How, you ask? Because we just found out that Tony Sweet IS going to be able to join us as an instructor at the Summit this year after all! We were hoping that his schedule was going to work out so he could join us and it did! So, now we have 12 AMAZING instructors lined up for you in November. If you haven’t registered yet, you can still do that by visiting the registration tab on this site, or you can click this link to take you straight to registration.
If you have never met, worked with, or been taught by Len Rue, Jr., now is the perfect opportunity! He is one of my favorite people (and by far the most cheerful person at 5am that I have ever met…and I know this because he is always the first one present to help me with breakfast before everyone goes out for field sessions!) . He literally grew up in this industry and is an amazing teacher. There is still time to sign up for the Summit this November. Just click here to take you to registration. We look forward to seeing you in November!
Yes, originally, the cut off date for ordering box lunches and the fajita bar buffet dinner on Wednesday night was last Friday, October 20th. However, we have opened that back up until Saturday, October 28th for any of you that might have forgotten! Our catering vendors are much more lenient this year, so that is a plus! Here is the link for ordering food if you still want to get in on that! Click HERE to order food!
It’s almost time for the 3rd Annual Great Smoky Mountains Photography Summit to begin! We are taking care of last minute details in preparation for everyone’s arrival next week, but we wanted to tease you with a few tidbits now…
As you all may know, our opening keynote presentation will be given by Charles Glatzer. We are so fortunate that he could be with us for the first few days of the Summit! Charles is a Canon Explorer of Light and we are very thankful to Canon for sponsoring his keynote presentation and helping bring him to East Tennessee.
Charles is also holding a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, October 31st from 9am-5pm at Tremont Lodge (and in the field). The program is “Metering Demystified” and there are still a few spots remaining if you have been thinking about it but had not committed as of yet. You don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity! You can still find the link for this class on the registration page of this website.
See you all soon!
Just wanted to remind everyone that the deadline to enter the 2017 Summit Print Competition is Friday, October 20th at midnight (EST)! After this next bit of news, you will definitely not want to miss that deadline….
I just got the official word from Fuji that they will again be sponsoring the prize for the Best of Show winner and it will be….
THE BRAND NEW X-E3 KIT!!!
Fuji just released this camera, so we are so excited that they are providing one of these to our Best of Show winner this year! Fuji will be on hand all week, so be sure to stop by their booth in the trade show, borrow some gear to try out, and ask them all kinds of questions. They love to get their products in your hands so you can see what all the fuss is about!
We are loving seeing your amazing images come in for the print competition. These will be on display at the Lodge throughout the Summit and the winners will be decided after votes are tallied from all of our judges (our entire panel of instructors). I never envy them that job because it is always a difficult one! Check out the Summit Print Competition page on this website for all of the information on how to enter. These do not have to be images taken at a previous Summit. They can be taken from any time, and anywhere (unless it is for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park category…that one is rather specific). We just ask that you only enter images that you have taken and that you do not enter an image that has previously won in one of the two previous Summit competitions. If you have any questions about how to enter, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 865-934-0909. Can’t wait to see all of these amazing prints displayed!
For those of you who have been curious, the break out sessions schedule is now posted! You can find a link to the pdf on the “Summit Schedule” page of this website. Full descriptions of each break out session as well as all the other info that you will need will be available in the program guide that you will receive at registration. We will also post a digital version of this program guide to the website on the Summit Schedule page as soon as all of the finishing touches are completed!
Not too long ago, I received a phone call from Bill Lea with some exciting information. He had just had the opportunity to work with the folks from Upstate Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center, which is a non-profit, volunteer run bird sanctuary just off the Foothills Parkway. Here is the exciting part that he wanted to share with everyone…
For those of you that may not know, Bill Lea actually lives in the Townsend area and so he is very familiar with the Smokies in all seasons. We have had a couple of conversations about why we are excited to be having the Summit in the first part of November this year instead of the end of October and I just wanted to share with you here a written and visual interpretation of Bill’s experience of the Smokies in November…
“For those of you who have not been to Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the first week of November to photograph fall, you are in for a surprise. It is one of my favorite times to photograph scenery in the Smokies. Some years, the colors can be simply amazing in early November at the lower elevations. Combine that with the fact that we always seem to have a better than average chance for fog and maybe even some hoar frost – it can be fabulous. Of course, the best part of all is that the Park is nearly void of people. It is like everybody leaves the Smokies on the last day of October, which is fine with me. I can get around the Park easily in my efforts to chase the fog, light, and colors I so dearly love! Please come join us at Great Smoky Mountains Summit this November 1st- 5th and see for yourselves how wonderful it is in the Smokies at this time of year (but please don’t tell everyone you know – I love having the park kind of to myself in early November.) All of the images shown here were taken during the first half of November over the past seven years or so.”
We are so excited that we get to open registration for the 3rd Annual Great Smoky Mountains Photography Summit this week! Wednesday, March 1st starting at 9am Eastern Standard Time, you will be able to register for the 2017 Summit which will take place November 1st-5th in Townsend, Tennessee. We will also open registration for our three Pre-Conference classes on March 1st as well! So much talent lined up for this year, I can hardly believe how fortunate we are to have all of these folks together in one place at the same time! Here is the line-up of instructors for the 2017 Summit…
For more info on each of the instructors, please check out our Summit Leaders page here on the site. If you are on our mailing list, look for a registration email coming to your inbox soon!