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Worth a Thousand Words (and $4,000)

Article Published: Sep. 6, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 6, 2012
Worth a Thousand Words (and $4,000)

‘Mount LeConte Winter’ by Scott Hotaling, 2012 People’s Choice Award, Landscape category. On
the front: ‘Floppy Ears’ by Scott Brown, 2009 winner, BRP Journey category.
Photo courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

The 10th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) is now open for registration and submissions.

Amateur and professional photographers 13 years of age and older are encouraged to submit at prior to the competition’s close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with more than $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 more than 1,000 submissions in 2011 and viewed in person by over 10,000 people at Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center.

To celebrate the 10th annual AMPC, the exhibition will partner with An Appalachian Summer in 2013. The AMPC exhibition will be on display through the summer of 2013 and will serve as the focal point of a photography workshop that is free and open to the public on July 19, 2013. This workshop will be followed by a reception to honor the 10th annual AMPC.

And, for those who wish to take their photography to the next level, the AMPC will host an extensive field-based photography workshop July 20 to 21, 2013, led by faculty from Appalachian State University’s technical photography department. More details about these workshops will be posted at

Competition organizers are excited to announce this year’s Blue Ridge Parkway Category theme, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, which is “Blue Ridge Parkway – Weather on the Parkway.” Photographers are challenged to capture images of the Blue Ridge Parkway roadway itself that also incorporates some aspect of weather on the parkway.

Photographers are encouraged to capture unique and interesting weather events that are so often a part of the ever-changing mountain environment of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Entries will be judged on creativity, impact, subject matter, center of interest and storytelling – effectively sharing the journey by celebrating the Blue Ridge Parkway. The winning image in this category will receive a $500 cash award, provided by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Additional competition categories this year include Best in Show, which wins a $1,000 cash prize, the People’s Choice Award presented by Footsloggers, which will receive a $350 cash award, Our Ecological Footprint, and the following categories of Culture, Adventure, Flora and Fauna, and Landscape.

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with more than $4,000 in cash and prizes. A panel of professional photographers will review all entries and narrow them down to approximately 46 that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center March 1 through Aug. 16, 2013. From those images, the judges will select the final winning photographs, which will be showcased during the exhibition.

About AMPC

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. AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge, Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters, Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants and Stick Boy Bread Company. For more information, visit or call Outdoor Programs at (828) 262-2475.

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