer
  • Michael O’Neill
  • Jessica Christine Owen
  • Joshua White
  • Chip Williams

Brian Brookwalter

Brian Brookwalter earned a BA in Economics and Environmental Science from Bucknell University and his MS degree in Photography from The Brooks Institute of Photography. Brian has owned and operated Bookwalter Photography LLC since 2002 specializing in architectural, editorial, and commercial photography. Bookwalter Photography has been based in Indianapolis, IN, Houston, TX and Boone, NC. In the past 12 years he has had over 2000 of his images published in regional, national and international magazines, including 120 covers. Brian is currently an Assistant Professor in the Commercial Photography program at Appalachian State University.

Martin Church

Martin Church is a lifelong student of photography. A native of Watauga County, he was first taught black and white photography at Mabel Elementary School by the school librarian, Mable Mast. His first inspiration was the landscape of the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Later, as a student at Virginia Intermont College, he was trained in Ansel Adam’s process of the Zone System and became a proponent of Edward Weston’s concept of Previsualization. While a graduate student at Radford University, he researched elements of chance and developed an alternative approach he calls Advancing Backward. This work involves experimental techniques such as timed exposures, paper negatives and multiple images. His photographs are made using many formats and media of subjects that incorporate the landscape, portraits and one’s relationship to the environment. Martin has shown work in various venues and published in national magazines including Fine Woodworking and The Photo Review. He has taught photography and art at Virginia Western Community College, Radford University, James Madison University and conducted children’s workshops in after school programs. He currently teaches in the Art Department at Appalachian State University.

Bridget Conn

Bridget Conn earned her BFA in Photography from Tulane University in 2000, and her MFA from the University of Georgia in 2003, focusing in Photography, Mixed Media, and Installation. She has taught at numerous colleges throughout the Southeast, and is currently the Photography professor at Blue Ridge Community College, and a Darkroom Photography instructor at Warren Wilson College. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Asheville Darkroom, a non-profit educational facility focused on providing classes, workshops, and member access to facilities. Bridget’s personal artwork has encompassed both digital and analog photography processes, as well as non-traditional media. Her current body of work explores chemigrams: abstract imagery made by breaking just about every darkroom rule ever established.

Lauren Greenwald

Lauren Greenwald is a visual artist and educator working primarily in photography and video. Her work focuses on landscape, perception, and the experiential, incorporating a range of digital and analog processes. Ms. Greenwald received her B.A. in Art History and French from the College of Charleston and her M.F.A. in Studio Art, with a minor in Museum Studies, from the University of New Mexico. During her time in New Mexico, she worked with several New Mexico arts institutions, including Land Arts of the American West, SITE Santa Fe, and Radius Books, and has exhibited regionally and nationally. She was Visiting Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM for two years before relocating to Columbia, SC in 2014, where she is Assistant Professor of Photography in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina.

Dot Griffith

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.

Ann Pegelow Kaplan

Ann Pegelow Kaplan is Visiting Assistant Professor of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies at Appalachian State University. She served previously as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Elon University and Visiting Faculty at Philippines Women’s University in Manila. Kaplan works at the intersection of visual arts and documentary to juxtapose fact, fiction, and questions of truth. Both an artist and ethnographer, she earned an MFA from Clemson University and MA in ethnography/folklore from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her current photography and video work follows her own autobiographical threads to explore modern day instances of oppression, considering in an age of difference what our relationships to one another as human beings are now and could be. Recently her work has shown at Vermont Studio Center, Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography, University of Texas, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, North Carolina Museum of Art, and SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea. Her artist presentations include College Art Association’s THAT Camp, 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Society of Photographic Education, and F/Stop Festival für Fotografie, Leipzig, Germany.

John Latimer

John Latimer is the coordinator of the Commercial Photography program at Appalachian State University. He holds an MFA in photography from RIT. For over 12 years prior to coming to ASU in 2010 John owned and operated a professional fine art printing studio working with national and internationally recognized photographers. His clients include Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, Catherine Opie, Carl Chiarenza, The George Eastman House, the Barbara Gladstone Gallery amoung others. John has also shown his own personal work nationally and internationally. His personal interests in imaging relate color theory and perception in printing and Photoshop editing.

Michael O’Neill

Michael O’Neill was born in 1974, in Watford, England. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology at Wake Forest, he worked as a freelance commercial photography assistant, architectural photographer and instructor at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC, before earning his MFA at New Mexico State University in 2007. His thesis project, “Gazing” consisted of large format pinhole photographs made during figure drawing sessions in his models’ homes. The photographs depict the relationship between photographer and subject and explore the expectations of each in a ritualized exchange. His newest work consists of stitched panoramic images using a specially converted infrared camera that explores the manipulated landscape. Michael’s work has been exhibited in numerous group shows around the country and has been exhibited in a solo exhibition at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. Michael is currently a full time commercial photographer and teacher.

Jessica Christine Owen

Jessica Christine Owen is an artist and educator whose work explores the evolution and standards of Western beauty and the representation of identity. Her work utilizes both historical and contemporary photographic processes. She received her BFA in Photography and BA in Art History from New Mexico State University. She completed her MFA in Photography at the University of South Carolina.

Joshua White

Joshua White is an artist and educator whose 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 in Boone, NC.

Chip Williams

Prior to coming to Appalachian State University as a faculty member, Chip Williams 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 the Magazine, Kiplinger’s, Money and Parade to name a few. Previous to relocating to Appalachia 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.

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