8th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition opens for registration and submissions

Parkway Tree Project Announced as this year's Parkway Category Theme

The 8th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) will open for registration and submissions on Friday, September 17. Amateur and professional photographers 13 years of age and older are encouraged to submit at http://www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition's close at 5pm on Friday, December 17, 2010.

A partnership between Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, AMPC celebrates the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians and attracts entries from across the United States.

Competition organizers are excited to announce this year's Blue Ridge Parkway, Share the Journey® Category theme; The Parkway Tree Project. The areas comprising the Blue Ridge Parkway boast nearly 100 tree species that contribute to ecological zones of unsurpassed diversity. The Parkway Tree Project seeks to bring greater public awareness to the rich natural resources of the region and to document significant trees that contribute to the character, environment, and/or aesthetic of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photographers are encouraged to capture images of trees along the Blue Ridge Parkway that stand out as the most beautiful, the oldest or largest, trees that tell a story or have a place in history, and those that are unique for their shape, species or character. Those submitting images to the Parkway Tree Project will be asked to identify the tree species, document the tree's location (e.g. GPS coordinates, Mile Post, or other identifying indicators of the tree's location), and describe in a short story of a paragraph or more why the photographed tree is of particular significance. Entries will be judged on impact, subject matter, center of interest, and storytelling—effectively sharing the journey by celebrating trees along the Parkway.

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers seven separate categories for submissions and $4,000 in cash and prizes. Competition categories include...

  • Adventure;
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas and Share the Journey®;
  • Culture;
  • Our Ecological Footprint;
  • Flora and Fauna; and
  • Landscape.

A panel of professional photographers is tasked with reviewing all entries and narrowing them down to approximately forty-six that will hang in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, February 4 through June 4, 2011.

About Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition

The AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian State University's Outdoor Programs, The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge, the premier online resource for the Blue Ridge Parkway and the generous support of...

For more information about this photography competition, please visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at (828) 262-4954.

For downloadable press images, please visit http://www.virtualblueridge.com/contests/app-mtn-2008/media-and-press.

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