AMPC finalists announced
Preliminary judging for the seventh annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) has been completed and 47 images have been selected for exhibition from 1,116 total submissions. This year's competition received entries from 14 states, Kosovo and Quebec. Names of the finalists can be viewed on the AMPC blog.
The public will get its first glimpse of this year's accepted works on display at the Mezzanine Gallery of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts during the Downtown Boone Art Crawl on Friday, March 5. Images will remain on exhibition through June 5, 2010.
Judges for the competition included Troy Tuttle, senior photographer for Appalachian State University; Jamie Goodman, communications coordinator for Appalachian Voices; and portrait photographer Katie Langley.
Once opened, the AMPC judges will visit the exhibit at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts to complete the final round of judging. A winning image will be identified in each of the seven competition categories, and one image will be selected as Best in Show. The public will also get a chance to nominate their favorite image through the Footsloggers People's Choice Award.
People's choice voting will begin with the March 5 opening of the exhibition, and visitors to the Turchin Center can cast their votes through a kiosk located in the Mezzanine gallery. Those not able to make the trip to the gallery can visit http://www.appmtnphotocomp.org to view the exhibited images and vote online. Voting for the Footsloggers People's Choice Award will remain open through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 26.
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, an online resource for the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the support of Appalachian Voices; Bistro Roca, Inventive American Cuisine; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Mast General stores; Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants; Reynolda House Museum of American Art; and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine.
For more information about this photography competition, visit http://www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828-262-4954.