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Public Voting for Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition’s People’s Choice Award Begins March 6

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Feb. 17, 2015. Those eagerly anticipating the display of the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition’s finalists next month don’t have long to wait. Public voting for AMP’s People’s Choice Award officially begins on March 6 when the juried finalists are hung in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone.

For 12 years, the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition has given professional and amateur photographers a chance to showcase their skills, while at the same time bringing to light the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.

appalachianmountainphotographycompetition“We have all types of people who enter this competition,” said Rich Campbell, associate director of outdoor programs at Appalachian State University in a previous interview.

“Amateurs, professionals, teenagers, students. People from all walks of life and from all over the place. You don’t have to be from here to enter, the images just have to be of something in Southern Appalachia. This is a homegrown competition, so many of the submissions are from local photographers, but we have had entries from a lot of different places over the years.”

While the competition is juried by a specially-selected panel of jurors, fans and photography lovers have a shot at helping to choose the winner of one of the competition’s coveted awards. And the People’s Choice Award is no consolation prize – the title comes with a cash prize of $350.

The exhibition of the competition’s finalists officially begins on March 6, where forty-six images will be exhibited at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University through June 6, read a statement on the competition’s website. The official deadline for public voting for the People’s Choice Award will be March 27.

“The voting is all online,” said Mary Anne Redding, curator at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

“We will have a computer in the gallery so people can vote right there. People can also go to the AMPC website and vote that way too. There are many options to vote.”

A private reception for all finalists who have images in the exhibition, jurors, sponsors, and invited guests will be held on March 28. On this date, winners of the various competition awards will be announced.

On April 3, a public reception celebrating the competition, the photographs and the photographers will be held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts from 7-9 p.m. The exhibition will officially close on June 6.

For more information about the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, click here.