Waynesville photographer Kevin Adams to co-host Foto Fest

Sep 11, 2013
Photo by: Submitted photo Kevin Adams on left and Bill Lea on right Co-host WNC Foto Fest.

Photographer Kevin Adams of Waynesville will co-host the Western North Carolina Foto Fest, along with photographer Bill Lea.

They invite all enthusiastic nature and outdoor photographers to the fourth annual event Sept. 12 to 15 in Montreat. This year’s theme “From the Mountains to the Sea” offers a range of presentations by nationally known photographers, a photo contest, vendors showcasing the latest gear and time to meet and learn from other photographers.


Scott Hotaling is an adventure photographer who specializes in shooting hard-to-reach locations. As a featured speaker, Hotaling will provide insight into a range of topics related to taking an adventure mindset to nature photography. He’ll provide tips on photographing more remote locations and guidance on shooting landscapes in the Appalachians.

Each year WNC Foto Fest showcases a photographer who is making a difference with photography. Claire Waller is presenting this year’s program. Her topic “Rescue Me” chronicles her photographic work with the rescue and adoption of stray, abandoned, orphaned, mistreated, or simply unwanted dogs. Waller says it’s more like “who rescues who.”

There will be several other speakers throughout the weekend. Adams and Lee will also present and each will host Thursday evening photography shoots. Adams will demonstrate light painting – a night photography program, at Lake Susan on the Montreat campus. Lea will lead a group to Cataloochee where there’s an opportunity to photograph elk, whitetail deer, turkey, and the valley’s historical structures.

WNC Foto Fest is a classroom style event. Many of the attendees are from the Carolinas and photographers come from around the country. Visitors are encouraged to spend time visiting and photographing Western North Carolina venues.  A list of nature and outdoor photography locations is provided on the event website.  WNC Foto Fest is pleased to announce Chimney Rock State Park as one of the new vendors for this year’s event.

Adams and Lea have each authored several books on photography and nature. In 2010 they founded WNC Foto Fest as an opportunity to work together to share their collective experience and to build a photographic community of those wanting to learn in a fun, festival environment. The registration fee is $165. ($95 for students). To learn more or to register visit www.wncfotofest.com.

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