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7th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Opens for Registration and Submissions

BOONE—The 7th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) at Appalachian State University will open for registration and submissions Friday, Sept. 18.

Amateur and professional photographers 13 years of age and older are encouraged to submit at prior to the competition’s close at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.

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“Last year’s competition was a tremendous success highlighting photographers from the Southeast and beyond and I am really excited to get the seventh annual competition underway” said Andrew Miller, coordinator for Appalachian’s Outdoor Programs and AMPC competition director. The competition attracts entries from across the United States. Last year’s competition marked the first international submissions.

AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian’s Outdoor Programs and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation that celebrates the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians.

Appalachian Voices, a grassroots environmental organization based in Boone, has become the competition’s newest supporter. “We are always looking at ways to improve the competition and partnering with Appalachian Voices seemed like a natural progression,” Miller said. “The environment category has consistently received the fewest submissions of the seven categories of the competition. Appalachian Voices’ advocacy on issues important to the Southern Appalachians will bring focus to this category and will allow us to tap into the broad network they have developed in more than a decade’s work.”

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition has seven categories for submissions and $4,000 in cash and prizes. Competition categories include: adventure; Blue Ridge Parkway vistas and share the journey; culture; environmental issues; flora and fauna; and landscape.

A panel of professional photographers will review all entries and select those to be exhibited at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts March 5 through June 5, 2010.

“Our judges’ photographic backgrounds have varied considerably over the years from fine art to photojournalism. In general, they look for images that relate a unique perspective of the subject and that evoke interest and/or emotion from the viewer,” Miller said. “The judges look for a strong balance of composition and exposure and then interpret how well an image reflects the category in which it is entered. It is an interesting process to observe and I see our panelists getting most excited when an image presents a unique or challenging perspective on a subject that maintains some degree of familiarity.”

AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge, the online resource for the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the generous support of Appalachian Voices; Bistro Roca, Inventive American Cuisine; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Mast General Stores; and Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants.