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Laurel Magazine is a monthly magazine guiding you where to shop, play, dine, and stay in Highlands NC and Cashiers NC.


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  • Laurel Contributor

Laurel’s Annual Photo Contest

by Mary Jane McCall

We’re seeking the perfect photo for our Winter 2021 cover. We’re looking at you.

Living in Highlands is like living in a storybook. Beauty surrounds us at every turn. Every season offers a fresh perspective, but there’s something about the stark beauty of winter that beckons the inner photographer in us all to take a few moments to try and capture the beauty of the moment so we can carry it with us throughout the year.

From the bright red flash of a cardinal or holly berry against the barren trees, to sunrises and sunsets that explode with color, or sunlight glistening on a freshly fallen snow, winter is a perfect time to enjoy a few moments in nature with our cameras.

Whether you’re a professional photographer, or just someone who loves to capture the magic of the moment on your cell phone or pocket camera, The Laurel is offering you a chance to become a cover artist. That’s right, the 2021 Laurel Winter Photo Contest has begun, so grab your camera and start snapping your way to fame.

Your winning photograph could be the cover of our 2021 Winter Edition. Pictured are some of our favorites from last year’s competition. One of these might be just the inspiration you need to capture your own winning shot. All you have to do is keep an eye open for the beauty of this, our quietest and most reflective season, and capture that moment on film.

Aspiring cover artists should enter their seasonal and magazine appropriate shots at by March 31, 2020. Submitted photographs should be high resolution and must be of the Highlands-Cashiers area. Amateurs, professionals, young and old, are encouraged to join the fun and share the beauty of the season.

Pictures will appear on The Laurel Facebook page and readers can vote for their favorite. The deadline to enter and to vote is March 31 and the winner will be announced on Facebook. The winning photograph will appear on the cover of the 2021 January-February edition of The Laurel.

Visit to enter and vote before the March 31 deadline.