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18th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition

Mar 5 - Jun 5

mountain photography competition

Mike Baker, End Times; Best in Show category winner; 2021 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: Nature’s Escape

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.

18th AMPC Winners

  • Mike Baker
    End Times
    Best in Show
  • Jim Ruff
    Moonwalk
    People’s Choice Award

Category winners

  • Lynn Willis
    The White Room
    Adventure
  • Gina Knox
    Better Together
    Blue Ridge Parkway: Nature’s Escape
  • Alicia Green
    Carport Ollie
    Culture
  • Jodie Castellani
    The Graphite Reactor
    Our Ecological Footprint
  • Chris Almerini
    Roan Mountain Fantasy
    Flora and Fauna
  • Terri Campbell
    In Darkness Comes Light
    Landscape

Special Jury Mention

  • Skip Sickler
    Evening Show
  • Steven McBride
    In Flight
  • Sam Brown
    A Successful Firing Self-portrait
  • Skip Sickler
    Comet Neowise versus Light Pollution
Daniel Goida; Golden Hour; Adventure category winner; 2020 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

Alicia Green, Carport Ollie; Culture category winner; 2021 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

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

Jim Ruff, Moonwalk; People’s Choice category winner; 2021 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition

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

Gina Knox, Better Together, Blue Ridge Parkway Journey: Nature’s Escape category winner; 2021 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

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

Jodie Castellani, The Graphite Reactor; Our Ecological Footprint category winner; 2021 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

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

Lynn Willis, The White Room; Adventure category winner; 2021 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

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

Terri Campbell, In Darkness Comes Light, Landscape category winner; 2021 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

Johnny Miller Unequal Scenes Detroit, Michigan, USA

Chris Almerini, Roan Mountain Fantasy; Flora and Fauna category winner; 2021 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition.

Johnny Miller Unequal Scenes Detroit, Michigan, USA

Sam Brown, A Successful Firing Self-portrait; Special Juror Mention; 2021 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition.

Johnny Miller Unequal Scenes Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Skip Sickler, Comet Neowise versus Light Pollution; Special Juror Mention; 2021 Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition.

Johnny Miller Unequal Scenes Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Steven McBride, In Flight, Special Juror Mention; 2021. Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition

Johnny Miller Unequal Scenes Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Skip Sickler, Evening Show; Special Juror Mention; 2021 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.”

 

 

Video & Connections: Exhibition Guide

Gallery walk-through video (top)

Awards Presentation video (middle)

Contemporary Appalachian Photography Panel Discussion (bottom)

Additional Images