by Madison V. Fisler
March 27, 2014. On March 28, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University will host a launch party for the April issue of Our State Magazine, which features a spread of the scenes represented in the 11th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition.
The official launch party will take place from 3-6 p.m. at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, located in downtown Boone at 423 West King St.
Join Our State Magazine Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hudson and her staff in the celebration of their April issue of the magazine, An Appalachian Spring featuring a photo essay on the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the 11th Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition.
Guests will take home a complimentary copy of Our State‘s April issue, take a special tour of the Turchin Center, view the 11th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition and enjoy refreshments and prizes from the Our State Store.
From March 7 to June 7, the Turchin Center will host the pieces from the competition that represent the landscapes, people and more of Appalachia in the Mezzanine Gallery.
Of almost 800 submissions this year, the 49 finalists are being displayed in the Turchin Center until summer. The pieces are competing for awards in categories like Best in Show, People’s Choice, Environmental, Blue Ridge Parkway, Flora/Fauna, Landscape, Adventure and Culture
The photography competition runs alongside the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour also taking place at ASU.
“We have been doing the film festival for many years and really it just highlights global mountain regions and all of those films come here to Boone,” said Rich Campbell, associate director of outdoor programs at Appalachian State University.
“People get transported all over the globe with this film festival. We really wanted to provide a way to highlight our own mountain culture and we also wanted to give people a tangible way to be a part of the mountain culture. We really wanted to bring the focus back to our own region. We have the global films coming, but we didn’t want to lose sight of our own mountains.”
About the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition
A partnership program between the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition showcases photographers from all over the nation with the aim to celebrate the Appalachian mountains along with its people, places and scenery that make it unique.
With almost 800 submissions, jurors worked long and hard to choose the finalists to be displayed. The jurors for this year’s competition include John Latimer, coordinator of the Commercial Photography Program at ASU; Kristin Espinosa, natural light photographer; and Carl Galie, NC photographer.
Check out some pictures of some of the finalists: