I’m eager to see people and walk, of course, but I also want to photograph the MST and its people, so I can enter, not one, but two photo contests. Neither have an entrance fee and both have great prizes.
Carolina Mountain Club photo contest. This is the first (hopefully) annual CMC contest. It has three categories: landscape, people on the trail, and plants and animals. You can only enter one picture per category, so choose carefully.
The picture must have been taken on a hike that CMC has in its hike data base. So no pictures of your vacation in Maine. But the photo doesn’t have to have been taken on a CMC hike. That’s a good thing, since serious nature photographers don’t want a bunch of eager hikers around them.
See the Carolina Mountain Club website for details. Deadline: September 30, 2015
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Photography Contest
A second but connected photo contest is sponsored by Friends of the MST.
Here you can submit your photos of North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail — from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Outer Banks.
Photos will be judged by a panel of prominent judges in three categories:
– The View from the Trail
– People on the Trail
– Youth Photographer (17 and under)
The deadline for submitting photos: Saturday, October 31, 2015.
See their website for all details.
So, as you guessed, by taking pictures on the MST in the mountains, you could enter both contests. Good Luck!