Hugh Morton is an internationally acclaimed photographer, a conservationist and a naturalist. In 2003, he published Hugh Morton’s North Carolina, a collection of 264 of his photographs chronicling the history and beauty of North Carolina. His photos have appeared in numerous publications, including the Saturday Evening Posts, Colliers, Time, National Geographic, Newsweek as well as books, videos and posters. Mr. Morton owns Grandfather Mountain and has been active in preserving and promoting the state’s natural treasures. In 1996 he was appointed by Governor Hunt to the Year of the Mountains Commission; he chaired the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism in 1982; and he has served in various capacities on the State Board of Conservation and Development. His work on pollution issues with N.C. State Professor Robert Bruck and the resulting documentary led to the General Assembly’s Passage of the 2002 Clean Smokestacks Bill. Among his many honors, Morton has received the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the highest honor given by the N.C. Humanities Council, the North Carolinian of the Year Award from the N.C. Press Association and the North Carolina Society Award. Mr. Morton attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served as a photographer in the U.S. Army, earning a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.