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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 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.

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.

Visit our Portfolio Review page for more detailed information on the program.

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.

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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!