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Visitors are invited to take their photography skills to the next level — 5,280 feet above sea level, to be exact — at the Grandfather Mountain Photography Weekend.

Due to COVID-19 and ongoing renovation to the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum, the nonprofit nature park’s annual Nature Photography Weekend and Camera Clinic have been combined into one event for 2021, taking place the weekend of August 14-15.

Participants will be able to participate in a series of interactive field courses presented by professional photographers, while photographing spectacular scenery and native animals before and after regular business hours, meaning opportunities for sunrise and sunset photography will also be offered. The annual Nature Photography Weekend photo contest will also return.

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.

Online registration for the Grandfather Mountain Photography Weekend begins at 9 a.m. Monday, July 5. Admission costs $100 and covers three-day admission to the park, entry to all field courses, camping and optional participation in the photo contest.

To register, visit