19th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition
Mar 4, 2022 - Jun 5, 2022
19th Annual AMPC Awards Presentation – Saturday, April 2, 4 – 6 pm
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.
$4,000 in cash and prizes are made possible through the generous support of the Mast General Store, The 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.
September 17, 2021: Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition opens.
November 19, 2021 – 5:00 pm: Submission deadline for entries.
December 10, 2021: Finalists notified.
March 4, 2022: AMPC Exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts opens. People’s Choice Award voting begins.
April 1, 2022 – 5:00 pm: People’s Choice Award voting closes.
April 2, 2022 – 4:00 to 6:00 pm: AMPC Awards Presentation.
Exhibition and notification dates are subject to change. Visit https://www.appmtnphotocomp.org/ for updates.
Categories for the competition include:
Blue Ridge Parkway
Our Ecological Footprint
A Few Past Winners
Byron Tenesaca-Guaman is a visual artist and bilingual educator residing in Western North Carolina. Born in an ancestral Indigenous community in the Andes Mountain region of Ecuador to a family of basket weavers and agriculturists, Byron’s early years were spent learning the reciprocity system that exists between humans and the mountains. At the age of 11, he was brought to the southeast part of the United States to meet and live with his biological mother.
His continued passion for art and education has also led him to take on the roles of artist-in-residence, kindergarten teacher aide and HiSET instructor. He received a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Comprehensive Education from Western Carolina University. A certified K-12 art instructor, Byron currently serves the mountain community as the visual arts teacher at Johnston Elementary School. He was one of 50 artists selected to be part of The Asheville Art Museum’s inaugural exhibition “Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia.” His artworks, in various media, document, layer and weave the memories, culture, and history of the Andean and Appalachia Mountain regions together.
Julie Rae Powers received their MFA in Photography from The Ohio State University and their BFA in Photography from James Madison University. Recently, JR started Soft Lightning Studio, a photography publishing platform dedicated to broadening space in the photo world for image makers who are persons of color, queer, women, and others. Their work has focused on family history, coal, Appalachia, the queer “female” gaze, the butch body and queer chosen families. Their work is collected by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan and have been awarded the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2016 and 2020. For their day job they work as an instructional designer.