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11th annual AMPC announces finalists

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Article Published: Dec. 24, 2013 | Modified: Dec. 24, 2013
11th annual AMPC announces finalists

‘American Girls’ by Darron R. Silva, winner in the Culture category of the 2012 AMPC. Finalists’ photos for the 2013 competition were not available, as of presstime.
Photo courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

Jurors for the 11th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition have completed preliminary judging and have chosen 50 images for exhibition from almost 800 submissions.

The finalists are as follows:

Imagery depicting mountain sports such as climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, etc.

- John Bryant Baker – “Climbing in the New River Gorge”
- Brent McGuirt – “Sunset Climb”
- Collin Waldron – “Blue Ridge Summer”
- Derek DiLuzio – “North Carolina Slick Rock” and “Spring Fishing”
- Eric Heistand – “Roan Dawn Patrol” and “The Disciple”
- Phill Baldwin – “Boarderlands Sunset”
- Amanda Prince – “Freedom!”

Blue Ridge Parkway: People on the Parkway
A rotating category each year with a different theme

- Danielle Morton – “Refreshing in the falls”
- Houck Medford – “South End Runner”
- Jim Ruff – “High Country High Rider”
- Nicole Robinson – “Pondering”
- Eric Heistand – “Overlooked”
- Jake Metcalf – “Snow Day”

Imagery depicting the people, their customs, traditions, architecture and ways of life unique to the Southern Appalachian region

- Jenny Brown – “A rainy summer weekend adventure”
- Lou Murrey – “Boilin’ Sorghum Down” and “I play folklore music now…”
- Houck Medford – “Price Park Baptism”
- Debra Vanderlaan – “God Bless America”
- David Vanderlaan – “Pinto Beans”
- Sarah L. Ernst – “Full Steam Ahead”
- Jay Huron – “Old Time Instrument Maker”

Imagery documenting environmental concerns in Central and Southern Appalachia

- Brent McGuirt – “Unwanted Art”
- Patti Grosh – “Cast Aside”
- Michael Phillips – “Coal Culture”
- Jay Huron – “Fishing in Trash”
- Skip Sickler – “Tablerock Fire, Linville Gorge, Sunrise, 11/15/13”
- Daniel Burleson – “Forest Ghosts”
- Lynn Willis – “Table Rock Fire”

Flora and Fauna
Imagery of plants and animals common to the Southern Appalachians

- Spencer Black – “Love Shuffle”
- Robert Vance – “Aqua Flora”
- Michael Phillips – “Hamlet – Northern Saw-Whet Owl Portrait”
- Rob Travis – “Shortia”
- Sharon Canter – “Surviving the Season”
- Peggy GeFellers – “Viburnum leaf”
- Sarah L. Ernst – “Moss, Rocks, & Vines”
- Charles Johnson – “CJ Autumn Leaves”
- Jim Ruff – “Spring Curls”
- Skip Sickler – “Fungiscape” and “Dancing Leaves”

Scenic imagery capturing the rich diversity and natural beauty of the Southern Appalachian region

- Victor Ellison – “Cradle The Sun”
- Serge Skiba – “Autumn Flow”
- Kathryn Greven – “Sunset at Price Lake”
- Sharon Canter – “Lifting the Veil”
- Debra Vanderlaan – “After The Rain on the Valley River”
- Charles Johnson – “CJ Chattooga Torrent”
- Mark Steven Houser – “Linville River Fog”
- Ben Keys Jr. – “Snooper’s rock”

“Congratulations to this year’s finalists and thanks to everyone for submitting such great images,” competition organizer Rich Campbell said. “Your entry fees not only help raise funds for Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs SOLE Trips for students, but also show the world the unique people, places and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians.”

The finalist exhibition of photographs will open to the public on March 7, 2014, at 7 p.m., when voting will also open for the People’s Choice Award. The deadline for People’s Choice voting is March 28, 2014.

Final judging to select this year’s Best in Show and individual category winners will take place prior to the public reception announcement on April 4, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone.

About AMPC

The AMPC is a partnership between ASU’s Outdoor Programs, The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge and Mast General Store. AMPC also receives support from Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, Footsloggers, Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants and Stick Boy Bread Company.

For more information, visit, or call Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs at (828) 262-2475.

Additional Images

‘American Girls’ by Darron R. Silva, winner in the Culture category of the 2012 AMPC. Finalists’ photos for the 2013 competition were not available, as of presstime.
Photo courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

‘Muskrat with Ranger’ by Banister Pope, winner in the Flora and Fauna category of the 2012 AMPC.
Photo courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

‘Grandfather’s View of the Milky Way’ by Dale Forrest, winner of Best in Show, Landscape category, in the 2012 AMPC.
Photo courtesy of ASU Outoor Programs

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