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Meta’s North Carolina Nature Photography Contest Winners

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Meta Gatschenberger’s Nature Photography Contest Winners

Meta Gatschenberger is a Nature iPhone Photographer and iPhone Videographyer based between Blowing Rock and Boone, NC, next to the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.

Meta began shooting Nature Photography with her Minolta 35mm QTsi Film Camera and 35–80mm AF Telephoto Lens back in 2000. Meta shoots Nature Photography and Macro Photography with an Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and with Sony Alpha Cameras and Vintage Minolta AF Lenses.

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

Meta’s “Red Tailed Hawk” (Photo: Below) was shot with a Minolta AF 70–210mm ƒ/4 Telephoto Lens on a Sony Alpha Camera.

“Shooting with 1985 Minolta AF Lenses, gives you certain bragging rights, when you can win Photography Contests, compared to other photographers who paid thousands of dollars for their Professional Sony Lenses!”
~ Meta Gatschenberger

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

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Can you Enter Photo Contests with an iPhone?

Check their Photo Contest Entry Rules and Photo Specifications, but most Photo Contests require a mimimum of 10”x8” Images at 300 dpi images or 3000x2400 Pixel Images (For Printing Calendars or 10”x8” Wall Prints). The 12MP Rear Camera found in the iPhone 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 can shoot 4032×3024 Pixel Images, so the answer is Yes, you can!

Just watch your cropping and remember to shoot in Landscape Mode, because you don’t have a lot of crop room, compared to say cropping a huge a 6000x4000 Sony 24MP Camera Image. Meta entered one Photo Contest where there were a lot of Beginner iPhone Photo Entries, but due to over cropping, most were rejected.

Four of Meta’s Nature Photographs appear on Ray’s Weather Calendar.

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

Meta's Best iPhone Photography Tips For BeginnersAd • Minolta AF Lenses – Did you know that Amazon sells Used Minolta Lenses? You can buy Like New or Mint Condition Minolta Lenses directly from Professional Camera Shops in the USA and Japan on Amazon! Meta has purchased many of Her Best Minolta Lenses directly from Amazon.

Meta’s Nature Photography Contest Winners

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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 Alpha Camera using a Minolta AF 70–210mm ƒ/4 Telephoto Lens at Grandfather Mountain, near Linville, NC.

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

Meta’s Nature 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 Alpha Camera using a Minolta AF 20mm ƒ/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Prime Lens on Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Blowing Rock, NC. Shows the Milky Way on the top left.

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

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

Photos By Meta – Fraser’s Ridge In Winter

Winner – Ray’s Weather 2020 Calendar (February 2020)
Meta’s “Fraser’s Ridge In Winter appears on the Ray’s Weather Calendar Photography Contest Winner for February 2020!

Shot with a Sony Alpha Camera using a Minolta AF 50mm ƒ/1.4 Prime Lens from Meta’s Front Porch, overlooking Fraser’s Ridge and the Blue Ridge Parkway between Bamboon Gap and Aho Gap, near Blowing Rock and Boone, NC.

Meta’s Nature 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 Alpha Camera using a Minolta AF 100mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Lens on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Blowing Rock, NC. This is a rare and endangered flower.

Meta’s Nature 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 Alpha Camera using a Minolta AF 24mm ƒ/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens at The Julian Price Park, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Blowing Rock, NC.

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

Meta’s Nature 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 Alpha Camera using a Minolta AF 50mm ƒ/1.4 Prime Lens.

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

Shot with a Sony Alpha Camera using a Minolta AF 100mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Lens on Grandfather Mountain, near Linville, NC.

Meta’s Nature 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 Alpha Camera using a Minolta AF 50mm ƒ/1.4 Prime Lens at Chetola Resort, in Blowing Rock, NC.

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

Meta Gatschenberger’s Nature Photography Memberships and Links

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Memberships and Links

Member: Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Member: Blue Ridge Media
Member: North Carolina Native Plant Society
Member: Grandfather Mountain Bridge Club
Member: Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
Member: DP Review
Member: 4Runners Forum
Member: 4Runners Forum
Member: Telehealth Medical Resources

Buy Meta’s Nature Photography at: Photos By Meta

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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Meta's Best iPhone Photography Tips For BeginnersAd • DJI OM 4 Gimbal – When Shooting 4K YouTube Videos on an iPhone 12 Pro Max, Meta uses the DJI OM 4 Gimbal. This foldable design weighs less than a pound and is portable and convenient. Includes a Carrying Pouch and a Mini Tripod. Payload: 230g ± 60g.

Meta Never Gets Stuck When Shooting Nature Photography!

Why Are All Terrain Tires Important For Nature Photography?

Nature Videography often involves traveling Off-Road, on U.S. Forest Service Roads, Rough Logging Roads or following Remote Mountain Streams. Living year-round in the Remote Blue Ridge Mountains, Meta’s 2021 Toyota 4Runner 4x4 (Photo: Left) is equipped with Severe Snow Rated Goodyear DuraTrac Tires for extreme winter travel in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina – In all Four Seasons.

Goodyear DuraTrac Tires are perfect for windy and snowy mountain roads and can also be driven year round on roads, highways, gravel, mud, snow and ice!

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