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From scenic vistas to intriguing people to mountain sports, wildlife, and more, submit your best shots of Western North Carolina for the chance to win cash prizes and have your photos published in WNC magazine! The Images of WNC Photo Contest is open to professional and amateur photographers. One winner will be selected in each category and online voting will determine a Readers’ Choice winner. Finalists and the winners’ images will appear in the Spring 2023 issue of WNC magazine. Entries are accepted from December 4, 2022 - January 15, 2023. Winners will be notified in February.

Cash Prizes Awarded

  • Professional Category: $400
  • Amateur Category: $300
  • Readers’ Choice: $200

This contest is for amateur and professional photographers. You may submit up to five photographs in one category. You may not submit photos in both categories. Each category will be judged by a panel of judges from WNC magazine, and the finalists will be featured in the Spring 2023 issue of the magazine. The panel will select a winner in each category and cash prizes will be awarded—$400 for the professional category and $300 for amateur. Payment will be made 90 days after publication.

For the Readers’ Choice winner, WNC magazine judges will narrow the selections for the online voting. One round of online voting will take place between January 29-February 11 to determine the winner. The Readers’ Choice winning photo will appear in the Spring 2023 issue of the magazine. The Readers’ Choice winner receives $200. Payment will be made 90 days after publication.

All submitted photographs must be of the Western North Carolina region and its people. All submitted photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this contest. All digital submissions must be 6 megabytes or smaller, in JPEG or .jpg format. The photographers of the images selected as finalists will be asked to provide a high-resolution (300 dpi, minimum 3,000 pixels wide) image, suitable for print. Any images submitted for consideration must not have been published elsewhere prior to the publication of WNC’s Spring 2023 issue.

By submitting for the contest, entrants agree to abide by the terms of these official rules and by the decisions of the contest administrators. Entrants grant to WNC magazine the right to use and publish their name and photograph online, in print and in promotions that solely pertain to the Images of WNC Photo Contest. This includes the possibility of using any submitted image for a cover of the Spring 2023 issue, use on our social media platforms (@wncmagazine, @WNCmagazine, and @WNC Magazine), as well as possible inclusion in future photo contest promotions. With the exclusion of the photographers’ images, the contest and all of the related print and online branded content and code are copyright of WNC magazine. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.


For our 2018/2019 Images of WNC Photo Contest, presented by Asheville Regional Airport, we received 770 entries that capture the natural beauty of our mountains. Thanks to all who entered and to you who voted for the Readers’ Choice winner (a whopping 7,066 votes were cast). Here, check out our finalists, honorable mentions, and top winners...Taking top honors in the Professional category is Patrick Williams with Fishing Below the Falls; in 1st place in the Amateur category is Nathan Bowery with Flipping at the Patch; and the Readers' Choice winner is pro photographer Michele Schwartz's image Craggy Mist. Congratulations to our winners!

To see last years winners CLICK HERE!


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Call For Entries

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Submit up to 5 of your best shots of Western North Carolina for the chance to win. From outdoor splendor to quaint small towns and intriguing locals—entries can include any subject that captures the culture, beauty, or essence of the region. 

The deadline to enter is January 15, 2023.


Amateur Winner: Lost in Space by Benjamin Wu

Professional Winner: Wishing Flower by Valerie Eidson

Readers’ Choice Winner: Summer Sunrise by Bonita Loggins


Antique Dealer, River Arts District
Jon Shaner
Professional Photographer

Biltmore Sunset
Chesley Lanford
Amateur Photographer

Bird’s-eye View
James Mahan
Professional Photographer

bull elk at sunrise
Brad Lackey
Amateur Photographer

Double Rainbow
Kathy Kmonicek
Professional Photographer

Fall Meets Winter
Kassidy Shelton
Professional Photographer

Fountain Reflection
Michael Boulos
Amateur Photographer

Grassy Ridge
Jeff Huntley
Amateur Photographer

Great Egret
Daniel Black
Amateur Photographer

Highway in the Sky
Sallie Woodring
Amateur Photographer

Benjamin Wu
Amateur Photographer

Lovely Pair
Justin Potter
Professional Photographer

Make a Wish
Ryan Karcher
Amateur Photographer

Rhododendron Tunnel
Nathan Farber
Amateur Photographer

Bonita Loggins
Amateur Photographer

Sunrise from the Chimney's
Tom Moors
Professional Photographer

The Potter’s Wheel
Chris Ellenbogen
Professional Photographer

Van Life
Logan Shropshier
Amateur Photographer

Valerie Eidson
Professional Photographer