9th Annual Finalists

This gallery features the 9th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition finalists, the 49 entries selected from 1,156 submitted.


Imagery depicting mountain sports such as climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, etc.

Blue Ridge Parkway – A Ribbon of Road

The Blue Ridge Parkway category had a theme this year – A Ribbon of Road. Photographers were encouraged to capture images of the Blue Ridge Parkway that incorporate some aspect of the actual roadway itself. Those submitting images were asked to identify the Parkway location (e.g. GPS coordinates, Mile Post, or other identifying indicators of the road’s location), and describe in a short story of a paragraph or more why the Parkway is of particular significance as captured by the composition of the photograph.


Imagery depicting the people, their customs, traditions, architecture and ways of life unique to the Southern Appalachian region.

Our Ecological Footprint

Imagery documenting environmental concerns in Central and Southern Appalachia. Photographers submitting images to this category should include a paragraph explaining where the image was taken and the environmental impact you are illustrating.

Flora and Fauna

Imagery of plants and animals common to the Southern Appalachians.


Scenic imagery capturing the rich diversity and natural beauty of the Southern Appalachian region.