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18th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition

March 5 - June 5

Michael Kaal; Fabio. Best in Show.

Michael Kaal; Fabio; Best in Show and Flora and Fauna category winner; 17th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and Virtual Blue Ridge present the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition and Exhibition. This competition is sponsored by the Mast General Store. This competition provides both amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to showcase their interpretation of the unique character, people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians.  
Categories for the competition include:

  • Adventure
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Culture
  • Our Ecological Footprint
  • Flora/Fauna
  • Landscape
$4,000 in cash and prizes are made possible through the generous support of the Mast General StoreThe Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters, and Appalachian Voices.

A portion of the proceeds from the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition support Outdoor Programs Student Outdoor Learning Expeditions at Appalachian State University. SOLE trips are educational journeys of discovery that take students around the world.

Schedule

  • September 1, 2020 – 5:00 pm
    Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition opens.November 20, 2020 – 5:00 pm
    Submission deadline for entries.December 11, 2020
    Finalists announced.

    March 5, 2021
    AMPC Exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts opens. People’s Choice Award voting begins.

    March 19, 2021 – 5:00 pm
    People’s Choice Award voting closes.

    March 20, 2021 – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Private photographer’s reception at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts where winners are recognized.

    June 5, 2021
    18th Annual AMPC exhibit closes.

    Exhibition and notification dates are subject to change. Visit this website or subscribe to our newsletter for updates, if they happen.

  • September 1, 2020 – 5:00 pm
    Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition opens.November 20, 2020 – 5:00 pm
    Submission deadline for entries.December 11, 2020
    Finalists announced.

    March 5, 2021
    AMPC Exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts opens. People’s Choice Award voting begins.

    March 19, 2021 – 5:00 pm
    People’s Choice Award voting closes.

    March 20, 2021 – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Private photographer’s reception at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts where winners are recognized.

    June 5, 2021
    18th Annual AMPC exhibit closes.

    Exhibition and notification dates are subject to change. Visit this website or subscribe to our newsletter for updates, if they happen.

Daniel Goida; Golden Hour; Adventure category winner; 2020 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

Daniel Goida; Golden Hour; Adventure category winner; 2020 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

Skip Sickler; Cloud Over Table Rock Mountain; Landscape category winner; 2020 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

Skip Sickler; Cloud Over Table Rock Mountain; Landscape category winner; 2020 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

William Mauney; Sugar Mountain Brocken Spectre; People's Choice Award; 2020 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

William Mauney; Sugar Mountain Brocken Spectre; People’s Choice Award; 2020 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

Jurors

Johnny Miller Unequal Scenes Detroit, Michigan, USA

Shauna Caldwell

Shauna Caldwell is an artist from Boone, NC. She received BFAs in both studio art and art education. In addition to working as assistant director of Arts Education and Outreach for the Turchin Center for Visual Arts and the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs at Appalachian State University, she is currently pursuing an MA in Appalachian studies and a graduate certificate in non-profit administration. Her roots in Appalachia and relationship with the environment shape her creative work.

Johnny Miller Unequal Scenes Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Eric Heistand

Eric Heistand is a visual storyteller with a love for capturing redemptive moments and unlikely heroes. An outdoor enthusiast, Eric’s photography began as an extension of chronicling his adventures on rock walls and ski slopes. Nimble movement over mountainous terrain has shaped Eric’s embrace of a “fast and light” photography ethic. Eric moved from the Colorado Rockies to the Appalachians 12 years ago. He has grown to love the misty mountains of North Carolina. “Don’t be fooled by their smaller size, compared to other great mountain ranges,” says Eric. “These mountains easily hide beautiful treasures within their dense and complex canopy. A friendship with a local can open up secret passages and vistas that aren’t marked on any map.”