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Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic 2020

August 15, 2020 - August 16, 2020

NOTE: Due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain has canceled the 2020 Camera Clinic Weekend, previously scheduled for August 15-16.


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 15 at www.grandfather.com.

Plan to join us Aug. 15-16, 2020! Registration opens 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 15.

2020 Speakers

  • TBA

Schedule (subject to change)

Friday, Aug. 14

  • 3-6 p.m. – Early check-in at MacRae Meadows
  • 5 p.m. – Mildred’s Grill closes
  • 7 p.m. – Grandfather Entrance Gate closes for the night; anyone not camping must depart.

Saturday, Aug. 15

  • 5:30 a.m. – Gate opens for sunrise. Gate attendant will have a list of participant names.
  • 6:47 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. – Presentation
  • 3 p.m. – Break
  • 3:15-4:30 p.m. – 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.
  • 8:15 p.m. – Official Linville sunset time
  • 11:59 p.m. – Entrance Gate closes to Camera Clinic participants, except those camping.

Sunday, Aug. 16

  • 5:30 a.m. – Gate opens for sunrise. Gate attendant will have a list of participant names.
  • 6:48 a.m. – Official Linville sunrise time
  • 8:30 a.m. – Optional breakfast buffet at Mildred’s Grill ($12)
  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Presentation
  • 10:45 a.m. – Break
  • 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – 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 $55 per person. Anyone wanting to secure a spot for the Camera Clinic (non-media or media) must purchase a $55 pass online beginning Wednesday, July 17. The $55 will be refunded to those who show active press credentials or a current NCPPA membership card 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 particular food allergies, please let us know when registering or by emailing frank@grandfather.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 park. Visitors who do not have valid Camera Clinic admission will be expected to pay regular park admission and will not be admitted to the auditorium.

Camera Clinic cancellations will be accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7.

Primitive camping is available in the Grandfather Mountain Woods Walk Picnic Area for those participating in the clinic on a first-come, first-served basis. No RVs or campers are allowed. Participants will be given a camping pass with their welcome packet upon check-in. The pass must be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle at all times during the event — even if you’re not camping. This will let security know that you’re authorized to be in the park before and after regular business hours.


This event has been canceled, due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). To receive updates on alternative programming, please email frank@grandfather.com or visit www.grandfather.com.


August 15, 2020
August 16, 2020
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