Nature Photography Celebration

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Save the dates April 19-21, 2020, and plan to experience springtime in the Carolinas!

Nestled in the southern Appalachians—the oldest mountains in the world—the Asheville, NC, area is ripe with opportunities for every nature photographer. Over one million acres of protected forest and park lands await you in the most biodiverse area of the country. What better time to visit than spring?


Photographer asks for more photo opps, and NANPA answers with Celebration

Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, the tallest waterfall east of the Rockies, black bears, elk, endangered flying squirrels, more than 200 bird species, 67 native fish species, 39 reptile species, 43 amphibian species, hot mineral springs, blooming dogwoods, rhododendrons, 1,500+ flowering plants, 100 species of trees, whitewater rivers, mollusks, millipedes, and mushrooms—just to name a few.

Spend time at demonstrations and other hands-on opportunities to try the latest technology; then get out in the field and apply what you’ve learned. We will also gather together for gallery walks, pub crawls, historical perspectives, impromptu photo shoots, and other entertainment opportunities around Asheville.

And if that’s not enough, you’ll find the Outer Banks and Atlantic coastline just 4-5 hours from Asheville, so stay a few days longer to explore independently and have it all!

Program and registration information coming soon. If you’re not already on the NANPA mail list, join now to hear news and announcements about Celebration.

Columbine photo in the Celebration logo © Donna Eaton


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville–Biltmore
115 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, North Carolina, 28803; (828) 274-1800

Conveniently located just one block from the entrance to the renowned Biltmore Estate, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville–Biltmore offers easy access to Asheville Regional Airport. Our home base for Celebration 2020 was once an integral part of the Biltmore Estate and features stunning Vanderbilt-inspired gardens. Enjoy a variety of outdoor adventures including hiking trails, zip lines, water rafting and cycling, not to mention spectacular views on the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s beautiful drives.

Other hotel amenities:

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Shuttle service to downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village
  • Complimentary self-parking

Our conference rate is $119 per night plus applicable tax. See maps & directions.


Nearby Photo Opportunities

Opportunities for nature enthusiasts abound. Here’s a sampling of outdoor adventures that are within a 30-minute drive of Asheville:

  1. The Blue Ridge Parkway features numerous overlooks including Craggy Gardens and Mt. Pisgah
  2. Catawba Falls
  3. Looking Glass Falls
  4. North Carolina Arboretum
  5. Biltmore Estate
  6. Montreat has a great trail system
  7. Max Patch
  8. Chimney Rock Park/Lake Lure, NC
  9. Asheville Botanical Gardens
  10. Bear Wallow/Fairview, NC