Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition

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To right: Best in Show from the 13th Annual AMPC, Brother Carol by James K. Fay


ASU 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, and Landscape. $4,000 in cash and prizes are made possible through the generous support of the  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. Visit the Outdoor Programs website to find out more information on the  Student Outdoor Learning Expeditions  program at ASU.

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 13th Annual Flora and Fauna category winner, Dripping Triptych by Raven Moffett

  13th Annual People's Choice Award, Winter Fairy Tale by Steve Yocom


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 13th Annual Culture category winner (tie), Robert with Christmas Dinner by Elle Olivia Anderson  13th Annual Culture category winner (tie), Tom and Roxie by Elle Olivia Anderson

In celebration of the 15th annual AMPC exhibition the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) is bringing back a popular program open to all photographers who submit their artwork to the annual competition.  In-person portfolio reviews will be available on a lottery system, which will give photographers a chance to have a one on one portfolio review with one of our professional photographers who are leading the reviews this year.  


The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes. A panel of professional photographers will review all entries and narrow them down to approximately 50 images that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, March 2 - June 2, 2018. From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition.

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; Nikon Professional Services; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants; and Stick Boy Bread Company. For more information about this photography competition, please visit , or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.

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Student Recreation Center
150 Bodenheimer Drive
Boone, North Carolina 28608

Phone: (828) 262-4077
A program area within UREC in the division of Student Affairs.

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