Winners Announced for the 15th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition

Published Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 8:48 am

A reception honoring the winners of the 2018 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition took place on Friday, April 21.

By Nathan Ham

At a reception at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on Fri. April 20, the 15th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition presented its annual awards for the winning images for this year’s competition.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating our 15th year of the competition” states Rich Campbell, Associate Director for Outdoor Programs and Competition Director for the AMPC. “We had a very strong year of images, and were excited to present awards to the photographers on Friday afternoon. We normally present the awards during the Banff weekend but due to inclement weather that weekend, rescheduled the event to Friday April 20th. “We have built a long history of celebrating the people, places, and pursuits of the Southern Appalachians through photography and are happy to be able to continue this tradition.”

A 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. Attracting entries from across the United States, the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition has grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions with 1,053 submissions this year and viewed in person by many people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts.

According to Campbell, the 1,053 submissions was close to setting a new record for the competition. 

The panel of professional photographers who served as jurors this year selected these images from the 56 finalist images and they will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts through June 2, 2018.

“This is one of the longest standing exhibitions at the Turchin Center,” Campbell added. 

The AMPC is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Mast General Store, who are providing generous gift certificates for each category winner. 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.

 

Special Jury Awards were presented to the following photographers for their work.

Dropin’s Slabs

Lynn Willis

Mystical Canyon Waterfalls

Chad Jones

Hanging Out

Catherine Altice

Total Eclipse Composite

Lynn Willis

Goldenrod

Shauna Caldwell

 

Below is a list of the other awards that were presented.

People’s Choice Award – $350 gift certificate from Footsloggers

Lifted Clouds by Candice Corbin (winning by just 2 votes)

Ecological Footprint – $250 Gift Certificate from the Mast General Store and $250 from Appalachian Voices

Dobson Knob Fire by Jim Magruder

Adventure – $250 Gift Certificate from Mast General Store

Jump In by Tom Moors

Culture – $250 Gift Certificate from Mast General Store

A Long Hope Fly by Alicia Green

Flora Fauna – $250 Gift Certificate from Mast General Store

Great Craggy Tree by J. Smilanic

Landscape – $250 Gift Certificate from Mast General Store

Milky Way over Clingman’s Dome by Luke Sutton

Blue Ridge Parkway – The Parkway in Color – Capturing the Change in Seasons – $250 cash prize from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and an underwater, 4K camera from Nikon, the Key Mission 170.

Linville River Bridge by Skip Sickler

Best in Show – $1,000 Grand Prize

Diamond on the Blue Ridge by Scott Ramsey


A Long Hope Fly by Alicia Green

Diamond on the Blue Ridge by Scott Ramsey

Dobson Knob Fire by Jim Magruder

Jump In by Tom Moors

Lifted Clouds by Candice Corbin

Linville River Bridge by Skip Sickler

Milky Way over Clingman’s Dome by Luke Sutton

Great Craggy Tree by J. Smilanic

 

 

The photograph exhibit will be at the Turchin Center through June 2.

Peabody’s Wine and Beer was on hand to provide refreshments for those in attendance.

Rich Campbell hands Alicia Green her $250 gift certificate from Mast General Store.

J. Smilanic (left) won the Flora/Fauna Category with “Great Craggy Tree.”

Skip Sickler (right) won a $250 cash prize from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and an underwater, 4K camera from Nikon.

Rich Campbell hands ScottRamsey (right) his Best in Show Award, a $1,000 grand prize.

Rich Campbell, the Associate Director for Outdoor Programs and Competition Director for the AMPC, spoke briefly to the audience and handed out awards to the winners.

The Best in Show Award went to Scott Ramsey for his photograph “Diamond on the Blue Ridge.”

Candice Corbin stands by her photo, “Lifted Clouds.” Corbin’s photo won the People’s Choice Award.

Alicia Green and her family with her photograph, “A Long Hope Fly.”

A reception honoring the winners of the 2018 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition took place on Friday, April 21.

Lynn Willis with his picture “Total Eclipse Composite”

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