AMPC announces jurors for 11th annual contest
The 11th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition
(AMPC) is currently open for registration and submissions.
Those interested in competing are encouraged to visit http://www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition’s close at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, for more information and to submit images online.
The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners, with $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 approximately 800 submissions last year and viewed in person by more than 10,000 people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts.
The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition will culminate in a professionally curated exhibition, which will be available to the public from March 7 to June 7, 2014 in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. All of the images are selected by a panel of jurors who have a professional background in photography and love for the natural environment. This year’s panel features John Latimer, Kristin Espinosa and Carl Galie.
Latimer is the coordinator of the commercial photography program at Appalachian State University. Prior to coming to Appalachian State, he taught photography and digital imaging at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a master printmaker and retoucher. His clients have included the George Eastman House, Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, John Issac, Catherine Opie and other prominent photographers around the country.
His own photography has been shown as far afield as China and Japan, as well as being carried commercially by Bloomingdales. He has lectured and given workshops across the country on Adobe Photoshop, printing and color theory application in photography.
Espinosa is a self-taught, natural light photographer who has been working in the fine arts field for more than 10 years. She described her innate ability to embrace the authenticity of her subject’s emotions and suspend them in time as distinguishing factors in her work, which has been called organic, honest and, at times, raw. Along with a casual approach to life and photography that she said puts her clients at ease, Espinosa has established a high standard for the quality of her work.
While growing up, the High Country was her second home, but for the past 13 years, she and her husband, Santiago, have lived here exclusively. They, along with their two young children, spend most of their free time enjoying the natural playground that is the High Country.
Galie is a North Carolina photographer, who has devoted his work to conservation issues for the last 18 years. Galie’s photographs of the Roanoke River basin have helped protect and preserve that region since 1995, when he received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Winston-Salem, Forsyth County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council. Galie’s photography of the Roanoke River Basin has been used in publications produced by The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife in North Carolina, Orion Afield magazine, the North Carolina Aquarium, Roanoke Canal Museum, Roanoke River Partners, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and by the National Park Service.
In 2009, Galie began working with Appalachian Voices and the National Committee for the New River, while documenting the vanishing beauty of coal country, focusing his attention on the devastating effect mountaintop removal of coal is having on the nation’s water resources.
“We are thrilled to announce our jurors this year,” AMPC competition director Rich Campbell said. “They have a very broad background in photography and will provide a strong and varied perspective from which to view the images. We are excited to have these individuals be a part of the AMPC (and) dedicate their time, talent and expertise to the competition this year.”
The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with more than $4,000 in cash and prizes. Jurors Latimer, Espinosa and Galie will review all entries and narrow them down to approximately 46 images that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center March 7 to June 7, 2014.
From those images, the judges will select the final winners, which will be showcased during the exhibition and at the 18th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour screenings March 28 and 29, 2014. Deadline for all AMPC submissions is Nov. 22.
For more information about AMPC, visit http://www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call ASU Outdoor Programs at (828) 262-2475.