Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival to Hold Photography Contest

On August 19, 2017, hot air balloons will provide an awe-inspiring site at the First Annual Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival—and photographers capturing photos have the chance to win a prize.

Taking place at the Townsend Visitors Center, located at 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., photographers are encouraged to attend and take advantage of the beautiful spectacle as balloonists light up the evening sky with balloon glow.

The winner of the contest will receive a Yeti Tundra 65 cooler provided by Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center valued at $399.

Photographers can submit a photo by contacting and providing their name, phone number, a brief description of the photo and where it was tak

For more information on the Hot Air Balloon Festival, visit

Photography Rules

Photographs that violate or infringe upon another person’s copyright are not eligible. The photographer must hold all rights to submitted photographs, especially any photos in which a person is recognizable. Once submitted, photos become the property of the Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival and can be used in future marketing of the event.

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