13th Annual AMPC Jurors Announced

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

13th-Juror-ChipChip 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

13th-Juror-DotDot 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

13th-Juror-JoshJoshua 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.

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.

12th Annual AMPC Winners Announced

12th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography CompetitionOrganizers of the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition today announced the winners of the 12th annual competition.

Kelly Clampitt and the image Dawg with Plotts (below) took top honors receiving the designation of Best in Show. Kelly will take home a cash award of $1,000 furnished through competition proceeds.

Dawg with Plotts (Kelly Clampitt), Best in Show – Overall
Dawg with Plotts (Kelly Clampitt), Best in Show – Overall

William Mauney’s image The Table Rock Fire Star Trails  (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. Over 2,300 votes were cast in this year’s People’s Choice Award.

The Table Rock Fire Star Trails (William Mauney), Footsloggers People’s Choice Award
The Table Rock Fire Star Trails (William Mauney), Footsloggers People’s Choice Award

12th Annual Winners List

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

12th Annual Best In Show Dawg with Plotts
by Kelly Clampitt
12th Annual People’s Choice Award The Table Rock Fire Star Trails
by William Mauney


AMPC Category Winners

Adventure
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Powder Hounds
by Krisitian Jackson
Blue Ridge Parkway – Beyond the Black Top
$250 award from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and a $250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Taking in the View near Moses Cone Manor
by Charles Johnson
Culture
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Man of Steel
by Chuck Almarez
Our Ecological Footprint
$250 award from Appalachian Voices and a $250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Lethal and Leveled
by Lynn Willis
Flora & Fauna
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Gotta Goat
by Frederica Georgia
Landscape
$250 gift certificate from Mast General Store
Thru the Mist
by Kathryn Greven


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 The Table Rock Fire Star Trails
by William Mauney
Flora and Fauna Searching for Love
by Spencer Black
Landscape Merging Seasons
by Daniel Burleson

12th 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.

12th Annual AMPC Finalists Announced

This year’s panel of esteemed jurors has completed preliminary judging and has chosen 42 images for exhibition from over 1,000 submissions. A complete list of finalists can be seen below and you can browse the photo gallery online.

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 6, 2015 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 6 at 5:00 p.m. and closes on March 27, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Once voting for the People’s Choice Award ends on March 27, 2015, competition organizers will announce this year’s award winners on www.appmtnphotocomp.com and https://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.
Bailey Winecoff Toucan Brandon
Ben Keys, Jr Chuting
David Vanderlaan Kayaker
Kristian Jackson Powder Hounds
Lynn Willis The Classic High Country Ride
Tommy Penick Highland Bouldering
William Mauney At the Start
Blue Ridge Parkway – Beyond the Blacktop :: A rotating category each year with a different theme.
Charles Johnson Taking in the View near Moses Cone Manor
Dianne Sherrill Coming Down “The Lump” Hill
Donna Harris Flat Top Trail Tunnel
Lynn Willis Linville River Flooding from Plunge Basin – MP 316
Mark VanDyke Blue Ridge Parkway Post & Stake Fencing
Sharon Canter Winter’s Eve at the Mill
Culture :: Imagery depicting the people, their customs, traditions, architecture, and ways of life unique to the Southern Appalachian region.
Alan R Clark Gone but not Forgotten
Chuck Almarez Man of Steel
James K. Fay Hungry Hungry Holstein
Kelly Clampitt Dawg with Plotts
Ken Barrett Red Barn
Matthew Irvin Valle Crucis Pumpkins
Steven Tweed Cornbread & Milk
Victor Ellison Time Capsule
Environment :: Imagery documenting environmental concerns in Central and Southern Appalachia.
Catherine Hopkins Slope Sliding Away
Houck Medford NC DOT Disaster at Deep Gap
Kathryn Greven Dying Giants
Kristian Jackson The Spokesman
Lynn Willis Lethal and Leveled
William Mauney The Table Rock Fire Star Trails
Flora and Fauna :: Imagery of plants and animals common to the Southern Appalachians.
Derek Cernak Pipestem Friends
Drew Senter Mirror Image Cubs
Frederica Georgia Gotta Goat
Josh Stamm Terraced
Kelly Clampitt Floating Wood Frogs
Spencer Black Searching For Love
Victor Ellison Tranquility
Landscape :: Scenic imagery capturing the rich diversity and natural beauty of the Southern Appalachian region.
Catherine Hopkins Appalachian Storm Surge
Daniel Burleson Merging Seasons
Deborah Scannell Ice Chaos
Kathryn Greven Thru the Mist
Mickey C. Moten Foggy Bottom Pumpkin Patch
Mickey C. Moten Crabtree Falls NC
Robert H Clark Morning on the Ridge
Tim Williams Least Resistance

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

12th Annual AMPC Finalists Selected

12th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography CompetitionFinalists for the 12th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) have been selected.  We would like to thank all of the photographers who participated in the AMPC this year. With over 1,000 images submitted for this year’s competition, we were just shy of our record number making this the second largest number of submissions in AMPC’s 12 year history.

The finalists were selected on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, after the jurors spent the better part of a day going through every image. Notifications were emailed earlier today to all of the photographers who were selected letting them know which images were chosen and how to submit them for the public exhibition.  The exhibition will be opening on March 6th, 2015 and will go through June 6th, 2015 in the Mezzanine Gallery at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC.

The finalists’ photographs will be added to our website early next year once all submitted images have been received by the Turchin Center.  In the meantime, you may enjoy browsing and commenting on finalists from prior competitions in the galleries on our new website.

We cannot thank everyone enough for their participation in this year’s competition.  It is the photographers that continue to provide the margin of excellence that we strive to achieve.

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.

12th Annual AMPC Has Begun!

12th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography CompetitionProfessional and amateur photographers are officially invited to participate in this year’s Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition! Every year the competition gets more fierce as photographers from all over the world submit hundreds of entries for review. What will you be submitting this year?

There are a couple of new developments for this year’s competition that we’d like to make everyone aware of.  The competition will now offer “Early Bird” registration.  We get tons of entries at the end of the competition, so we are offering a 15% discount on registration fees through August 22nd, 2014.  In addition, we have now consolidated all of the AMPC files and have launched a newly designed website.  We hope you enjoy the new, easier to navigate interface.  We look forward to your feedback so we can continue to make this competition one to be enjoyed for years.

The prize for the Our Ecological Footprint category is larger than ever, totaling $500. Appalachian Voices will be furnishing $250 cash while Mast General Store will be contributing a gift certificate for $250 of gear. That makes this category the 3rd largest prize! If you need inspiration on capturing imagery that shows negative impacts on the environment in Southern Appalachia please visit the Appalachian Voices website for the latest news.

brpf-logoThe Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation‘s category, Blue Ridge Parkway — Beyond the Blacktop, will challenge the photographer to capture a sense of place, leading viewers to not only discover the views and vistas but the Parkway’s connection to culture & history, natural resources, and recreational activities..

Please note that this year’s timeframe for submissions is a bit different as well. This year’s contest started with “Early Bird” registration in mid-April coinciding with a feature article in Our State Magazine.  Normal registration started on August 22nd, 2014 with a deadline for submissions on November 21st, 2014 at 5:00pm.

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

Remember that a portion of the proceeds raised from the AMPC support Outdoor Programs Student 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!

11th Annual AMPC Winners Announced

11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography CompetitionOrganizers of the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition today announced the winners of the 11th annual competition. Charles Johnson and his image CJ Autumn Leaves (below) took top honors receiving the designation of Best in Show. Charles will take home a cash award of $1,000 furnished through competition proceeds.

CJ Autumn Leaves (Charles Johnson), 11th Annual AMPC Best in Show - Overall
CJ Autumn Leaves (Charles Johnson), 11th Annual AMPC Best in Show – Overall

Winners of the Blue Ridge Parkway category will receive a cash award sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and the Environmental Footprint category will receive a cash award and generous prize package furnished by Appalachian Voices and the Mast General Store, respectively. The remaining category winners receive generous Mast General Store prize packages.

Table Rock Fire (Lynn Willis), 11th Annual AMPC People's Choice Award
Table Rock Fire (Lynn Willis), 11th Annual AMPC People’s Choice Award

Lynn Willis’ image Table Rock Fire (above)  is the public’s pick in this year’s People’s Choice Award and will receive $350 furnished by Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters. Almost 1,200 votes were cast in this year’s People’s Choice Award.

11th Annual Winners List

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

11th Annual Best In Show CJ Autumn Leaves
by Charles Johnson
11th Annual People’s Choice Award Table Rock Fire
by Lynn Willis


AMPC Category Winners

Adventure Blue Ridge Summer
by Collin Waldron
Blue Ridge Parkway –
People on the Parkway
Overlooked
by Eric Heistand
Culture Boilin’ Sorghum Down
by Lou Murrey
Our Ecological Footprint Forest Ghosts
by Daniel Burleson
Flora & Fauna Moss, Rocks & Vines
by Sarah L Ernst
Landscape Lifting the Veil
by Sharon Canter


Honorable Mention

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

Adventure Spring Fishing
by Derek DiLuzio
Adventure Roan Dawn Patrol
by Eric Heistand
Blue Ridge Parkway – People on the Parkway High Country High Rider
by Jim Ruff
Blue Ridge Parkway – People on the Parkway Snow Day
by Jake Metcalf
Culture Full Steam Ahead
by Sarah L Ernst
Our Ecological Footprint Coal Culture
by Michael Phillips
Flora and Fauna Love Shuffle
by Spencer Black
Flora and Fauna Spring Curls
by Jim Ruff
Landscape Cradle the Sun
by Victor Ellison

11th 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.

11th Annual AMPC Finalists Announced

11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography CompetitionThis year’s panel of esteemed jurors has completed preliminary judging and has chosen 49 images for exhibition from almost 800 submissions. A complete list of finalists can be seen below and you can browse the photo gallery online.

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 7th, 2014 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC.  The exhibition and voting for the People’s Choice Award will begin at 7:00 pm.

Once voting for the People’s Choice Award ends on March 28th, 2014, competition organizers will announce this year’s award winners the following week.

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.
John Bryant Baker “Climbing in the New River Gorge”
Brent McGuirt “Sunset Climb”
Collin Waldron “Blue Ridge Summer”
Derek DiLuzio “North Carolina Slick Rock” &
“Spring Fishing”
Eric Heistand “Roan Dawn Patrol” &
“The Disciple”
Phill Baldwin “Boarderlands Sunset”
Amanda Prince “Freedom!”
Blue Ridge Parkway – People on the Parkway :: A rotating category each year with a different theme.
Danielle Morton “Refreshing in the falls”
Houck Medford “South End Runner”
Jim Ruff “High Country High Rider”
Nicole Robinson “Pondering”
Eric Heistand “Overlooked”
Jake Metcalf “Snow Day”
Culture :: Imagery depicting the people, their customs, traditions, architecture, and ways of life unique to the Southern Appalachian region.
Jenny Brown “A rainy summer weekend adventure”
Lou Murrey “Boilin’ Sorghum Down” &
“I play folklore music now…”
Houck Medford “Price Park Baptism”
Debra Vanderlaan “God Bless America”
David Vanderlaan “Pinto Beans”
Sarah L Ernst “Full Steam Ahead”
Jay Huron “Old Time Instrument Maker”
Environment :: Imagery documenting environmental concerns in Central and Southern Appalachia.
Brent McGuirt “Unwanted Art”
Patti Grosh “Cast Aside”
Michael Phillips “Coal Culture”
Jay Huron “Fishing in Trash”
Skip Sickler “Tablerock Fire, Linville Gorge, Sunrise, 11/15/13”
Daniel Burleson “Forest Ghosts”
Lynn Willis “Table Rock Fire”
Flora and Fauna :: Imagery of plants and animals common to the Southern Appalachians.
Spencer Black “Love Shuffle”
Robert Vance “Aqua Flora”
Michael Phillips “Hamlet – Northern Saw-Whet Owl Portrait”
Rob Travis “Shortia”
Sharon Canter “Surviving the Season”
Peggy GeFellers “Viburnum leaf”
Sarah L Ernst “Moss, Rocks, & Vines”
Charles Johnson “CJ Autumn Leaves”
Jim Ruff “Spring Curls”
Skip Sickler “Fungiscape” &
“Dancing Leaves.”
Landscape :: Scenic imagery capturing the rich diversity and natural beauty of the Southern Appalachian region.
Victor Ellison “Cradle The Sun”
Serge Skiba “Autumn Flow”
Kathryn Greven “Sunset at Price Lake”
Sharon Canter “Lifting the Veil”
Debra Vanderlaan “After The Rain on the Valley River”
Charles Johnson “CJ Chattooga Torrent”
Mark Steven Houser “Linville River Fog”
Ben Keys, Jr “Snooper’s rock”

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

11th Annual AMPC Jurors Announced

11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography CompetitionThe 11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) is currently open for registration and submissions. Visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition’s close at 5pm on Friday, November 22, 2013 for more information and to submit images online. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with $4,000 in cash and prizes.

A partnership between Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, AMPC celebrates the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians and attracts entries from across the United States. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition has grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions with approximately 800 submissions last year and viewed in person by over 10,000 people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts. The 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. Supporters of the AMPC include: Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, Footsloggers, Peabody’s, 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 7 to June 7, 2014 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 11th annual competition as John Latimer, Kristin Espinosa, and Carl Galie.

John Latimer

John Latimer is the coordinator of the Commercial Photography Program at Appalachian State University. Prior to coming to Appalachian State, he taught photography and digital imaging at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a master printmaker and retoucher. His clients have included the George Eastman House, Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, John Issac, Catherine Opie and other prominent photographers around the country. His own photography has been shown as far afield as China and Japan as well as being carried commercially by Bloomingdales. He has lectured and given workshops across the country on Photoshop, printing and color theory application in photography.

Kristin Espinosa

Kristin Espinosa is a self-taught, natural light photographer who has been working in the fine arts field for more than ten years. Her innate ability to embrace the authenticity of her subject’s emotions and suspend them in time distinguishes her work. Her style is organic, honest and, at times, raw. Along with a casual approach to life and photography that puts her clients at ease, Kristin has established a high standard for the quality of her work.  While growing up, the High Country was her second home, but for the past thirteen years she and her husband, Santiago, have lived here exclusively.  They, along with their two young children, spend most of their free time enjoying in the natural playground that is The High Country.

Carl Galie

Carl Galie is a North Carolina photographer who has devoted his work to conservation issues for the last 18 years. Galie’s photographs of the Roanoke River basin have helped protect and preserve that region since 1995 when he received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Winston-Salem, Forsyth County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council. Galie’s photography of the Roanoke River Basin has been used in publications produced by The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife In North Carolina, Orion Afield magazine, the North Carolina Aquarium, Roanoke Canal Museum, Roanoke River Partners, The Southern Environmental Law Center, and by The National Park Service.  In 2009 Galie began working with Appalachian Voices and The National Committee for the New River while documenting the vanishing beauty of coal country, focusing his attention on the devastating affect mountaintop removal of coal is having on our nation’s water resources.

“We are thrilled to announce our jurors this year. They have a very broad background in photography and will provide a strong and varied perspective from which to view the images,” states AMPC Competition Director, 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.”

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.  Jurors John Latimer, Kristin Espinosa, and Carl Galie will review all entries and narrow them down to approximately forty-six images that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, March 7 to June 7, 2014. From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition and at the 18th annual Banff Film Festival March 28 and 29, 2014. Deadline for all AMPC submissions is November 22, 2013.

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