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8th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition seeks images of trees
November 20, 2010

A program of the 8th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, The Parkway Tree Project is this year's Blue Ridge Parkway, Share the Journey® category theme. The Parkway Tree Project has been established to document significant trees of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photographers are encouraged to capture images of trees within the Parkway Boundaries 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. Amateur and professional photographers 13 years of age and older are encouraged to submit at prior to the competition's close at 5pm on Friday, December 17, 2010. 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.

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-seven that will be exhibited at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, February 4 through June 4, 2011.

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 Appalachian Voices; Bistro Roca, Inventive American Cuisine; Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters; Mast General Stores; and Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants.

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