16th Annual AMPC Finalists Announced

This year’s panel of esteemed jurors have selected 51 finalists for this year’s Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, from nearly 1,000 submissions.

This year’s finalist images can be viewed online in the 16th Annual Finalists Gallery.

The exhibition of finalists may be viewed in person at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and voting for the People’s Choice Award opened on Friday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m. and closes on March 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Once voting for the People’s Choice Award ends, competition organizers will announce this year’s award winners on this site and our Facebook page.

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.

For more information about this photography competition, please contact us or call ASU Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.

16th Annual AMPC Jurors Announced

 The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.

This year, jurors Katie Langley, Beverly Poppe, and Martin Church 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 1 to June 1, 2019.

From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition and at the 23rd annual Banff Film Festival March 22 and 23, 2019.

This panel of jurors have a professional background in photography and love for the natural environment.

Katie Langley

Katie Langley

Katie Langley majored in Technical Photography at Appalachian State University when the program was film-based and she registered for classes from a landline telephone.

When she isn’t working as a professional photographer, she can be found driving the Blue Ridge Parkway in her convertible electric blue PT Cruiser with her furbesties Monster Kitty and Jimmy Cat.

Her future plans include investigative journalism and being an unwashed up athlete.

Beverly Poppe

Beverly PoppeBeverly Poppe grew up in a small town in rural Nebraska and received her BFA at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. She made a career move to Las Vegas in 2006, first as a staff photographer for Greenspun Media Group, and then, in 2010, went out on her own as a freelance photographer. In late 2013, she moved to Grand Forks, ND with her significant other to raise their two children.

She continues to work in Las Vegas and grow her commercial clientele nationwide. In May 2018, Beverly earned her MFA in Mixed Media with an emphasis in fine art photography from the University of North Dakota. During her graduate program, she taught classes such as color photography, black and white photography, and advanced technical photography.

Within the last two years Beverly has had her fine art work shown in galleries in New York, Colorado, Illinois, Rhode Island, and Cagliari, Italy. Her 2017 solo exhibition, “TransNodak”, was shown at the Rourke Gallery in Minnesota. Her commercial or fine art work has appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Mental Floss, Food Network, The Hand Magazine, and others.

Currently, Beverly teaches photography courses at Appalachian State University and continues to work as a freelance photographer in both commercial and fine art photography.

Martin Church

Martin Church

Martin Church is a native of Watauga County, North Carolina and was first taught darkroom based photography by the librarian at Mabel Elementary School in Zionville. Martin has a BA in Photography from Virginia Intermont College and an MFA from Radford University.

Exploring the mountains around Boone in his youth, he first developed an appreciation for the land. The Appalachian mountains became his first inspiration for photography where he began, not only to document the landscape, but the people, the shadows of this ancient place and the highlights of personal experience.

He has taught photography at James Madison University, Radford University and Virginia Western Community College. He currently teaches in the Art Department at Appalachian State University.

Martin seeks to create images exploring the cycle of life, of subjects in flux, the process of change, and moments of spiritual awakening. Chances are you can find him just out back or perhaps taking a long walk a short way from here.

16th Annual AMPC Has Begun!

It’s that time again! The 16th 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 16, 2018. 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 “It’s in the Details.” It’s easy to be awestruck by the expansiveness of the Blue Ridge Parkway and its accompanying long-range vistas. This year we ask that photographers share photos of the smaller details that often go unnoticed. 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 1 – June 1, 2019. From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition.

For the fourth 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 15 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.

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.

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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.