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Grandfather Mountain’s Nature Photography Weekend Registration Opens April 2

: Grandfather Mountain’s upcoming Nature Photography Weekend will offer participants the opportunity to learn from expert photographers and then apply their newfound techniques in the field. The weekend also allows guests to photograph the mountain’s flora and fauna in a friendly, but optional, photo competition. Photo by Judi Sawyer | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation


Online registration begins Monday, April 2, for Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend, a three-day workshop for photographers of all skill levels, taking place June 1 to 3 on the mountain.

Jennifer King

The event features presentations from renowned photographers, spectacular shooting opportunities on the mountain and a friendly, but competitive (and optional), photo contest.

The featured presenters for 2018, including David Akoubian, Mollie Isaacs, Jennifer King, Les Saucier and Kelly Walkotten, hail from throughout the country and will speak on a variety of photography topics encompassing both the technical and artistic elements of the craft.

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 for free at the Woods Walk Picnic Area during the weekend, taking advantage of one of the few opportunities to stay overnight inside the park.

Admission to Nature Photography Weekend is $115 and covers three-day park admission, a Saturday evening meal, entry to all presentations and field sessions and a flash drive for submitting contest entries. A $95 level includes all of the above, but does not include participation in the photo contest (or the flash drive).

Family members and guests of participants may visit the mountain at a discounted rate during the weekend if registered in advance.

Online registration begins at 9 a.m. Monday, April 2, at www.grandfather.com. Photographers should act fast, as the event fills quickly.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2pJZfhp, or email frank@grandfather.com.

The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call (800) 468-7325, or visit www.grandfather.com to plan a trip.

David_Akoubian: David Akoubian, a Tamron Image Master, will present at Grandfather Mountain’s 2018 Nature Photography Weekend. Photo courtesy of David Akoubian | www.bearwoodsphotography.com


Walkotten: Underwater photographer Kelly Walkotten heads from the sea to the mountains to present at 2018’s Nature Photography Weekend at Grandfather Mountain. Photo courtesy of Kelly Walkotten | www.kellywalkottenphotography.com


Nature Photography Weekend favorite Les Saucier will return to Grandfather Mountain to present at this year’s installment. Photo courtesy of Les Saucier | www.saucierphoto.com


Photographer Mollie Isaacs, whose work is featured in the International Photography Hall of Fame, will present at 2018’s Nature Photography Weekend at Grandfather Mountain. Photo courtesy of Mollie Isaacs | www.awakethelight.com


Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend returns June 1-3, with registration opening April 2 at grandfather.com. Photo by Hugh Morton | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation