It’s autumn! Time again for all photographers, both amateur and professional (ages 13 and up), to put away their summer things and sign up for the “Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition” (AMPC) held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC. Submissions to the contest must be received online at the organization’s website (www.appmtnphotocomp.org) by Nov. 20, 2015, at 5pm. The contest will culminate in a juried show the following spring at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA). Entrants will be eligible this year for over $4,000 in cash and prizes.
Now in its thirteenth year, the AMPC was created to celebrate the people, places, and pursuits distinctive to the Southern Appalachian Mountains and has since grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions, attracting entries from across the United States, with close to 1,000 submissions last year and 8000 visitors to the exhibition.
Each fall, a panel of professional photographers narrows down entries to approximately 50 images, to be exhibited at the TCVA beginning Mar. 4, 2016. Judges then select final winners of awards in various categories to be showcased in the TCVA show.
This year, the Turchin Center is hosting a new program of one-on-one portfolio reviews with members of the selecting panel. These in-person portfolio reviews will be offered on a lottery system.
“We are thrilled with the competition right now,” says Rich Campbell, Associate Director for Outdoor Programs at Appalachian State University and AMPC director, citing a redesigned, more user-friendly web site that also offers access to every finalist image from the past 12 years. “We think that this archive of images is one of the most comprehensive galleries of the Southern Appalachians,” says Campbell.
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. 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; the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants; Nikon Professional Services: and Stick Boy Bread Company.
For more information about this photography competition, please visit (www.appmtnphotocomp.org), or call Outdoor Programs at 828/262-2475.
About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University’s role as a key regional educational, cultural and economic resource.
For further information call 828/262-3017 or visit (www.tcva.org). You can also follow the Turchin Center on Facebook and Twitter @TurchinCenter.