AMPC now taking submissions
The ninth annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) opened for registration and submissions Monday, Aug. 1.
Amateur and professional photographers 13 years of age and older are encouraged to submit at http://www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition's close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.
A partnership between Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, ASU's 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 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition has grown into one the region's most prestigious photography competitions with more than 600 submissions last year and viewed in person by more than 10,000 people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts.
The AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge. Also, Mast General Store is sponsoring five categories for this year's competition and will be providing more than $1,000 in prizes for those category winners.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is sponsoring the "Blue Ridge Parkway-A Ribbon of Road" category. Photographers are encouraged to capture images of the Blue Ridge Parkway that incorporate some aspect of the actual roadway itself.
Those submitting images to this category will be asked to identify the Parkway location (e.g. GPS coordinates, milepost or other identifying indicators of the road's location) and describe in a short story of a paragraph or more 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 AMPC offers seven separate categories - including more than $4,000 in cash and prizes - and include Best in Show, Blue Ridge Parkway, People's Choice, Culture, Adventure, Flora and Fauna, Landscape and Our Ecological Footprint.
The Best in Show wins a $1,000 cash prize, and the Blue Ridge Parkway category will win a $500 cash award. 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 for the Visual Arts Feb. 3 through June 2, 2012. From those images, the judges will select the final winners that will be showcased during the exhibition.
For more information, call the ASU Department of Outdoor Programs at (828) 262-2475.