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2024 Images of Western North Carolina Photo Contest

2024 Contest Finalists

A Walk Through the Misty Mountains
Eifel Kreutz
Amateur Photographer

Appalachian Awakening
Ryan Karcher
Professional Photographer

Big Creek Cathedral
Shari Jardina
Amateur Photographer

Brothers' Farewell
Andrea Reid
Amateur Photographer

Cows along the Milky Way
Justin Potter
Professional Photographer

Duel of Oconaluftee
Michael Drake
Amateur Photographer

Forest Road in the Fall
Tanya Triber
Amateur Photographer

Golden Hour and Sunflowers
Charles Wilkins
Amateur Photographer

Highland Cow
Paul Albert
Amateur Photographer

Into the Clouds
Nadine Freeman
Amateur Photographer

Looking Glass H2Flow
David McKenzie
Amateur Photographer

Low Hanging Fruit
Dan Riley V
Amateur Photographer

Mark Hendry with tabled broomcorn, Brasstown, NC
Robert Grand
Professional Photographer

Mountain Ash Dreams
Leslie Restivo
Professional Photographer

Mt Mitchell State Park
Clay Townsend
Professional Photographer

Rhonda Kingen
Professional Photographer

Seasons Collide at Sunburst
Mitchell Bearden
Amateur Photographer

Subzero Surprise
Thomas Mabry
Professional Photographer

Sunflowers under the stars
Mallory Fountain
Amateur Photographer

Table Rock Wildfire
Cathy Anderson
Professional Photographer

The Biltmore Estate from a drone
Authentic Asheville
Professional Photographer

The Colorful Carpet of Autumn Serenaded by A Babbling Stream
Anthony Crowley
Amateur Photographer

The old barn
David Huff
Professional Photographer

Tiger Swallowtail on Turks Cap
Susan Stamey
Amateur Photographer

Walking Between Seasons at Dupont State Park
Trevor Bamford
Amateur Photographer

Walking In An Autumn/Winter Wonderland
Lee Vandyke
Amateur Photographer

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 2024 issue of WNC magazine. Entries are accepted from December 4, 2023 - January 15, 2024. Winners will be notified in February.

Cash Prizes Awarded

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

Photo Contest Rules & Guidelines

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 2024 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 7 to determine the winner. The Readers’ Choice winning photo will appear in the Spring 2024 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 2024 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 2024 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.