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Originally published: 2013-10-31 12:00:57
Last modified: 2013-10-31 12:01:43

AMPC open for registration

The 11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) opened for registration and submissions in September, 2013. Amateur and professional photographers 13 years of age and older are encouraged to submit at prior to the competition’s close at 5pm on Friday, November 22, 2013. 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 the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, 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 close to 1,000 submissions last year and viewed in person by over 10,000 people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts. The 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. Supporters of the AMPC include: Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, Footsloggers, Peabody’s, and Stick Boy Bread Company.

Competition organizers are excited to announce this year’s Blue Ridge Parkway Category theme, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, which is The Blue Ridge Parkway - Parkway People.  The photographer is challenged to capture People on the Parkway, on the road, in the backcountry, or at any of the parks along its 469 miles.  Photos can include visitors or people at work. Entries will be judged on creativity, impact, subject matter, center of interest, and storytelling - effectively sharing the journey by celebrating People of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The winning image in this category will receive a $500 cash award, provided by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

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 prize package of cash and prizes.

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 cash award, and the following categories of Culture, Adventure, Flora and Fauna, and Landscape, will each win $250 prize packages from the Mast General Store.

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 forty-six that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, March 7  hrough June 7, 2014. From those images, the judges will select the final winners that will be showcased during the exhibition.

For more information about this photography competition, please visit, or call Outdoor Programs at (828) 262.2475.

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