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North Alabama Ambassadors

 What is a North Alabama Ambassador?

A North Alabama Ambassador is someone who represents our region well through their photos, videos, and blogs on social media. It's someone who explores, seeks adventure, captures the beauty of north Alabama, and shares it with the rest of us. It's someone who ultimately makes us want to go out and explore for ourselves.

We’re looking for a team of 20 people to be our North Alabama Ambassadors. We want to feature your amazing talent, so we’re looking for people who are exploring, photographing, and posting about north Alabama’s outdoors, attractions, festivals, and food. As a North Alabama Ambassador, you’ll receive:

  • North Alabama swag (t-shirt, cap, etc.)
  • Featured on our website landing page for North Alabama Ambassadors
  • Featured on our social media platforms (we’ll tag you on social to introduce you to our followers)
  • Featured on our blog (we’ll share your blog posts if you’re a blogger)
  • You’ll also be able to use the title North Alabama Ambassador on your social accounts and website

Our goal for the North Alabama Ambassador program is to find people who are passionate about the north Alabama region and are posting their adventures on social media or on a blog. We want to highlight your amazing talent to further promote our 16-county region.

HOW TO BECOME AN AMBASSADOR

What you’ll need to do:

  • Fill out the application
  • Follow us on social (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Use the #visitnorthal hashtag on your north Alabama pics
  • Tag us in your north Alabama pics
  • Need to post regularly about north Alabama (7-10 posts representing our brand per month)
  • Don’t use profanity, vulgar language, nudity (or partial nudity) in north Alabama pics we are tagged in or that uses the #visitnorthal hashtag
  • Wear your swag when possible

If you’re interested, here’s the next step:

Fill out our North Alabama Ambassador application and tell us why you would like to represent north Alabama’s outdoors, attractions, festivals, and food. This isn’t English class, so it doesn’t need to be a super long essay. Just tell us why this program interests you in several, thoughtful sentences. We’re not making decisions based on how many followers you have but rather how passionate you are about north Alabama and how well you represent our beautiful region.

DEADLINE: December 6, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW AMBASSADORS: December 18, 2019

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AMBASSADORS

Coty Alred Ambassador

Coty Alred

@cotees_chronicles

Seven years ago I was just a ski bum in Colorado, where my love for adventure grew. So when starting a family we chose to lay our heads to rest in Moulton, AL in the foothills of the Bankhead National Forest. I enjoy seeking out historical and forgotten pieces of our past. My better half takes us on searches for waterfalls, and my little one is always looking forward to festivals, music, and bouncy houses. We enjoy doing things as a family to show other families how easy it can be to get outside and find their own adventure. Follow along on ig @alred_chronicles or stalk me on fb @coty.alred for good vibes.

ryan beverly 2020 ambassador

Ryan Beverly

@nomadic_leprechaun

 You will usually find me out exploring more often than not.  Whether local or farther away there's very few places that won't peak my interest, the thrill of seeking something new to me is what excites me the most. The further away from a WiFi signal the better, Waterfalls and creek walks are my jam and I vibe with people like minded, my attention span is short and my need for investigation is strong as I tend to want to cover every inch of where I Roam.  Alabama is the Gem of the South that a lot of people don't realize.

lesia bevis 2020 ambassador

Lesia Bevis

@lesia.bevis

I love exploring and hiking all over North Alabama. One of my favorite things is chasing waterfalls, but I also enjoy anytime spent outdoors soaking up nature. I have found that to be the best stress relief there is..just leave your worries behind for a while and get out on a trail. I take lots of pictures on all my adventures and share them on my Instagram page so others can see the beauty this state has to offer. It is true what they say, Alabama really is beautiful. Come follow along with me, you never know where I will end up next, or what kinds of hidden treasures I will come across in the woods. Everyone should take time for an adventure in North Alabama, there is so much to see and do.

vanessa bowser 2020

Vanessa Bowser

@a_southern_life

I was born in Florence, Alabama and currently reside in Muscle Shoals. I love everything about Alabama; from the beautiful sunrises on the gulf to the beautiful sunsets on the Singing Tennessee River (and everything in between). Recently retired as a school counselor, I am now able to explore my passion for photography and am excited about the opportunity to share experiences from my southern life with everyone as an Alabama Ambassador! 

Sam Calhoun Ambassador

Sam Calhoun

@weatherman_sam

I'm a lifelong lover of maps, the keys to adventure! Geospatial Analyst by trade, in my free time I spend a lot of time pouring over old topographical maps in search of unknown or little known spots to explore. I'm passionate about finding waterfalls, but the richness of North Alabama's history, it's diversity of flora and fauna make it an absolute wonderland in all seasons; I'm eager for whatever comes my way. I never leave the house without a camera, or a notepad. I've been writing poetry since age 9, and keep a WordPress blog (weathermansam) for my “adventure journals” and photo galleries. In addition to that, I have a vlog on Youtube (weathermansam) updated weekly, but my Instagram page (weatherman_sam) is where you'll finding me the most, updating every day with pictures of this wonderful natural world we get to call home.

justin carter 2020 ambassador

Justin Carter

@hightideaerials

When you grow up somewhere, sometimes you take it for granted. I knew Alabama was beautiful, but until recently I did not realize just how MANY beautiful locations there are just down the road in Northeast Alabama. My wife gave me drone 2 years ago for Christmas. Since then it has been taking pictures and video non stop of all the amazing landscapes Alabama has to offer. I want to see all of the Canyons, rivers, lakes, mountains, creeks, and Waterfalls. Join my exploration on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @HighTideAerials. Check out my prints at https://hightideaerials.darkroom.tech.

 

amanda bridges-dunn 2020

Amanda Bridges-Dunn

@Adventuringlight

Hi, I’m Adventuringlight! I’m a waterfall chaser who loves to wander and explore new places and of course-take pictures. I’m always ready to go! I started a blog a couple of years ago as a way of sharing some of the places I explore. I never get tired of exploring the mountains, caves, creeks and rivers of North Alabama. Early mornings, back roads, woods, sunsets, coffee, great food and family are a few of my other favorite things. I hope I can inspire you to get outside!

ethan ford 2020 ambassador

Ethan Ford

@southernwayfaring

Hey y'all! I'm Ethan Ford. I was born and raised in Fort Payne, AL. I have had a lifelong passion for the outdoors. I love exploring and sharing my experiences with others, encouraging people to get out and enjoy Alabama.

katelyn and gary henderson ambassadors

Katelyn & Gary Henderson

@secondaryadventure

www.secondaryadventure.com

He is Gary. She is Katelyn. Together they are adventurers in training...kinda.

We have been in Huntsville for roughly 7 years and we absolutely love the Rocket City. Our children, Carson and Lilly, love the outdoors and exploring. Our family motto is "Secondary Adventure" since we are always looking for curious and unusual activities. We strive to push ourselves outside of our own comfort zone, so that our children will have a completely different world view. We are creating family memories and unique experiences day by day. Follow our messy, unruly, and sometimes inspiring journey at @SecondaryAdventures! Stop by and say hello!

cody hood 2020

Cody Hood

@ensaneoutdoors

I'm a 42 year old occupational therapist assistant, husband, and father. I live in Addison, AL, just a few miles from Bankhead National Forest. I love hiking, camping, backpacking, biking, and kayaking in Bankhead and the Sipsey Wilderness Area (no biking there). I love getting out and finding the waterfalls in and around Bankhead and Sipsey and love to hear or read about the history of those places. To stand in the woods and just listen to the sounds of the outdoors is just something I can't explain.

I've just, in the few years or so, began to explore other areas in this beautiful state. In the past 2 years I've competed in The Alabama Beta Challenge. It is an outdoor, team based competition where you earned points for doing outdoor challenges. I was able to revisit a few places and explore some new places a too. We camped at Cherokee Rock Village and I fell in love with that area. 

I'm a firm believer on getting kids outdoors and think we should teach them to respect our wild places. I've lead hikes hoping to get kids and their families out to see how beautiful and special our area is. 

kendra isbell 2020 ambassador

Kendra Isbell

@kendra_adventures

I’m Kendra. I’m from Muscle Shoals, AL. I’m married and have two fur babies! I work as an Occupational Therapist in inpatient rehab and home health. I LOVE the outdoors, traveling, adventuring - hiking, caving, climbing mountains, you name it. My husband and I recently went on a 28 day road trip across America and it was epic!

justin king 2020 ambassador

Justin King

@gvilleking

 

evan lanier

Evan Lanier

@evanlanier

Hey, I’m Evan Lanier.  Home for me is in beautiful north east Alabama (Oxford, to be exact). Adventure is at the core of my being and I thrive on the uncommon.  I'm a fan of discovering new places and then taking others on new experiences. Many weekends my family is out exploring our state or road tripping cross country in our 1980 airstream. Many people tend to live such predictable lives,  my challenge to you is to get out there and give yourself the opportunity to live more. 

lane leopard

Lane Leopard

@lane_leopard_photography

I am a father of 3 and a granddad to 1 and married to my awesome adventure partner, Jessica. I love photography and hiking. I have always had a love of everything outdoors from an early age. I have developed a passion for hunting waterfalls with my family and friends in recent years. Most weekends we are usually chasing a waterfall somewhere. My favorite place is Bankhead National Forest and the iconic Sipsey Wilderness that lies in the heart of Bankhead. The entire North Alabama region is covered in immense beauty and has a very diverse landscape from beautiful farmland to rolling hills and amazing canyons. The only thing required is to get out and explore. You can follow along on our adventures on IG @lane_leopard_photography and on our YouTube page at "Keeping up with the Leopards". Hope to see you outside somewhere.

david parham 2020 ambassador

David Parham

@huntsvilleadventurer

www.huntsvilleadventurer.com

Bio: I grew up in Birmingham, went to college in Tuscaloosa, and currently live in Huntsville as an engineer. I grew up climbing. I was driven outdoors by finding anywhere I could go climb. Climbing quickly turned me into a camper as we would go climbing for a weekend and needed a place to sleep. Camping turned me into a waterfall hunter as I often needed a place to cool down while camping during summer. Waterfall hunting turned me into a hiker as I learned to enjoy the process of finding waterfalls. When I'm not at home, at work, or at Jiu Jitsu, I love exploring the outdoors with my 2 daughters and wife. We love spending our time exploring North Alabama and seeing all the different views, caves, and waterfalls that it has to offer. 

 

emily polak 2020 ambassador

Emily Polak

@huntsvillefoodie

www.huntsvillefoodie.com

Originally from Iowa, I moved to Alabama 6 years ago when I married my husband. Last year we added a sweet little boy to our family, and we are loving parenthood! I work as a high school English teacher, but I visit local places (especially restaurants!) as often as I can and post about my favorite spots on my Instagram account @Huntsvillefoodie. 

Mary Posey Ambassador

Mary Posey

@mary.posey

I've been behind a camera since I was a kid in high school with a half-functioning dark room in my closet. I never did get that final piece - the enlarger. Sigh. Oh film, you are much more fun to romanticize after the fact. I've spent the majority of my life here in north Alabama and it simply demands to be photographed. Country roads to cityscapes, we truly have it all. The husband and I have always been wanderers. It's just what we do. And what a beautiful place to have the privilege of doing such. Familiar ground changes so quickly from year to year, season to season. I'm having a blast documenting things as they develop!

Robert Posey Ambassador
 

Robert Posey

@therobertposey

I am a video and photography nerd who was born and raised in the woods. I believe the best things in life are found on the other side of briar patches. I spend my free time wading through those briars in search of a photo, a swim hole, or a geocache. During my not-so-free time I answer and dispatch 911 calls for Marshall County. I also love walking around aimlessly in the city. My family and I spend way more time than we should going to Huntsville with no game plan whatsoever... with some luck we usually find ourselves at a food truck rally, tossing axes in a school converted to a brewery, or at a scenic overlook. You will probably never bump into us at a movie theater or a restaurant with more than four locations. Give me your most secluded waterfalls, your  most hidden gems, and your weirdest deep-fried foods Alabama. I’m ready!

greg rutland 2020 ambassador

Greg Rutland

@grutland

propertyimageconcepts.com

As a 49 year old "IT guy", musician, pilot, and Interiors/Architectural photographer I guess you could say that I never outgrew the kid who spent his school years staring out the window.   Growing up in Birmingham I spent my weekends playing on the waters of Smith Lake, or roaming the woods of Bankhead National Forest, and the Sipsey Wilderness area. Continuing my education at the University of North Alabama would lead to meeting the love of my life, and in the process I fell in love with the Shoals area and her people. Spending days in an office, I began to yearn for more time outdoors after my kids were grown and living their own lives. When I'm not working my day job in Huntsville, or shooting homes for my realtor clients, I'm often found in the Shoals area photographing the dams and bridges, looking for that epic sunset, lightning bolt, or roaming across the state searching out a new waterfall to photograph. I've even been known to throw the camera and drone in the car to rush to Bayou La Batre to get a shot of the shrimp fleet during a colorful sunset.  You can find my photos on my personal instagram @grutland or my professional client work at propertyimageconcepts.com.  

hannah sumner

Hannah Sumner

@pbhs_outdoors

www.photographybyhsumner.com

I'm a photographer/nurse/mom of 5 fabulous kiddos living in North Alabama. Born in Gadsden, moved around a bit and ended up in the northwest corner of the state for the past 12 years. I really started exploring all north Alabama has to offer a couple of years ago. I still have so much to see. We have such an incredibly diverse area of the state. Waterfalls are my favorite but there are also caves, canyons, dirt roads, wide open fields, quiet little streams, the beautiful Tennessee River, and so much more. My adventures happen in spurts, working mom of 5 life is a little chaotic but we get out and about every chance we get. Life is crazy. Get outside and explore when you can. So thankful to be a part of this crew that attempts to show you all the beauty the state has to offer. Look here for proof that adventure is close to wherever you live in North Alabama; you just have be willing to explore and find it.

zenovia stephens 2020 ambassador

Zenovia Stephens

@blackadventurecrew

My name is Zenovia Stephens and I’m a Stay at home mom originally from Chicago, IL.  My husband and I currently live in Huntsville, AL with our three active boys and dog and  we love being outdoors as much as possible. We are always on the search for new, exciting, kid friendly activities. Big bonus if the activities are free or don’t cost much! We thrive on staying active as a family and being engaged in the many offerings of our community. I love taking pictures and sharing our adventures on my social media accounts. I’m excited to join the team of North Alabama Ambassadors.

Mirandi Watson Ambassador

Mirandi Reese Watson

@twin_trail_tales

Twin Trail Tales

My name is Mirandi Reese Watson and I live in Northeast Alabama with my husband and two sons. I am an Alabama 4-H Foundation Agent for Cherokee County and get to teach our youth about leadership, citizenship, natural resources, agriculture, kayaking, water quality, and many other important things. Our family enjoys hiking and kayaking in our local lakes, rivers, Alabama State Parks, and National Preserves. I feel that it is important to teach our youth about the history, plants, animals, and resources in their own backyards to give them a "sense of place." One day they will be the ones taking care of North Alabama. I am excited to have been chosen as a North Alabama Ambassador, so that I may continue to inspire others to get out there and experience all of the beauty and wonder in our area. My twin sister, Monica, and I have a Twin Trail Tales Facebook page and Instagram where we highlight our adventures (and sometimes misadventures) on the trails. You can find us on Facebook under “Twin Trail Tales” or on Instagram @twin_trail_tales.

Pat Yancey

Pat Yancey

@earthboundtraveler

I’m a 43-year-old corporate pilot in Birmingham. I live in Walnut Grove, AL. I absolutely love and am Alabama! It’s not only in my heritage, but my heart and soul. In my off time, I’m an avid photographer, hiker, and lover of all things southern. Received my first camera from my parents as a Christmas present when I was 8 years old. I’ve been behind the lens ever since and love every moment of it. I have an Instagram page (@jetyancey) with my life’s happenings, work, family, hobbies, country life, adventures, practical jokes etc. All in good, clean fun. I put my better pictures on an Instagram page under @earthboundtraveler that shed light on the true beauty of Alabama’s landscapes, skyscapes, nightscapes, and things that just say “all things Alabama” to me. My daily Snapchat (Patyancey) story shows my life story, in real time - from the farm, to 8 miles above the earth, to adventures I’m constantly chasing.