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Nature Photography Weekend

August 19, 2022 - August 21, 2022

$100.00 – $125.00
A photographer taking a picture of Grandfather Mountain.

Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend returns, with presentations from top nature photographers, hands-on breakout sessions, a friendly contest and the rare opportunity to photograph the mountain’s spectacular scenery and native animals before and after regular business hours. Activities begin Friday evening and conclude Sunday midday.

UPDATE: Rescheduled from June 10-12, 2022. All June reservations will be moved to this new date. 

8/9/22 UPDATE: The event is SOLD OUT. Send an email to media@grandfather.com to be added to the waiting list.

Download 2022 Event Schedule

Field Sessions Info: Online sign-ups are over. Any remaining spots will be available at check-in August 19 (2-6 p.m.) first come, first serve.

2022’s featured presenters include MindShift Gear & Think Tank Photographer Vinny Colucci; award-winning nature photographer Jamie Konarski Davidson, Nikon Legend Behind the Lens Tony Sweet and full-time professional photographer and educator Donna Eaton.

Learn more about the 2022 NPW speakers HERE.

Learn more about the Speaker Presentations HERE.

Presentations take place in the afternoons and evenings, allowing participants to explore Grandfather Mountain and take their own shots during the day, while also participating in several outdoor field sessions (weather permitting) with professional photographers. Opportunities for sunrise and sunset photography will also be offered.

Participants are invited to camp Friday and Saturday nights at the Woods Walk Picnic Area during the weekend, taking advantage of one of the few opportunities to stay overnight inside the park. Read more below.

Event Tickets
There are two admission levels to Nature Photography Weekend:
– $125 level covers three-day park admission, a Saturday evening meal, entry to all presentations and field sessions and a flash drive for submitting contest entries.
– $100 level includes all of the above, but does not include participation in the photo contest.

Weekend Guest Passes + Guest Dinner Passes
Guest passes for family members and guests of registered NPW attendees are available. These passes offer discounted three-day admission for the weekend of the event ($60/adult, $28/child). The $20 dinner pass allows a guest to attend the Saturday buffet meal. Please put the registered event person’s name in the “Notes” section during check-out. Click here to purchase guest passes.

The Contest
The Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend includes a friendly but competitive contest. Speakers give presentations during the evening sessions, leaving the days free for participants to practice their skills at one of the most spectacular destinations for photographing nature in the Southeast. Participants will turn in their digital images at 5 p.m. Saturday on a flash drive supplied by Grandfather Mountain in the registration packet. Each person selects three images to enter in any combination of four categories (Animals in Habitats, Animals in the Wild, Wildflowers and Scenic) and two classes (beginner or advanced).

Images may be touched up using computer software. Be warned that the judges do not look kindly on contrived images (like placing a giant gorilla on Linville Peak) or photos that have been manipulated to the degree that they violate the spirit of the contest (like bringing the end of a rainbow down in the center of the Mile High Swinging Bridge). You will need to bring (or borrow) a computer to save your images to the flash drive. Grandfather Mountain cannot promise computer time to any participant. Additional details are included in participants’ registration packets.

Although Grandfather Mountain does not operate a commercial campground, campsites are available at no charge in the Grandfather Mountain Woods Walk Picnic Area for our NPW guests. The picnic area has bathrooms and water fountains, but no other amenities. No formal spots are reserved, but folks usually have no trouble finding a place to pitch their tents or park their vehicles. If you’re camping, be sure to display your camping pass (included in your packet) in a visible spot on your dashboard at all times when you’re in the park.

Purchase tickets below beginning May 4 at 9 a.m. Limited to 125 participants.


August 19, 2022
August 21, 2022
$100.00 – $125.00
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Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646

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