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 $399.99.

Photographers can submit a photo by contacting KMitchell@blountpartnership.com and providing their name, phone number, a brief description of the photo and where it was taken.

For more information on the Hot Air Balloon Festival, visit http://www.gsmballoonfest.com.

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.