Reader Help: Appalachian Mountain Photography Contest
Friends, family, readers and lurkers…. I solicit your counsel!!!
ASU Outdoor Programs, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts are sponsoring the 6th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Contest. The submission deadline is this Saturday, January 24th at 5 PM and for each photo you enter, there is a $5 fee (portions of which go to the Student Outdoor Learning Expedition).
I would like to participate and I would like to keep my submission modest, between 3-6 photos. Last year, the competition received 860 entries from all over the world, so I certainly don’t have expectations of getting my photos in the exhibition, much less winning a category. But the money is going to a good cause and I really want to join in and promote the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Plus there is a little selfishness involved as well. I believe this exercise will also help me improve! I’ll learn more about what’s effective and not effective with my photos. So teach me, wise ones!
There are multiple categories available. I’ll go ahead and list each one, links to the previous years’ finalists (if available) and the description. Then I’ll post the contenders I’m considering. If there is one that catches your eye, let me know. If you think I’m completely off track, you can let me know that as well. And if you recall a picture of mine you saw on this blog or Flickr that you think might work– speak up.
If you are shy about commenting here, feel free to email me at vicky[at]tgaw.com.
“Imagery depicting mountain sports such as climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, etc.”
This one I am leaning towards skipping, but I do thoughts for three different directions. First, I do have some rappelling pictures from Barney’s Wall. Next I noticed a lot of past years did include hiking and backpacking (one year even had someone taking a nap), so maybe a picture from Mount Rogers. Finally, I could take a different direction entirely and share a picture that shows the adventure in small things.
Dogs on the Parkway
“Entries will be judged on impact, lighting, composition, and effectively conveying the idea of traveling, hiking, motorcycling or any Parkway activity with your dog. Make sure that your favorite photo shows your dog on a leash if out of the vehicle . . . ahem, newly enforced regulations! Ouch, the fines hurt!”
Brace yourself. I actually don’t have much to offer on this one! My Blue Ridge Parkway hikes are limited to Sharp Top, Devil’s Marbleyard and Apple Orchard Falls. And….. it turns out I have a shortage of leashed photographs. I have a total of four leashed dog photos on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas
“Scenic imagery capturing the natural and/or cultural beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway that may include landmarks as well as geological highlights.”
“Imagery depicting the people, their customs, traditions, architecture and ways of life unique to the Southern Appalachian region.”
With this category, I have two directions in mind. If they are looking for traditions, then perhaps a Pig Pickin’ in Craig County is what they covet. On the other hand, I did think it would be a good opportunity to share photos of the Thru Hiker culture– and I think Trail Days puts on quite a display.
“Imagery depicting threats to and/ or defenses against the natural and/or cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachians.”
My dream entry would be to feature the American Chestnut‘s ongoing fight against the blight. But maybe dried out Mountain Lake offers another possibility?
Other Mountain Lake Possibilities
Flora and Fauna
“Imagery of plants and animals common to the Southern Appalachians.”
This one is very difficult for me. There are so many options- lichen, mushrooms, moss, deformed trees….but I did also notice that rhododendrons and mountain laurel have never made it into the finalist list and that’s quite a shame. So here’s a number of options to toy with:
“Scenic imagery capturing the rich diversity and natural beauty of the Southern Appalachian region.”
P.S. I know a few of you who should do your OWN submissions to this contest!