Date: Saturday August 13 - August 14, 2016
Time: 02:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Category: Featured Events
Cost: $50

The Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic is a two-day seminar that covers a variety of aspects that make up photojournalism. Amateur and professional photographers enjoy presentations from top speakers throughout the weekend and the opportunity to photograph Grandfather Mountain. Online registration begins July 13.


Plan to join us Aug. 13-14, 2016!

Registration opens 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at

Registration problems? Contact the Director of Marketing & Communications at (828) 733-2013!

2016 Speakers

Nick Oza – Staff photojournalist for the Arizona Republic
Mark Dolejs – Staff photojournalist with The Daily Dispatch in Henderson, N.C., and winner of the NCPA Hugh Morton Award
Marie Freeman – Chief photographer at Appalachian State University, freelance photographer and winner of 14 NCPA photography awards
Grant Halverson – Celebrated sports photographer, graphic designer and multimedia producer


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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 13.  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.

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 $10


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

Avery County Chamber of Commerce

Location: Grandfather Mountain
Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646