Give It Your Best Shot

Article Published: Oct. 13, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 8, 2011
Give It Your Best Shot

Evolution River by Scott Hotaling, 2010 People's Choice, Landscape category.
Photo courtesy ASU Outdoor Programs

The ninth annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) is currently open for registration and submissions.

Visit prior to the competition’s close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, for more information and to submit images online. 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 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 in downtown Boone. The professionally curated exhibition, which will be available to the public from Feb. 3 to June 2, 2012, in the Turchin Center, is selected by a panel of jurors who have a professional background in photography and the natural environment.

Competition organizers are excited to announce this year’s Blue Ridge Parkway category theme, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, which is “The Blue Ridge Parkway – A Ribbon of Road.” Photographers are encouraged to capture images of the Blue Ridge Parkway that incorporate some aspect of the actual parkway itself. Those submitting images to this category will be asked to identify the parkway location and describe why the parkway is of particular significance as captured by the composition of the photograph.

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.

Another new addition highlights the competition’s commitment of raising awareness of the natural environment. The “Our Ecological Footprint” category is intended to document environmental concerns in the Southern Appalachians. Photographers are encouraged to capture an image that represents our ecological footprint in a creative and poignant way. Appalachian Voices and the Mast General Store are partnering to present this award, which includes a $500 package of cash and prizes.

Additional competition categories this year include Best in Show, which wins a $1,000 cash prize, the People’s Choice Award, which will receive a $350 cash award presented by Footsloggers, and the following categories of Culture, Adventure, Flora and Fauna, and Landscape will each win $250 prize packages from the Mast General Store.

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 Feb. 3 through June 2, 2012. From those images, the judges will select the final winners, which will be showcased during the exhibition.

The competition is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge and Mast General Store. Other supporters include Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, Footsloggers, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants and Stick Boy Bread Company.

For more information, visit or call ASU Outdoor Programs at (828) 262-2475.

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