Tell me you didn’t miss our 2019 Smokies Weekend!


Image Credit: Trip Leader Jenny Burdette

2 Organizers
+ 7 Field Trip Leaders
+ 57 Registered Attendees =
a “Great Job” (Skip Kazamarek,

and a “Wonderful Time” (Jenny Burdette),

and a “Fabulous time once again” (Steve Laymen).


We SO appreciate everyone who joined us in Townsend for our four-day-weekend, November photography trip!

There was so much to see and experience and capture as we explored the Great Smoky Mountains, including favorite locals such as Cades Cove and Elkmont and Tremont and beyond.

Image Credit: Trip Leader Horace Hamilton

So many fabulous images were captured. Many were shared through our Smokies Weekend Competition–winners in each category and our Grand Prize Winner all received fantastic gift cards as their prizes. Look for future blog posts spotlighting each category!

We’ve also collected images for our GNPA Facbook Page Album–be sure to check them out on our GNPA Facebook Page.

Image Credit: Trip Leader Anna DeStefano

A special shout out goes to Art Stiles, our Griffin Chapter coordinator, who says he is, “…so looking forward to next year. I managed to get eight of the Griffin chapter members to attend this year, and I expect to increase that next year, after everyone hears what a great time we all had.”

Image Credit: Mary Stiles

An exciting trend: we had TONS of first-time attendees this year! We were honored to share with these “newbies” all the things we love best about the Great Smoky Mountains in November. We can’t wait to see everyone again next year, when we hope to welcome even more first-timers to one of our premiere annual membership events.

Image Credit: Trip Leader Horace Hamilton

Speaking of which… Drum roll please…

Our 2020 Dates are already confirmed!

Join us next year, so you don’t miss out on the fun!


GNPA’s 2020 Smokies Photography Weekend

November 5-8, 2020
Townsend, Tennessee
Lodging: the Highland Manor Inn


Image Credit: Mary Stiles