Images from the 9th AMPC Exhibition, 2012.

9th Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition

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, February 3, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Mezzanine Gallery

2012 winners

Grandfather's View of the Milky Way
Dale Forrest
2012 Best in Show

Mount LeConte Winter
Scott Hotaling
2012 People's Choice Award

Adventure Awaits
Kristian Jackson
Category winner: Adventure

Tunnel Effects
Adam Wolfe
Category winner: Blue Ridge Parkway - A Ribbon of Road

American Girls
Darron Silva
Category winner: Culture

Wind Power
Cameron Baskin
Category winner: Our Environmental Footprint

Muskrat with Ranger
Banister Pope
Category winner: Flora & Fauna

Stars Over Cades Cove
Spencer Black
Category winner: Landscape

The 9th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) is a program of Appalachian's Outdoor Programs in partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. The AMPC has become a prominent regional competition, attracting the work of amateur and professional photographers from across the country and allowing them the opportunity to celebrate the unique people, places and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachian mountains. Categories for photographic submissions include:

  • Adventure
  • Blue Ridge Parkway - A Ribbon of Road
  • Culture
  • Our Ecological Footprint
  • Flora/Fauna
  • Landscape


William A. Bake has photographed the South for over 35 years and has created five successful books as well as booklets, prints, and posters. Considered one of the South’s premier landscape photographers, Bake has captured many of the unique landscapes found in the southern Appalachians. Among his published photography books are Wayfarer: A Voice from the Southern Mountains with James Dickey; The American South: Four Seasons of the Land and Towns and Cities, both with James J. Kilpatrick; and The Blue Ridge. In addition to being a well-regarded photographer, Bake is also an accomplished writer and interpreter of the natural and cultural heritage of the United States.

Ellen Gwin grew up in a family full of artists and fell in love with photography in middle school. Having graduated from Appalachian State University with a double major in Technical Photography and Communication, Gwin has been working professionally as a photographer ever since. She enjoys shooting photography in both film and digital formats. Passionate about her home in western North Carolina and the amazing natural and outdoor resources available, Gwin strives to promote these resources at every given chance.

Andrew Miller developed a passion for photography in the mid-nineties when he began capturing the wild and unique places he found himself working in as an outdoor educator and guide. He continues to work as a freelance photographer capturing the work of artists for print, web, and archival purposes and has had images published in fine art catalogs and WNC Magazine. While working at Appalachian State University, Andrew developed the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition and Exhibition and oversaw the competition through the first 8 years.

“All of our jurors this year are passionate about the outdoors, possess a significant and varied photographic background, and have been committed to the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition in some way over the years,” states AMPC Competition Director, Rich Campbell. “We are thrilled to have these individuals be a part of the AMPC who are dedicating their time, talent, and expertise to the competition this year.”


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This exhibition is a partnership between Appalachian State University's Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. The AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of...

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