9th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Opens for Registration and Submissions

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The 9th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) opened for registration and submissions on Monday, August 1, 2011. Amateur and professional photographers 13 years of age and older are encouraged to submit at www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition’s close at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 18, 2011.

A partnership between Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, 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 over 600 submissions last year and viewed in person by over 10,000 people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts.

The AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge, the premier online resource for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mast General Store is sponsoring 5 categories for this year’s competition and will be providing over $1,000 in prizes for those category winners. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is sponsoring the category 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 roadway itself. Those submitting images to the Blue Ridge Parkway – A Ribbon of Road will be asked to identify the Parkway location (e.g. GPS coordinates, Mile Post, 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 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers seven separate categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes. Competition categories 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 forty‐six that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, February 3 through June 2, 2012. From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition.