AMPC reception Feb. 3

Article Published: Feb. 2, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 30, 2012
AMPC reception Feb. 3

‘Evolution River’ by Scott Hotaling, 2010 People’s Choice winner in the Landscape category.
Photo courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Opening Reception takes place on Friday, Feb. 3, along with the start of voting for the AMPC People’s Choice Award.

A private reception for photographers, artists, donors and their guests runs from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a public reception from 7 to 9 p.m.

Forty-nine finalist images will be on display from Feb. 3 through June 2 at the Turchin Center for the Visual arts on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone.

A panel of jurors selected the images for exhibition from the largest number of submissions ever received: 1,156.

The jurors will soon return for the final round of judging to select category winners, award special mention honors and select one image as best in show. Cast your vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award via a kiosk at the exhibition or online at

Voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30. The winner of the People’s Choice award receives a $350 cash award furnished by Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitter in Boone and Blowing Rock.
Outdoor Programs promoted the first Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition in 2004.

“Our mission is to promote discovery through human-powered adventure, and photography is an active process of discovery,” said Rich Campbell, director of ASU Outdoor Programs. “By promoting photography, we are encouraging people to go out and engage with the world around them.”

In the years since the first competition, Outdoor Programs has partnered with the Turchin Center and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in offering AMPC.

“We really appreciate the support of our community partners and sponsors,” Campbell said. “The level of enthusiasm they bring really allows us to make AMPC one of the top photography exhibitions in the region.”

The ninth Annual AMPC is sponsored by, a Blue Ridge Parkway online resource that provides the entire online presence for the competition, and Mast General Store, which is providing prize packages in five different categories. The AMPC is supported by Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants, Bistro Roca, Footsloggers, Appalachian Voices and Stick Boy Bread Company.

Proceeds from the Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition are used to support students who wish to experience Student Outdoor Learning Expeditions (SOLE) at Appalachian State University.

SOLE trips are 21- to 55-day active educational adventures of discovery. Outdoor Programs partners with academic departments and the ASU Office of International Programs to provide students with unique international and domestic adventure travel opportunities that many say are life changing experiences. Students spend extended time exploring rugged and remote wilderness and become immersed in new and exciting cultures all while gaining academic credit.

To learn more about the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, its organizers and sponsors, visit the Turchin Center or go online at

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