Back in March, we posted about the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center's "Re-Imaging Appalachia" photography contest. Intended to dispel stereotypes of Appalachia – outhouses, tarpaper shacks, hillibllies – the contest sought "exciting and interesting photographs that challenge the standard notions of what it means to be Appalachian."
Now you can see the beautiful photos that made the finals. From back roads and fishing trips to ballet dancers and technology centers, these pictures capture Appalachian life beyond the cliches. The winner – whoever it may be – will take home $500. I'm not a judge, but you can see some of my favorites below the cut.
Brother Aaron Whitwell feeds a two day old calf at the farm of The Hermitage of the Holy Cross a monastery under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church located in Wayne County.
Road in Breathitt County, KY.
"Hoboing to Harlan County Homeplace, from Berea." Hodari Love Turner, Jr., Photo by Bill Turner, Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies, Berea College. Hodari's Great-grandfather, William E. Turner, spent 40 years in US Steel mines, Lynch, Harlan County, KY.
Owsley Fork which is the watershed for Berea, KY,
The Huntington Dance Theatre's presentation of "The Nutcracker Ballet" at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center (WV).