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Opening reception for Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition will be held March 1

BOONE—The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) opening reception will take place March 1 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University.

The images of the 46 finalists selected from the 10th Annual AMPC will be on display at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts from March 1 through Aug. 16.

This reception also marks the beginning of the voting process for the AMPC People’s Choice Award. A kiosk will be available at the exhibition for viewers to cast their votes. Votes can be cast online by visiting People’s Choice Award voting closes at 5 p.m. on May 17.

A panel of jurors selected the images for exhibition from more than 800 photographs that were submitted this year. 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.

The AMPC has grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions with more than 800 submissions last year. The finalist images were viewed by more than 10,000 people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts.

A partnership between Appalachian State University’s 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.

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. By promoting photography, we are encouraging people to go out and engage with the world around them,” said Rich Campbell, associate director of Outdoor Programs.

The AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge and Mast General Store. Supporters of the AMPC include Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, Footsloggers, Peabody’s and Stick Boy Bread Company.

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

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 10- to 55-day active educational adventures of discovery, where students spend extended time exploring rugged and remote wilderness and become immersed in new and exciting cultures – domestically and internationally – while gaining academic credit.

To learn more about the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, visit the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts or