Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Announces Jurors for the 9th Annual Photography Competition

 The 9th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) is currently open for registration and submissions. Visit prior to the competition’s close at 5pm on Friday, November 18, 2011 for more information and to submit images online. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition will culminate in a professionally curated exhibition, which will be available to the public from February 3 to June 2, 2012 in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. All of the images are selected by a panel of jurors who have a professional background in photography and the natural environment.
The AMPC is pleased to announce the jurors for the 9th annual competition as William A. Bake, Ellen Gwin, and Andrew Miller.

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.”

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories with over $4,000 in cash and prizes. Our jurors William A. Bake, Ellen Gwin, and Andrew Miller will review all entries and narrow them down to approximately forty-six that will be displayed in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, February 3 through June 2, 2012. From those images, the judges will select the final winners which will be showcased during the exhibition and announced at the 16th Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival March 30-31, 2012.

For more information about this photography competition, please visit, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.  For downloadable press images

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