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Submissions Due Friday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. for 14th Annual App Mountain Photo Comp

Submissions are due this Friday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. for the 14th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit at www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition’s close at 5pm on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.  

14th-annual-ampc-logo-title-onlyA partnership between Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and Virtual Blue Ridge, the AMPC celebrates the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians. The AMPC is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Mast General Store. Supporters of the AMPC include: Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Footsloggers, Peabody’s, Nikon Professional Services, and Stick Boy Bread Company.

“Submissions are rolling in this week in anticipation of the upcoming deadline” states Rich Campbell, Associate Director for Outdoor Programs and Competition Director for the AMPC. “We encourage people to not wait until the last minute to submit their images. We have a robust server that should accommodate uploads right up to the deadline, but it is immensely helpful for people to begin the submission process sooner than they think. This archive of images is one of the most comprehensive juried galleries of the Southern Appalachians, and we look forward to seeing the images that people have submitted this year.”

Competition organizers are excited to announce this year’s Blue Ridge Parkway Category theme, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and Nikon Professional Services, which is “Blue Ridge Parkway – A Place to Play”. Photographers are encouraged to document how the Parkway offers many opportunities for folks of all ages to play outdoors…. challenging the photographer to capture how they see the park as a source of recreation and to capture the connection to our fun and its natural bounty. The winning image in this category will receive a $250 cash award, provided by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and a fantastic camera from Nikon Professional Services.

Another exciting category for the AMPC this year, highlighting our commitment of raising awareness of the natural environment through this competition, is the Our Ecological Footprint Category which is intended to document environmental concerns in the Southern Appalachians. Photographers are encouraged to capture an image that represents our ecological footprint in a creative and poignant way. Appalachian Voices and the Mast General Store are partnering to present this award which will go to the photographer who best captures the spirit of this category with a $500 cash prize package.

Additional competition categories this year include Best in Show, which wins a $1,000 cash prize, the People’s Choice Award presented by Footsloggers which will receive a $350 gift certificate, and the following categories of Culture, Adventure, Flora and Fauna, and Landscape, will each win $250 prize packages from the Mast General Store.

In celebration of the 14th annual AMPC exhibition the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) is bringing back a popular program from last open to all photographers who submit their artwork to the annual competition. In-person portfolio reviews will be available on a lottery system, which will give photographers a chance to have a one on one portfolio review with one of our professional photographers who are leading the reviews this year.

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.  A panel of professional photographers will review all entries and narrow them down to approximately 50 images that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, March 3 – June 2, 2017. From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition.

Thank you for your support this year and don’t delay in getting your images submitted this year.

About Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition:

The AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs and The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. 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; the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants; Nikon Professional Services: 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.