An Entrance to Winter; Robert Stephens; 2017 People's Choice

15th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition

The following information about this past Turchin Center exhibition is kept here for archival purposes only. This exhibition is not currently on display. View current and upcoming exhibitions.

Friday, March 2, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018 (6:00pm - 10:00pm)
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Mezzanine Gallery

In its 15th year, the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) provides both amateur and professional photographers with the opportunity to showcase their interpretation of the unique character, people, places and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians. The categories include: Adventure, Blue Ridge Parkway, Culture, Our Ecological Footprint, Flora/Fauna and Landscape.

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South Mountain Wildfire; Cathy Anderson; 2017 Best in Show

1,082 entries were submitted and the jury panel selected 56 finalist images that are on display. Visitors to the Turchin Center are invited to participate in the People’s Choice Award selection beginning on Friday, Mar. 2 through Mar. 23, 2018. All awards will be announced on Saturday Mar. 24, 2018, at the Saturday screening of the Banff Film Festival and through media outlets. Rich Campbell, associate director of Appalachian’s Outdoor Programs says, “We were thrilled with the number of images submitted this year as 1,082 is very close to our record number of images. In addition, the quality of the images is stunning. We can't wait for the general public to see what has inspired artists and photographers over the course of the year."

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Top Burden Valley Fill; Lynn Willis; 2017 Our Ecological Footprint award

The jury who selected the 56 finalist images and the final award-winning photographs are accomplished photographers and artists. Garner Dewey is the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Director at Appalachian State University, and is an accomplished photographer and 3D modeler. Craig Dillenbeck is the lead installer and preparator at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. He earned his B.S. in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Technical Photography. Cheryl Zibisky holds her MFA in Photography and teaches commercial photography at Appalachian. In addition to her artistic practice, she works as a commercial photographer.

About the jurors

Garner Dewey

Dr. Garner Dewey has been at Appalachian State University since 2003 when he was hired as a faculty member in the Industrial Drafting and Design program (now Industrial Design). Prior to his arrival at App State, he was at the University of Georgia where he completed his PhD. In addition to being an accomplished photographer and 3D modeler here in Boone, Dr. Dewey has taught photography courses on photography, art and design in his home country of Costa Rica, as well as in Austria, Cuba and Spain. Since 2013 he has served as the QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) Director on Global Learning and this October he is also serving as the Interim Associate Dean for the College of Fine and Applied Arts. His two most recent exhibitions took place at the Blowing Rock and History Museum where he displayed photographs from Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Washington DC. He is married and has two sons.

Craig Dillenbeck

Craig joined the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in 2015 as Lead Installer and Preparator. He works closely with curator, Mary Anne Redding, and often works directly with artists represented at the Turchin Center and brings his special talents to insure all artwork is exhibited beautifully and effectively. Craig received his B.S. in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Technical Photography from Appalachian State University in 2005. He continues to make photographs, primarily in the outdoor lifestyle arena -- and also having the pleasure of working as a cameraman for a segment of Flatlander Films’ documentary Frost, telling the story of legendary rock-climber, photographer and environmental activist, Tom Frost. The film is in post-production and will premiere in 2018.

Cheryl Zibisky

Born in Detroit, but raised in the south, Cheryl had 10 great years in Brooklyn, New York. While in New York she enjoyed capturing the colorful urban life that surrounded her. She discovered the love of food while photographing new restaurants for New York Magazine. Her escapes from the city included train rides to Montauk or up the Hudson Valley to fly fish. Now, back in the south, she finds inspiration while hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Zibisky earned her MFA in Photography in January 2017 from New Hampshire Institute of Art. She has been teaching photography in the Commercial Photography Program at Appalachian State University for past six years while also working as a commercial photographer in addition to her artistic practice. Her work has been exhibited in approximately 15 group shows and one solo show. Recent work has been shown in "Art Through the Lens International Juried Photography Exhibition", "Center Forward" at The Center for Fine Art Photography and "New River Art Biennial 2017" at the Floyd Center for the Arts. Her commercial work has been published in over 20 different national magazines, as well as a handful of local and regional publications. In October 2016, her work was featured on the cover of Southern Living. Her fine art work can be found here: and her commercial work may be viewed at

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Summer Days; Ryan Davis; 2017 Blue Ridge Parkway - A Place to Play award

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Boardwalk in the Fog; Lynn Willis; 2017 Adventure award

Partnership and support

The AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Virtual Blue Ridge. The AMPC provides support for the university’s Office of Outdoor Programs and their extended expeditions that are educational journeys of discovery that take students around the world. The competition is generously sponsored by the Mast General Store and supporters include the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Nikon Cameras, Stickboy Bread Company, Bistro Roca, Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants, Smoky Mountain Living, Footsloggers of Blowing Rock, and Appalachian Voices.

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Eternal Beauty; Ronald Kevin Combs; 2017 Flora & Fauna award

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