Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Deadline Approaches: Nov. 20

Published Monday, November 9, 2015 at 10:56 am
12th Annual AMPC Finalist - Adventure.  A Boone Area Cyclist posse rides along the Viaduct on Grandfather Mountain, the classic High Country cyclist tour. Photograph Copyright Lynn Willis, All Rights Reserved.

12th Annual AMPC Finalist – Adventure. A Boone Area Cyclist posse rides along the Viaduct on Grandfather Mountain, the classic High Country cyclist tour. Photograph Copyright Lynn Willis, All Rights Reserved.

The 13th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) is currently open for registration and submissions. Visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition’s close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 for more information and to submit images online. 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, 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 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 sponsorship of the Mast General Store, who are providing gift certificates for all category award winners this year. Supporters of the AMPC include: Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Footsloggers, Nikon, Peabody’s, Smoky Mountain Living, 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 4 to June 4, 2016 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 13th annual competition as Chip Williams, Dot Griffith, and Joshua White.

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.

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.

Joshua 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 in Boone, NC.

“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.”

“We are also excited about announcing a new initiative this year where everyone who submits an image to the AMPC will have the opportunity to register for a large but limited number of Portfolio Review Sessions with jurors, professional photographers, and others in the photography industry” states Campbell. “This initiative is designed to be an informative and educational opportunity made available, free of charge, for up to 100 AMPC photographers, who submit their image by the deadline of November 20.”

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, Dot Griffith, and Joshua White will review all entries and narrow them down to approximately fifty images that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, March 4 to June 4, 2016. From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition and at the 20th annual Banff Film Festival March 18 and 19, 2016. Deadline for all AMPC submissions is November 20, 2015.

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 Programs, The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and Virtual Blue Ridge. AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Mast General Store. AMPC receives generous support from Appalachian Voices; Bistro Roca, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Inventive American Cuisine; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Nikon; Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants; Smoky Mountain Living; 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.

Check out gallery of past finalists in the AMPC. 

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