Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

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.

Camera Clinic

Plan to join us Aug. 15-16, 2015!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! Registration opens at 8 a.m. July 15.

2014 Confirmed Speakers — 2015 Speakers TBA

Rainier Ehrhardt

Kevin Liles

Scott Muthersbaugh

Billy Weeks

Click here to learn more about the featured speakers for 2014!


Click here to view the 2014 Schedule of Events.

Click here to view this year’s presentation topics.

Registration Information

Admission to the Camera Clinic is free for working photojournalists and members of the NC 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 15.  The $50 will be refunded to those who show press credentials or a 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 tickets for the Saturday night buffet dinner.

On the day of the event, we ask pre-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/PPA Member Participant (includes admission to the park, admission to all programs, plus Saturday evening meal) NC
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 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

NC High Country Host

Avery County Chamber of Commerce

Location : Grandfather Mountain | Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646 |
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  • I picked up my 6 year old son from school  and asked him if he could guess where I was gonna take him to spend the weekend. With eyes big and wide he asked, Grandfather Mt? I have never seen him get so happy. Or should I say, pumped up to the max. He thanked me over and over again, while packing for the night in the wild. As with most things in life can be, this was a gift that did not fade away or break like most  presents after minutes of play.  As we got closer  to the top he expressed his deepest thanks, I saw my boy grow up this weekend. I pushed him and he pushed me and together we made it all the way from 105 to the Swinging Bridge.  "Get Out More.  Make memories, not regrets."
    Sugar Mtn, NC
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