11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Finalists Announced

11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography CompetitionThis year’s panel of esteemed jurors has completed preliminary judging and has chosen 49 images for exhibition from almost 800 submissions. A complete list of finalists can be seen below.

Final judging to select this year’s Best In Show and individual category winners will take place prior to the public exhibition opening on March 7th, 2014 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC.  The exhibition and voting for the People’s Choice Award will begin at 7:00 pm.

Once voting for the People’s Choice Award ends on March 28th, 2013, competition organizers will announce this year’s award winners the following week.

Congratulations to this year’s finalists and thanks to everyone for submitting such great images! Your entry fees not only help raise funds for Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs SOLE Trips for students, but also show the world the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians.

And the finalists are . . .

Adventure :: Imagery depicting mountain sports such as climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, etc.
John Bryant Baker “Climbing in the New River Gorge”
Brent McGuirt “Sunset Climb”
Collin Waldron “Blue Ridge Summer”
Derek DiLuzio “North Carolina Slick Rock” &
“Spring Fishing”
Eric Heistand “Roan Dawn Patrol” &
“The Disciple”
Phill Baldwin “Boarderlands Sunset”
Amanda Prince “Freedom!”
Blue Ridge Parkway – People on the Parkway :: A rotating category each year with a different theme.
Danielle Morton “Refreshing in the falls”
Houck Medford “South End Runner”
Jim Ruff “High Country High Rider”
Nicole Robinson “Pondering”
Eric Heistand “Overlooked”
Jake Metcalf “Snow Day”
Culture :: Imagery depicting the people, their customs, traditions, architecture, and ways of life unique to the Southern Appalachian region.
Jenny Brown “A rainy summer weekend adventure”
Lou Murrey “Boilin’ Sorghum Down” &
“I play folklore music now…”
Houck Medford “Price Park Baptism”
Debra Vanderlaan “God Bless America”
David Vanderlaan “Pinto Beans”
Sarah L Ernst “Full Steam Ahead”
Jay Huron “Old Time Instrument Maker”
Environment :: Imagery documenting environmental concerns in Central and Southern Appalachia.
Brent McGuirt “Unwanted Art”
Patti Grosh “Cast Aside”
Michael Phillips “Coal Culture”
Jay Huron “Fishing in Trash”
Skip Sickler “Tablerock Fire, Linville Gorge, Sunrise, 11/15/13”
Daniel Burleson “Forest Ghosts”
Lynn Willis “Table Rock Fire”
Flora and Fauna :: Imagery of plants and animals common to the Southern Appalachians.
Spencer Black “Love Shuffle”
Robert Vance “Aqua Flora”
Michael Phillips “Hamlet – Northern Saw-Whet Owl Portrait”
Rob Travis “Shortia”
Sharon Canter “Surviving the Season”
Peggy GeFellers “Viburnum leaf”
Sarah L Ernst “Moss, Rocks, & Vines”
Charles Johnson “CJ Autumn Leaves”
Jim Ruff “Spring Curls”
Skip Sickler “Fungiscape” &
“Dancing Leaves.”
Landscape :: Scenic imagery capturing the rich diversity and natural beauty of the Southern Appalachian region.
Victor Ellison “Cradle The Sun”
Serge Skiba “Autumn Flow”
Kathryn Greven “Sunset at Price Lake”
Sharon Canter “Lifting the Veil”
Debra Vanderlaan “After The Rain on the Valley River”
Charles Johnson “CJ Chattooga Torrent”
Mark Steven Houser “Linville River Fog”
Ben Keys, Jr “Snooper’s rock”

For more information about this photography competition, please visit www.appmtnphotocomp.org, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.2475.



  1. […] Congratulations to Sarah Ernst, a second-year student in the MTCC Photography Program! Two photographs by Sarah were selected as finalists in the 11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition. From more than 800 submissions, 50 images were selected for an exhibition opening on March 7th, 2014 at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts in Boone, NC. To see the list of finalists go to Blue Ridge Parkway Journeys. […]

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