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Article Published: Apr. 17 | Modified: Apr. 17
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‘Table Rock Fire’ by Lynn Willis is the People’s Choice Award winner for the 11th annual AMPC.
Photos courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

Eight photographers gave it their best shot — and won.

The 11th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition has announced its 2013-14 winners.

According to organizers, the annual competition “celebrates the unique people, places and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians,” while attracting contestants from across the United States.

The competition annually receives some 800 submissions and is viewed by more than 10,000 people at Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, where the works will be displayed through June 7.

“I heard a lot of different people say that this was just an outstanding year,” said Rich Campbell, associate director of ASU Outdoor Programs, which presents the festival with Virtual Blue Ridge, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and the TCVA. “People said that last year, as well. I think people just genuinely love where the competition is. It’s a great exhibition, and it’s really fun to see how people interpret the categories from year to year.”

This year’s winners in their categories are:

• Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation – “Overlooked” by Eric Heistand
• People’s Choice – “Table Rock Fire” by Lynn Willis
• Environment – “Forest Ghosts” by Daniel Burleson
• Adventure – “Blue Ridge Summer” by Collin Waldron
• Culture – “Boilin’ Sorghum Down” by Lou Murrey
• Landscape – “Lifting the Veil” by Sharon Canter
• Flora/Fauna – “Moss, Rocks & Vines” by Sarah L. Ernst
• Best in Show – “Autumn Leaves” by Charles Johnson
• Honorable Mentions – “Love Shuffle” by Spencer Black, “Cradle the Sun” by Victor Ellison, “Coal Culture” by Michael Phillips, “Full Steam Ahead” by Sarah L. Ernst, “High Country High Rider” by Jim Ruff, “Spring Curls” by Jim Ruff, “Spring Fishing” by Derek DiLuzio, “Roan Dawn Patrol” by Eric Heistand and “Snow Day” by Jake Metcalf.

The Best in Show, People’s Choice and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation winners received cash awards, while winners in other categories received gift cards to Mast General Store.

12th annual AMPC

Unlike previous years, submissions are now being accepted for the 12th annual AMPC. To learn more, visit

Additional Images

‘Table Rock Fire’ by Lynn Willis is the People’s Choice Award winner for the 11th annual AMPC.
Photos courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

‘Autumn Leaves’ by Charles Johnson won Best in Show in the 11th annual AMPC.

'Overlooked' by Eric Heistand won in the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation category

'Forest Ghosts' by Daniel Burleson won in the Environment category.

'Blue Ridge Summer' by Collin Waldron won in the Adventure category.

'Boilin’ Sorghum Down' by Lou Murrey won in the Culture category.

'Lifting the Veil' by Sharon Canter won in the Landscape category.

'Moss, Rocks & Vines' by Sarah L. Ernst won in the Flora/Fauna category.

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