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11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Finalists Announced

"Mount LeConte Winter " Scott Hotaling  2012 People's Choice  Landscape
“Mount LeConte Winter ” Scott Hotaling, 2012 People’s Choice, Landscape

Dec. 13, 2013. This year’s panel of esteemed jurors has completed preliminary judging and has chosen 50 images for exhibition from almost 800 submissions. A complete list of finalists can be seen on the AMPC blog.

The finalist exhibition of photographs will open to the public on March 7, 2014, at 7:00 pm. Voting will also begin for the People’s Choice Award at this time. The deadline for People’s Choice voting is March 28, 2014.

Final judging to select this year’s Best in Show and individual category winners will take place prior to the public reception announcement on April 4, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC.

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



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


Eric Heistand


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


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.

About Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition: 
The AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian State University’s Outdoor ProgramsTheTurchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. 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; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters;Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants; 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.