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11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Opens

BOONE—The 11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) is open for registration and submissions through 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Amateur and professional photographers 13 years of age and older are encouraged to submit at www.appmtnphotocomp.org. The competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with more than $4,000 in cash and prizes.

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A partnership between Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, AMPC celebrates the people, places and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians. The competition attracts entries from across the United States. For more information, visit http://www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828-262-2475.

AMPC has grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions, receiving close to 1,000 submissions last year and being viewed in person by more than 10,000 people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts.

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

This year’s Blue Ridge Parkway Category theme, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, is The Blue Ridge Parkway – Parkway People. Photographers are challenged to capture people on the parkway, on the road, in the backcountry, or at any of the parks along its 469 miles.

Photos can include visitors or people at work. Entries will be judged on creativity, impact, subject matter, center of interest and storytelling – effectively sharing the journey by celebrating people of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The winning image in this category will receive a $500 cash award, provided by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Another category for the AMPC this year, highlighting the organizers commitment of raising awareness of the natural environment through the competition, is the “Our Ecological Footprint Category,” intended to document environmental concerns in the Southern Appalachians. Photographers are encouraged to capture an image that represents humankind’s ecological footprint in a creative and poignant way.

Appalachian Voices and the Mast General Store are partnering to present this award, which will go to the photographer who best captures the spirit of this category, with a $500 prize package of cash and prizes.

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

A panel of professional photographers will review all entries and select approximately 46 that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, March 7 through June 7, 2014. From those images, the judges will select the final winners to be showcased during the exhibition.

About Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition

The AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge, the premier online resource for the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Mast General Store. AMPC receives generous support from Appalachian Voices; Bistro Roca, Inventive American Cuisine; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants; and Stick Boy Bread Company.

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For downloadable press images: http://www.virtualblueridge.com/contests/app-mtn-2008/media-and-press