Ninth annual AMPC winners announced
Organizers of the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition
announced Friday the winners of the ninth annual contest.
Dale Forrest and his image, “Grandfather’s View of the Milky Way,” took top honors, receiving the designation of Best in Show. Forrest will take home a cash award of $1,000 furnished through competition proceeds.
Category winners acknowledge the top image in each of the seven competition categories. Winners of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Our Environmental Footprint categories will receive cash awards furnished by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and Appalachian Voices, respectively. The remaining category winners receive Mast General Store prize packages.
Scott Hotaling’s image, “Mount LeConte Winter,” is the public’s pick in this year’s People’s Choice Award and will receive $350 furnished by Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters. Almost 1,900 votes were cast in this year’s People’s Choice Award.
The winners are as follows:
Adventure – “Adventure Awaits” by Kristian Jackson
Blue Ridge Parkway: A Ribbon of Road – “Tunnel Effects” by Adam Wolfe
Landscape – “Stars over Cades Cove” by Spencer Black
Culture – “American Girls” by Darron Silva
Our Environmental Footprint – “Wind Power” by Cameron Baskin
Flora & Fauna – “Muskrat with Ranger” by Banister Pope
An additional seven images of distinction and merit received special mention honors from the judges:
“White Horse” by Jerry Atnip, “Roadside Attraction” by Andi Gelsthorpe, “Cardinal, 1/9” by Dot Griffith, “The 298” by Eric Heistand, “The Start” by Eric Heistand, “The Intimidator” by Jim Ruff and “The Family Business” by Toril Lavender.
All 49 images selected for the ninth annual exhibition will remain on display in the Mezzanine Gallery of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts through June 2. An archive of AMPC exhibited images can be viewed http://www.highcountryphotos.com.
The AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.
The AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge, an online resource for the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Mast General Store. The AMPC is supported by Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, Footsloggers, Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants, and Stick Boy Bread Company.
For more information about this photography competition, visit http://www.appmtnphotocomp.org or call