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Article Published: Feb. 28, 2013 | Modified: Feb. 28, 2013
Picture This

'Mount LeConte Winter' by Scott Hotaling, in the AMPC's Landscape category, won the 2012 People's Choice Award.
Photo courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

A picture is worth a thousand words.

But is it worth a thousand votes?

Find out this Friday, when the 10th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition opens voting for the coveted People’s Choice Award.

The popular competition’s opening reception takes place Friday, as well, at Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. The doors open at 7 p.m.

The occasion marks the first time the general public will be able to see this year’s selected images, but not the last. They’ll be on display at the TCVA through Aug. 17, though People’s Choice voting ends May 17.

To vote, visit the special kiosk in the Turchin Center or, at which participants may vote for up to three images.

According to competition director Rich Campbell, 1,900 people voted in last year’s competition, with Scott Hotaling receiving the most – at 277 – for “Mount LeConte Winter.”

“We encourage people to vote for the image that really speaks to them the most or the image that resonates with them the most,” Campbell said. “The jurors always enjoy seeing what speaks to the rest of the people viewing the AMPC and if what they thought were the award-winners were also what the general public thought, as well.”

Voters can choose from 46 finalist images, whittled down from approximately 900 entries. “It’s always interesting to see the images that come out,” Campbell said.

The jurors – ASU photographer Marie Freeman, photography instructor Chip Williams and professional photographer Jamey Fletcher – will soon reconvene for the final round of judging to select category winners, special mentions and Best in Show, all of which will be announced May 18.

“What we try to do with AMPC is encourage people to take a creative look at familiar resources, places or landmarks,” Campbell said. “In large part, we have a lot of photographers that really will take an image of the Blue Ridge Parkway … and you’ll be surprised by the beauty of something that’s so familiar.”

The competition is billed as a regional event, Campbell said, meaning subject matter spans the Southeast.

“But if you were to look at the largest proportion of all the entries, they’re from the High Country area,” he said. “People know it’s a regional event, but it’s really a homegrown event that a lot of people in the High Country participate in.

“… It really focuses on Southern Appalachia, mountain sports and adventure, and it resonates with the people living here because of that. So, the content really features a lot of local icons – cultural and environmental.”

The 10th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition’s opening reception takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, as part of the Downtown Boone First Friday Art Crawl. Live music comes courtesy of The Lucky Strikes, and a cash bar will be available. The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

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