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Young Wins Best in Show at AMPC

Work by Clayton Joe Young, director of Catawba Valley Community College’s Photographic Technology Program, was recently named Best in Show for the 8th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition in Boone, N.C.

Young’s work, Eustace Conway, as well as that of 45 other finalists, is exhibited at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone through June 4.

Judges for the 8th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition include: award winning photographer Eric Heistand; Matt Powell, photographer and videographer on staff with Samaritan’s Purse; and Jessica Maceda, author of the photoblog Wayfaring Wanderer.

Young joined the CVCC faculty in 2004 and works to improve the curriculum to graduate students who possess the skills and experience necessary to succeed in the job market.

Young has won numerous photography awards, including first place in the Catawba Valley Camera Club Professional Division, honorable mention in the Wildlife in North Carolina contest, Shelby Star Publisher’s Award and Numerous press awards. He was named CVCC’s Excellence in Teaching Award winner last year.

His gallery shows include 2010 N.C. Mountain Folk: Watauga and Surrounding Counties, Boone; 2010 Celebration of Heritage: The Face and Voice of Latinos in the Catawba Valley at the Hickory Museum of Art; 2009 Ebony: Faces of African Americans in Catawba County, Hickory Museum of Art; 2009 Inspirations, Lexington; and 2005-2009 North Carolina Community College Art Exhibit, Raleigh.

Young's Mountain Folk exhibit will be on exhibit at the Newton-Conover Civic and Performance Place May 16 through early July. Young’s work will also appear in several shows this summer, including Celebration of Heritage at the Burke Arts Council in Morganton May 27 through early July.

He has won numerous grants and fellowships including the 2010 Martin Luther King Spark Grant, 2009 Regional Artist Project Grant and 2009 Community Folklife Documentary Institute Grant.

He earned a master’s degree in digital photography at Savannah College of Art and Design and a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology/technical photography at Appalachian State University where he graduated with honors.

He also earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems/production operations management at Appalachian State University and an associate degree at Rowan Cabarrus Community College.

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; Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants; For more information about this photography competition, please visit, or call Outdoor Programs at 828.262.4954.

Pictured is Young’s Best in Show photo "Eustace Conway" shown during the opening while the New River Boys provided live entertainment.


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