Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association

Left to right: CNPA member Bob Pazden joins Asheville coordinators Linda Deaton and Everette Robinson on Hawksbill Mountain. Photo by Bob Pazden

Western North Carolina contains some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States. With such a backdrop, the area is a magnet for nature photographers. These photographers have an outlet with the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association.

The Asheville division of CNPA is part of the larger organization of photographers from North and South Carolina, but its 175 members constitute the second largest division of the group, second only to Charlotte. 

Every month, CNPA Asheville offers at least one outing and a meeting. Member Art Grand says, “Our members, individually and in organized field trips, take pleasure in capturing the beauty of our exquisite region through photography, while seeking ways to preserve our environment as well.” The meetings feature professional speakers and talks by fellow members on their own areas of expertise, as well as photo critique sessions.

CNPA Asheville also gives members a chance to have their photographs publicly displayed in area venues. This year there will be three shows, beginning with a July show at the Cradle of Forestry Visitors Center.

CNPA has a varied membership, from amateurs just getting into photography to seasoned professionals. Membership is $35 a year, with family, senior and student rates available. CNPA Asheville has its monthly meeting every second Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Girl Scout facility on W.T. Weaver Boulevard near UNC-Asheville. Visitors are welcome. Info: or

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