The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Opening Reception takes place on Friday, February 3, 2012 along with the start of voting for the AMPC People’s Choice Award. 49 finalist images will be on display from February 3 through June 2 at the Turchin Center for the Visual arts on the Campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
A panel of jurors selected the images for exhibition from 1,156 images – the largest number of submissions ever received. 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.
Cast your vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award via a kiosk at the exhibition or online at www.appmtnphotocomp.org. Voting officially begins with the public reception opening at 7:00 pm, Friday, February 3 and voting will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, March 30, 2012. The winner of the People’s Choice award receives a $350 cash award furnished by Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitter in Boone and Blowing Rock.
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,” says Rich Campbell, Director of Outdoor Programs.
In the years since the first competition, Outdoor Programs has partnered with the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in offering AMPC. “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,” says Campbell.
The 9th Annual AMPC is sponsored by VirtualBlueRidge.com, the premier Blue Ridge Parkway online resource, who provided the entire online presence for the competition; and The Mast General Store, who is providing prize packages in 5 different categories. The AMPC is supported by Peabody’s Beer and Wine Merchants; Bistro Roca Casual Fine Dining; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Appalachian Voices; and Stick Boy Bread Company.
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 21-55 day active educational adventures of discovery. Outdoor Programs partners with academic departments and the Office of International Programs to provide students with unique international and domestic adventure travel opportunities that are life changing experiences.
Students spend extended time exploring rugged and remote wilderness and become immersed in new and exciting cultures all while gaining academic credit. To learn more about the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, its organizers and sponsors visit the Turchin Center or go online at www.appmtnphotocomp.org.
For more information about this photography competition, please visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.
About Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition:
The AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs, 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 generous support of Mast General Stores. Additional support is provided by Bistro Roca, Inventive American Cuisine; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants; and Stick Boy Bread Company. Keep up on Twitter – Follow BRPGuide using hashtag #appmtnphoto. Keep up on Facebook – Follow Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition and Virtual Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information about this photography competition, please visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.