AMPC announces jurors for annual competition
The ninth annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) is currently open for registration and submissions.
Visit http://www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition’s close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, for more information and to submit images online. AMPC 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 AMPC has grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions with close to 1,000 submissions last year and viewed in person by more than 10,000 people at the Turchin Center. The AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge and the Mast General Store. Supporters of the AMPC include: Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, Footsloggers, Peabody’s and Stick Boy Bread Company.
The AMPC will culminate in a professionally curated exhibition, which will be available to the public from Feb. 3 to June 2, 2012, in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. All of the images are selected by a panel of jurors who have a professional background in photography and the natural environment. This year’s AMPC jurors are William A. Bake, Ellen Gwin and Andrew Miller.
Bake has photographed the South for more than 35 years, in the process creating five successful books, as well as booklets, prints and posters. Considered one of the South’s premier landscape photographers, he has captured many of the unique landscapes found in the southern Appalachians.
Among his published photography books are “Wayfarer: A Voice from the Southern Mountains” with James Dickey and “The American South: Four Seasons of the Land” and “The American South: Towns and Cities,” both with James J. Kilpatrick, and “The Blue Ridge.” In addition to being a well-regarded photographer, Bake is also an accomplished writer and interpreter of the natural and cultural heritage of the United States.
Gwin grew up in a family full of artists and fell in love with photography in middle school. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a double major in technical photography and communication and has been working professionally as a photographer ever since. Gwin enjoys shooting photography in both film and digital formats. She is passionate about her home in western North Carolina and the natural and outdoor resources and strives to promote it at every given chanceMiller developed a passion for photography in the mid-1990s, when he began capturing the wild and unique places he found himself working in as an outdoor educator and guide. He continues to work as a freelance photographer capturing the work of artists for print, web and archival purposes and has had images published in fine art catalogs and WNC Magazine. While working at ASU, he developed the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition and Exhibition and oversaw the competition through the first eight years.
“All of our jurors this year are passionate about the outdoors, possess a significant and varied photographic background and have been committed to the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition in some way over the years,” AMPC director Rich Campbell said. “We are thrilled to have these individuals be a part of the AMPC who are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to the competition this year.”
The AMPC offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners, with more than $4,000 in cash and prizes. The jurors will review all entries and narrow them down to approximately 46 that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Feb. 3 through June 2, 2012. From those images, the judges will select the final winners, which will be showcased during the exhibition and announced at the 16th annual Banff Film Festival March 30 and 31, 2012. The deadline for all AMPC submissions is Nov. 18, 2011.
For more information, visit http://www.appmtnphotocomp.org or call Outdoor Programs at (828) 262-2475.