Top photographers gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs. This event is free to working members of the press, with an additional cost for non-press professionals and amateurs. Online registration begins July 18 at grandfathermtn-staging.v38mw8dg-liquidwebsites.com.


Plan to join us Aug. 18-19, 2018!

Registration opens 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at https://grandfather.com/register-for-the-2018-camera-clinic-2/.

Registration problems? Contact Frank Ruggiero, Director of Marketing & Communications, at frank@grandfathermtn-staging.v38mw8dg-liquidwebsites.com or (828) 733-2013.

 

2018 Speakers

Allison Isley
Akili-Casundria Ramsess
Eric Seals
Billy Weeks

 

Schedule

(Subject to change)

Friday, Aug. 17
3-6 p.m. – Check-in at MacRae Meadows
6 p.m. – Mildred’s Grill closes
7 p.m. – Grandfather Entrance Gate closes for the night; anyone not camping must depart.

Saturday, Aug. 18
5:45 a.m. – Gate opens for sunrise. Gate attendant will have a list of participant names.
6:49 a.m. – Official Linville sunrise time
8:30 a.m. – Mildred’s Grill opens
9 a.m.-12 p.m. – Check-in at MacRae Meadows
1:30 p.m. – Welcome (Auditorium)
1:45-3 p.m. – Photographer Presentation
3 p.m. – Break
3:15-4:30 p.m. – Photographer Presentation
3:30 p.m. – Mildred’s Grill closes for dinner preparation
6 p.m. – Dinner buffet at Mildred’s Grill
7 p.m. – Grandfather closes to the public.
7:30 p.m. – Nature Museum closes to Camera Clinic participants; sunset photo opportunity follows.
8:14 p.m. – Official Linville sunset time
11 p.m. – Entrance Gate closes to Camera Clinic participants, except those camping.

Sunday, Aug. 19
5:45 a.m. – Gate opens for sunrise. Gate attendant will have a list of participant names.
6:50 a.m. – Official Linville sunrise time
8 a.m. – Optional breakfast buffet at Mildred’s Grill ($9)
9:30-10:45 a.m. – Photographer Presentation
10:45 a.m. – Break
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Photographer Presentation
12:15 p.m. – Closing remarks
7 p.m. – Grandfather Mountain Entrance Gate closes to all park guests.

 

Registration Information

Admission to the Camera Clinic is free for working photojournalists and active members of the N.C. Press Photographers Association. Admission to the Camera Clinic for photography enthusiasts who are not currently working photojournalists is $50 per person. Anyone wanting to secure a spot for the Camera Clinic (non-media or media) must purchase a $50 pass online beginning July 18. The $50 will be refunded to those who show active press credentials or a current NCPPA membership card on Saturday morning at check-in.

A special two-day admission ticket is available for guests who do not plan to attend the clinic. Guests may also purchase extra tickets for the Saturday night buffet dinner. If you have a meal preference, e.g. vegetarian or vegan, or suffer from particular food allergies, please let us know when registering or by emailing frank@grandfathermtn-staging.v38mw8dg-liquidwebsites.com.

On the day of the event, we ask registered participants to check in at MacRae Meadows gate 3 (about 10 yards on the Linville side of the driveway to the Grandfather Mountain Office and 30 yards on the Linville side of the attraction Entrance Gate) to pick up a gate admission pass. This will allow you to identify yourself when coming and going from the attraction. Visitors who do not have a valid Camera Clinic admission ticket will be expected to pay regular park admission and will not be admitted to the auditorium.

 

Camera Clinic Ticket Prices

Working Press/NCPPA Member Participant (includes admission to the park, admission to all programs, plus Saturday evening meal) Free
Camera Clinic Participant (includes admission to the park, admission to all programs, plus Saturday evening meal) $50
2-day adult guest ticket (includes Sat.-Sun. admission to the park for ages 13+) $30
2-day child guest ticket (includes Sat.-Sun. admission to the park for ages 4 thru 12 – under 4 are free) $14
Guest Saturday night meal $15

Camping

Although Grandfather Mountain does not operate a commercial campground, campsites are available at no charge in the Grandfather Mountain Woods Walk & Picnic Area for people participating in this event. The picnic area has bathrooms and water fountains but no other amenities. No formal spots are reserved, but participants usually have no trouble locating a place to pitch their tents or park their vehicles (because it is a big mountain). It is necessary for you to mention camping when you register so that you can be given a windshield pass to identify you as staying in the picnic area.

 

Other Accommodations Information

N.C. High Country Host
www.highcountryhost.com
800-468-7500

Avery County Chamber of Commerce
www.averycounty.com
800-972-2183