Your Photos, Your Choice

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: Mar. 6 | Modified: Mar. 6
Your Photos, Your Choice

'Mount LeConte Winter' by Scott Hotaling, 2012 People's Choice Award.
Photo courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs


11th AMPC Finalists


- John Bryant Baker – “Climbing in the New River Gorge”
- Brent McGuirt – “Sunset Climb”
- Collin Waldron – “Blue Ridge Summer”
- Derek DiLuzio – “North Carolina Slick Rock” and “Spring Fishing”
- Eric Heistand – “Roan Dawn Patrol” and “The Disciple”
- Phill Baldwin – “Boarderlands Sunset”
- Amanda Prince – “Freedom!”

Blue Ridge Parkway: People on the Parkway

- Danielle Morton – “Refreshing in the falls”
- Houck Medford – “South End Runner”
- Jim Ruff – “High Country High Rider”
- Nicole Robinson – “Pondering”
- Eric Heistand – “Overlooked”
- Jake Metcalf – “Snow Day”


- Jenny Brown – “A rainy summer weekend adventure”
- Lou Murrey – “Boilin’ Sorghum Down” and “I play folklore music now…”
- Houck Medford – “Price Park Baptism”
- Debra Vanderlaan – “God Bless America”
- David Vanderlaan – “Pinto Beans”
- Sarah L. Ernst – “Full Steam Ahead”
- Jay Huron – “Old Time Instrument Maker”


- Brent McGuirt – “Unwanted Art”
- Patti Grosh – “Cast Aside”
- Michael Phillips – “Coal Culture”
- Jay Huron – “Fishing in Trash”
- Skip Sickler – “Tablerock Fire, Linville Gorge, Sunrise, 11/15/13”
- Daniel Burleson – “Forest Ghosts”
- Lynn Willis – “Table Rock Fire”

Flora & Fauna

- Spencer Black – “Love Shuffle”
- Robert Vance – “Aqua Flora”
- Michael Phillips – “Hamlet – Northern Saw-Whet Owl Portrait”
- Rob Travis – “Shortia”
- Sharon Canter – “Surviving the Season”
- Peggy GeFellers – “Viburnum leaf”
- Sarah L. Ernst – “Moss, Rocks, & Vines”
- Charles Johnson – “CJ Autumn Leaves”
- Jim Ruff – “Spring Curls”
- Skip Sickler – “Fungiscape” and “Dancing Leaves”


- Victor Ellison – “Cradle The Sun”
- Serge Skiba – “Autumn Flow”
- Kathryn Greven – “Sunset at Price Lake”
- Sharon Canter – “Lifting the Veil”
- Debra Vanderlaan – “After The Rain on the Valley River”
- Charles Johnson – “CJ Chattooga Torrent”
- Mark Steven Houser – “Linville River Fog”
- Ben Keys Jr. – “Snooper’s rock” 

Every vote counts.

Just ask one of 49 photographers competing in the 11th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition.

Out of 800 submissions, 49 images have been chosen to grace the walls of Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Six will win in their respective categories, and one will be deemed Best in Show.

Yet there’s one accolade that transcends the jurors’ decisions — AMPC’s coveted People’s Choice Award.

On Friday, March 7, the AMPC will open for exhibition at the TCVA, and the High Country can pick its favorite photo from this year’s crop of finalists. All the winners will be announced at the March 29 screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

People can vote for their favorites at a kiosk in the Turchin Center or by visiting Voting is free of charge.

“I think this year’s finalists are fantastic,” competition organizer Rich Campbell said. “We had a pretty high-end group of jurors and, in the past, there’d occasionally been in image or two where they wondered why it was in the competition. This year, they feel that every finalist’s image is deserving.”

Area photographers John Latimer, Kristin Espinosa and Carl Galie comprise this year’s juror panel.

“But People’s Choice is just a general favorite,” Campbell said, noting that the prize includes a $350 cash award, sponsored by Footsloggers.

The deadline to vote is March 28.

While the exhibition opens Friday, the official reception will be held at the TCVA Friday, April 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., due to scheduling conflicts with the university’s spring break. Another public reception, presented by Our State magazine, which is featuring the competition in its April issue, will take place March 28, also at the Turchin Center.

However, people are welcome to see the exhibit any time during the Turchin Center’s regular operating hours.

The Turchin Center is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge.

For more information, call (828) 262-3017, or visit

Additional Images

'Mount LeConte Winter' by Scott Hotaling, 2012 People's Choice Award.
Photo courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

'Ice Blue' by Brenda Ellis, Special Mention, BRP Vistas Category, 2011 AMPC.
Courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

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