Chimney Rock photo contest now open

“Many Faces of Chimney Rock” Photo Contest Launches September 13

The grinning faces of your children, family pet or Grady the Groundhog could win you a two-day getaway with outdoor adventures in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Hosted by Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, the “Many Faces of Chimney Rock” photo contest launches today with alluring prizes to capture the imagination of Park visitors and area photographers.

There’s no fee to submit your photo in the contest for a chance to win, but all photographs must be taken inside the Park between September 13 and November 30, 2013. The contest welcomes Park visitors, amateur and professional photographers to submit up to three photos per person via social media, email or postal mail. The deadline to submit online or postmark date your mailed entry is November 30, 2013.

The winning photos will be selected by a local jury of photojournalists and photographers. Winners will be announced in December, and winning photos will be featured on the Park’s website and social media. For the complete contest rules and submission guidelines, go to

Exploring the Faces of Chimney Rock
To capture a winning photo that fits the theme, you’ll probably want to get out and explore the Park. Different interpretations of the theme could include the smiling faces of your kids as they summit the Chimney for the first time, the furry face of your dog, one of the Park’s many critters or even a gnarled tree that resembles a haunting face.

All winning and finalist photos will be featured with photo credits on the Chimney Rock website, Facebook album and winners’ Pinterest board. Winners will receive one of the following:

Grand Prize – A two-day getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two Annual Passes to Chimney Rock, lunch for two at the Veranda Restaurant and winner’s choice of ziplining for two at Canopy Ridge Farm in Lake Lure or two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

Second Place – The prize package includes two Park admission tickets, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

People’s Choice – Selected by the Park’s Facebook fans, the winning photo will be featured as the cover photo of Chimney Rock’s Facebook page for two weeks and the cover of their Pinterest board of winning photos. Prize includes two Park admission tickets, two complimentary registrations to a 2014 Park event of the winner’s choice, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and a $20 gift certificate for Old Time Photo in Chimney Rock Village.

For ideas on what could make a winning photo, jump online to take a look at a selection of the Park’s favorites on their website, Facebook page or Pinterest board, collected from the Park staff’s recent adventures in Chimney Rock State Park. The contest guidelines point out a handful of upcoming events on the Park’s online calendar that could offer unique photography opportunities for winning photos. Some events may require advance registration and fees.

Share with Family
Also, the Park is offering a convenient way to share your photos with family or friends in a photo book they can cherish for years. Upload your photos into an online book template featuring stories, history and stunning professional photos of Chimney Rock on, then order copies for delivery. Visit for information and pricing on the photo book, or inquire at the Park’s gift shop.

For more information on the contest or how to submit your photo(s), call (828) 625-9611 or toll-free (800) 277-9611, or email us at

Best known for its stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers unique hiking trails, guided rock climbing, live animal education programs and ancient geological features that attract visitors from around the world. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or go to to plan your visit.


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