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North Carolina Nature Photography Contests Winners By Meta Gatschenberger

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Meta’s North Carolina Nature Photography Contest Winners

Meta Gatschenberger, RN, is an Award Winning Western North Carolina Nature Photographer based in Blowing Rock and Boone, NC.

Meta began shooting Nature Photography in 2000 with her Minolta Maxxum 35mm QTsi Film Camera with 35–80mm AF Zoom Lens. She later went Digital with a 24 Megapixel Sony a77 II Digital Camera and Minolta AF Lenses, when she moved up to the Western North Carolina High Country in 2010.

Meta is very active in North Carolina Nature Photography, winning many North Carolina Nature Photography Contests and Awards.

Meta’s Red Tailed Hawk (Photo: Above) was shot with her Minolta AF 70–210mm f/4 Zoom Lens mounted on her Sony a77 II Digital Camera.

“I’ll shoot Cougars and Bears, but I don’t shoot Weddings or Portraits!”

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Meta’s North Carolina Nature Photography Contest Winners For 2021

Four of Meta’s Award Winning North Carolina Nature Photographs appear on Ray’s Weather Calendar.

Three of Meta’s Award Winning North Carolina Nature Photographs appear on the Blowing Rock Visitors Guide and Members Directory.

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Photos By Meta – Red Tailed Hawk

Featured – Blowing Rock Visitor’s Guide and Members Directory 2021–2022
Meta’s “Red Tailed Hawk” was selected for the Blowing Rock Visitors Guide and Members Directory!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 70–210mm f/4 Zoom Lens at Grandfather Mountain, near Linville, NC.

Two more of Meta’s Award Winning North Carolina Nature Photographs also appear the Blowing Rock Visitors Guide and Members Directory. These include Meta’s “Barred Owl” and Meta’s “Bee On Purple Aster”.

Meta’s North Carolina Photography Photos are available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock, NC at Rustic.

Photos By Meta – Camping Under The Stars

Winner – Ray’s Weather 2021 Calendar (August 2021)
Meta’s “Camping Under The Stars appears on the Ray’s Weather Calendar Photography Contest Winner for August 2021!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 20mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Prime Lens on Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Blowing Rock, NC. Features the Milky Way on the top left.

Three more of Meta’s Award Winning North Carolina Nature Photographs also appear on Ray’s Weather Calendar as Cameos. These include Meta’s “Barred Owl”, Meta’s “Mabry Mill” and Meta’s “Horses Fall”.

Meta’s North Carolina Photography Photos are available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock, NC at Rustic.

Photos By Meta – Deer Valley Winter View

Winner – Ray’s Weather 2020 Calendar (February 2020)
Meta’s “Deer Valley Winter View appears on the Ray’s Weather Calendar Photography Contest Winner for February 2020!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens from Meta’s Front Porch, overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Boone, NC.

Meta’s North Carolina Photography Photos are available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock, NC at Rustic.

Photos By Meta – Grays Lily Close-Up

Winner – Ray’s Weather 2020 Calendar (June 2020)
Meta’s “Grays Lily Close-Up appears on the Ray’s Weather Calendar Photography Contest Winner for June 2020!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Blowing Rock, NC. This is a rare and endangered flower.

Meta’s North Carolina Photography Photos are available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock, NC at Rustic.

Photos By Meta – Boone Fork Stream

Winner – Ray’s Weather 2019 Calendar (November 2019)
Meta’s “Boone Fork Stream” appears on the Ray’s Weather Calendar Photography Contest Winner for November 2019!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Sony 16–50mm f/2.8 Telephoto Lens at The Julian Price Park, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Blowing Rock, NC.

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Photos By Meta – Meta’s “Boone Fork Stream” was also the 1st Place Winner in the 2018 ARHS Benefits Book Cover Contest.

Meta’s North Carolina Photography Photos are available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock, NC at Rustic.

Photos By Meta – Blowing Rock Sunset

Featured – Blowing Rock Visitor’s Guide and Members Directory 2019–2020
Meta’s “Blowing Rock HDR Sunset” was selected for the Blowing Rock Visitors Guide and Members Directory!

This amazing HDR Sunset over Grandfather Mountain, was shot from The Blowing Rock, in Blowing Rock, NC, using 5 Bracketed Shots in HDR, with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens.

Meta’s North Carolina Photography Photos are available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock, NC at Rustic.

Photos By Meta – Painted Trillium

1st Place Winner – Grandfather Mountain 2017 Photography Contest
Meta’s “Painted Trillium” was the 1st Place Winner at the 2017 Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens on Grandfather Mountain, near Linville, NC.

Meta’s North Carolina Photography Photos are available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock, NC at Rustic.

Photos By Meta – Orange Fireworks

Featured – Town of Blowing Rock Visitors Calendar 2017
Meta’s “Orange Fireworks” was the Winner of the 2017 Town of Blowing Rock Visitors Calendar Photography Contest – Inside Cover!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens at Chetola Resort, in Blowing Rock, NC.

Meta’s North Carolina Photography Photos are available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock, NC at Rustic.

Meta’s Professional Photography Memberships and Links

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Meta's Nature Photography Memberships and Links

Member: Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Member: Blue Ridge Media Web Design and Photography
Member: Blue Ridge Vacations Visitors Guide
Member: National Geographic Society
Member: North Carolina Native Plant Society
Member: Grandfather Mountain Bridge Club
Member: Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
Member: DP Review
Member: RAV4 World
Member: Telehealth Medical Resources

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Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Member

Member: Blowing Rock NC Chamber of Commerce.

Framed Prints Available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock, NC at Rustic.

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