From Staff Reports
Amateur and professional photographers can now register for the Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic, a two-day seminar that offers presentations from outstanding photojournalists and opportunities for participants to improve their skills.
The clinic, set for Aug. 13 and 14, also allows participants the rare prospect of photographing scenic Grandfather Mountain at dawn and dusk and chances to network with others interested in the craft.
The 2016 speakers include:
Nick Oza, staff photojournalist at the Arizona Republic and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the Biloxi Sun Herald’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina;
Marie Freeman, chief photographer at Appalachian State University, freelance photographer and winner of 14 NCPA photography awards;
Mark Dolejs, Durham, N.C.-based freelance photographer and winner of the NCPA Hugh Morton Award;
Grant Halverson, celebrated sports photographer, graphic designer and multimedia producer, based in Durham, N.C.
The Camera Clinic was originally organized in 1952 by the late Hugh Morton, developer of Grandfather Mountain and a distinguished photographer.
“The Camera Clinic is definitely one of the highlights of the year for those who love not only photography, but shooting at Grandfather Mountain,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit that oversees the Linville travel attraction. “Even those outside the photojournalism field will find these presentations enlightening and educational.”
Admission to the event is free for working photojournalists and active members of the N.C. Press Photographers Association. Admission for all others is $50 and includes a buffet dinner on Saturday.
Online registration opened July 13 at grandfather.com. Anyone wishing to secure a spot must purchase a $50 pass online; the charge will be refunded to those who show valid press credentials or an NCPPA membership card at check-in.
A discounted two-day admission ticket is available for $30 for guests of Clinic participants who wish to enjoy the park but do not plan to attend the seminars. This ticket allows guests to come and go as they please Aug. 13 and 14. Guests may also purchase tickets for the Saturday buffet dinner for $10.
Basic campsites are available in the Grandfather Mountain Woods Walk Picnic Area for those participating in the clinic.
For more information, visit http://www.grandfather.com/events/grandfather-mountain-amateur-and-professional-camera-clinic/.
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 plan a trip at www.grandfather.com.