Sky Valley Zip Tours

Your Canopy Adventure Awaits

 

5 min. from Boone/Blowing Rock

 

 10 zip lines, a swinging bridge,

a cliff jump, and countless views

 

Click ad for reservations!

855-475-9947

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Fairview, NC

 

Featuring:

 Online orders of pasture

raised meats and a variety

of other local goods available for

Curbside Pickup at the farm store

Learn More:

hickorynutgap.com/shop

Alleghany Inn

Easy to find, hard to leave!

 

Located in Sparta, just 4 miles

from the New River and 7 miles

from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

Click for more information

or to make a reservation

336.372.2501

For the People Academy

Be Your Own Hero

 

A high-end, inclusive skills

training organization teaching

conceal carry, emergency first-aid,

primitive survival, and other

useful skills.

 

For our current class list, see

www.FTPAcademy.org

Email contact@ftpacademy.org

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Wolf Mountain Realty, Inc

Real estate services on

a higher level

 

Serving Wolf Laurel, Mars Hill,

Asheville, & East TN

Click Here to view listings

 or call 828-680-9777


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2022 Blue Ridge
Calendar Photo Contest

The Blue Ridge Conservancy and RaysWeather.Com are partnering again to produce the 2022 Blue Ridge Calendar.

RaysWeather.Com has sponsored a photo contest and a calendar featuring photos from our forecast region for the past 18 years. Last year's calendar was a huge success--we sold out in early December. The only problem was that so many people who wanted calendars were not able to get them. We'll print more this year!

As was the case last year, the 2022 Blue Ridge Calendar Photo Contest solicits photographs anywhere in the Southern Appalachians (SW Virginia to SW North Carolina) and Foothills. A portion of the profit from the calendars will be donated to the Blue Ridge Conservancy. Last year, we donated $2000 from the calendar proceeds.

The photo contest is open for submissions until June 21, 2021. We're looking for the best, most unique photos capturing the beauty, activities, and essence of the Southern Appalachians in all seasons of the year.

Contest Criteria and Process

At the end of the submission period, photos will be screened by the Blue Ridge Conservancy and RaysWeather.Com to determine a group of Finalists. These Finalists will be posted on the contest pages for at least one week to solicit your votes (in late June). Based on the voting, the Blue Ridge Conservancy and RaysWeather.Com will make final decisions regarding winners based on technical quality, uniqueness, and producing a calendar of highest quality with appropriate diversity of geography, activities, scenes, flora, fauna, etc. Because of the calendar layout, winning photos will be printed 12" wide and 10" tall; so, photos must be appropriate for printing in that size and orientation. We will announce winners in early July. In addition to the full-page month winners, we also include many "Best of the Rest" and cameo photos in the calendar. Last year, we included about 50 photos in the calendar.

Prizes

The Grand Prize Winner (selected for the calendar cover) will receive a $200 RaysMarketplace.com gift certificate and a $200 cash prize. Additionally, three photos per season will be selected for inclusion in the 2022 Calendar (plus photos for November and December of 2021 so the calendar can be used before 2022 begins); each of these photographers will receive a $100 RaysMarketplace.Com gift certificate. "Best of the Rest" and cameo photo winners will receive prizes as well.

Contest Rules

How to Submit Photos

Please submit your photos under the appropriate category...

Fall: Click here to submit a Fall Photo

Winter: Click here to submit a Winter Photo

Spring: Click here to submit a Spring Photo

Summer: Click here to submit a Summer Photo

Submissions will close June 21, 2021.

Thanks and check back here in late June for the voting.