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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.

10th Annual AMPC Winners Announced

Organizers of the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition today announced the winners of the 10th annual competition. Sharon Canter and her image Another Autumn (below) took top honors receiving the designation of Best in Show. Sharon will take home a cash award of $1,000 furnished through competition proceeds.

Another Autumn (Sharon Canter) - 10th Annual Best In Show Winner
Another Autumn (Sharon Canter) – 10th Annual Best In Show Winner

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.

Looking Glass Rock Sunrise (Kenneth Voltz) - 10th Annual People's Choice Award
Looking Glass Rock Sunrise (Kenneth Voltz) – 10th Annual People’s Choice Award

Kenneth Voltz image The Looking Glass Sunrise (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 2,000 votes were cast in this year’s People’s Choice Award.

10th Annual Winners List

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

10th Annual Best In Show Another Autumn
by Sharon Canter
10th Annual People’s Choice Award The Looking Glass Sunrise
by Kenneth Voltz


AMPC Category Winners

Adventure Lucy’s Dream Day
by Eric Heistand
Blue Ridge Parkway –
Weather on the Parkway
Fall Cycling
by Tommy Penick
Culture Porta Portrait
by Chuck Almarez
Our Environmental Footprint Towers
by Rob Travis
Flora & Fauna Just Bee
by Amanda Prince
Landscape A Glorious Greeting – Roan Mountain
by Dave Allen


Special Mention Honors

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

Blue Ridge Parkway –
Weather on the Parkway
Ice Castles
by Nicole Robinson
Culture Scenic Overlook
by Debra Vanderlaan
Landscape Seen Any Good Flicks Lately
by Kimberly Lane

10th 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.

10th Annual AMPC Opening Reception Announced

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) opening reception will take place Friday, March, 1 at 7 p.m. in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University.

The opening will feature images from the 10th annual competition’s 46 finalists, as well as a chance for visitors to cast their votes for the coveted AMPC People’s Choice Award.

People’s Choice voting officially starts March 1, and a kiosk will be available at the opening for attendees to cast their votes. In addition, voting will be available online until 5 p.m. on May 17.

The finalists’ images will be on display at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts from March 1 through Aug. 16.

A panel of jurors selected the finalists’ photos from more than 800 submissions. The jurors will soon return for the final round of judging to select category winners, award special mention honors and select one image as Best in Show.

According to contest organizers, the AMPC has grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions, with 2012’s images having been viewed by more than 10,000 people at the Turchin Center.

A partnership between Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center 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,” a competition spokesperson said.

Outdoor Programs promoted the first AMPC in 2004.

“Our mission is to promote discovery through human-powered adventure, and photography is an active process of discovery,” said Rich Campbell, associate director of Outdoor Programs. “By promoting photography, we are encouraging people to go out and engage with the world around them.”

Proceeds from the annual competition are used to support students who wish to experience Student Outdoor Learning Expeditions (SOLE) at Appalachian State University.

SOLE trips are 10- to 55-day active educational adventures of discovery, where students spend extended time exploring rugged and remote wilderness and become immersed in new and exciting cultures – domestically and internationally – while gaining academic credit.

10th Annual AMPC Finalists Announced

This year’s panel of esteemed jurors has completed preliminary judging and has chosen 46 images for exhibition from almost 900 submissions. A complete list of finalists can be seen below and you can browse the 10th Annual AMPC Finalists archive.

Just Bee (Amanda Prince), Finalist - Flora & Fauna Category
Just Bee (Amanda Prince), Finalist – Flora & Fauna Category

Final judging to select this year’s Best In Show and individual category winners will take place prior to the public reception opening on March 1, 2013 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC. The exhibition will open to the public from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Voting will also begin for the People’s Choice Award on March 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Once voting for the People’s Choice Award ends on May 17, 2013, competition organizers will announce this year’s award winners the following week.

Stephens Gap (Ben Keys Jr.), Finalist - Adventure Category
Stephens Gap (Ben Keys Jr.), Finalist – Adventure Category

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.
Ben Keys, Jr. “Stephens Gap”
Carol Meyhoefer “On Line”
Tommy Penick “Roan Trail Running”
Scott Hotaling “Hawksbill Dawn”
Eric Heistand “Lucy’s Dream Day”
Lynn Willis “Jenny Allen Climbing Through Pea Soup”
Blue Ridge Parkway – Weather on the Parkway :: A rotating category each year with a different theme.
Deborah Scannell “Vails of the Valley”
Nicole Robinson “Ice Castles”
Annkatrin Rose “Before the Storm”
Tommy Penick “Fall Cycling”
Dave Allen “Blue Ridge Parkway – Dappled Light at Craggy Gardens”
Lynn Willis “Black Ice Alert on Grandfather”
Culture :: Imagery depicting the people, their customs, traditions, architecture, and ways of life unique to the Southern Appalachian region.
Jim Ruff “Highlands Hammer Heave”
Nicole Robinson “Smokin’” &
“Charles’s Chicken Conversation”
Chuck Almarez “Porta Portrait”
Debra Vanderlaan “Scenic Overlook”
Darron R. Silva “Momma Tried”
Houck Medford “Blue Ridge Parkway Saviors”
John Fletcher “Bluegrass Jam”
Suzi Phillips “Gossip Girls”
Sue Counts “ ‘Aunt’ Orelena’s Story”
Eric Heistand “Cowboy Up”
Environment :: Imagery documenting environmental concerns in Central and Southern Appalachia.
Rob Travis “Towers”
Leander Hutton “Losing the Night”
Lynn Willis “Return to Sender”
Flora and Fauna :: Imagery of plants and animals common to the Southern Appalachians.
B. Dudleu Carter “Are You Looking At Me”
Jim Ruff “The Foggy Foursome”
Sharon Canter “Another Autumn”
Amanda Prince “Just Bee”
John Nichols “Fontana Otter”
Dana Warren “The Pane of Defeat”
Lonnie Crotts “Large-Flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorium)”
Landscape :: Scenic imagery capturing the rich diversity and natural beauty of the Southern Appalachian region.
Kimberly G. Lane “Seen Any Good Flicks Lately”
Ronnie Hodge “Autumn Reflections”
Kenneth Voltz “Looking Glass Rock Sunrise”
Catherine Hopkins “Along the Boone Fork Trail Near the Blue Ridge Parkway”
Dana Warren “Downstream Drifter”
Scott Hotaling “Winter Majesty” &
“Winter Tranquility”
Jack Daulton “Clearing Storm Over Grandfather”
Lonnie Crotts “Linville Gorge Wilderness Area” &
“Mountain King”
Dave Allen “A Glorious Greeting – Roan Mountain Rhododendron Bloom”
Eric Heistand “Morning at Price Lake”
Sharon Canter “Appalachian Night Lights”

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

10th Annual AMPC Jurors Announced

The 10th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) has announced this year’s jurors. This panel of jurors has a varied background in photography and a love for the natural environment.

Chip Williams

Chip Williams Chip Williams is Assistant Professor of Technical Photography at Appalachian State University and has worked as a corporate and editorial freelance photographer for over 18 years in Chicago. He shot for national magazines such as Smithsonian, US News & World Report, ESPN the Magazine, Kiplinger’s, Money and Parade to name a few. Previous to his move to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chip was active with prairie restoration in Lake County, IL and worked extensively with the Lake County Forest Preserve District as a client to help them document their work in this area, as well as wildlife monitoring and naturalist education.

Jamey Fletcher

Jamey FletcherJamey Fletcher is a professional photographer based in the North Carolina High Country specializing in event, wedding, and portrait photography in the southeastern United States. Jamey is the son of recently retired Appalachian State University Professor Jeff Fletcher who introduced Jamey to the world of photography at a very early age. From the time Jamey was old enough stand on a stool and reach an enlarger, he was in the darkroom learning the art of making images. Jamey’s photography career began at the age of 14 working as a stringer and a Staff Photographer for the Watauga Democrat newspaper in Boone, NC. Jamey’s love of the outdoors and photography create his intrinsic passion of nature photography.

Marie Freeman

Marie FreemanMarie Freeman is a seasoned photojournalist who has worked for both the Watauga Democrat and Mountain Times newspapers for nearly fourteen years. In 2008, she joined the Appalachian State Advancement team as the University’s photographer and works in the Department of Marketing and Creative Design. Recognized professional accomplishments include: 15 North Carolina Press Association photography awards; First place award in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for her body of Snowflake microphotography work; and being published in numerous state and national newspapers and magazines including the Washington Post, USA Today, the New York Times, Detroit Free Press and Our State magazine.

“We are thrilled to announce our jurors this year. Our jurors range from veterans in the photography world to up and coming professionals. It is a diverse group of jurors, 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 Chip Williams, Jamey Fletcher, and Marie Freeman 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 1 to August 16, 2013. From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition and at the 17th annual Banff Film Festival September 20 and 21, 2013.

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