North West Photo Fest 2016 – Workshops and seminars

Terrace. BC, photographer Talon Gillis, describes the challenges of environmental portriature in a small town at the 2016 North West Photo Fest in Kitimat, August 6, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
Terrace. BC, photographer Talon Gillis, describes the challenges of environmental portriature in a small town at the 2016 North West Photo Fest in Kitimat, August 6, 2016. (Robin Rowland)

Kitimat. BC, held the second annual North West Photo Fest on the weekend of August 5 and 6, 2016, a celebration of photography in Northwestern British Columbia.

North West Photo Fest 2016 poster.
North West Photo Fest 2016 poster.

In 2015, The Kitimat Museum & Archives held a successful exhibit, “Local Lens” that featured the work of photographers in Kitimat. As summer visitors viewed the photos at the museum gallery, Kitimat’s photographers and their friends and supporters began to meet to plan an expanded photo festival that would celebrate all aspects of photography in the northwest, nature, industrial, photo journalism, portraiture, fine art and street photography.

For the 2016 exhibit, invitations were sent across the north west and photographers from Haida Gwaii, to Prince Rupert and Kitimat and on to Telkwa entered images.

Preparing to hang the pictures at the Kitimat Museum & Archives. (Robin Rowland)
Preparing to hang the pictures at the Kitimat Museum & Archives. (Robin Rowland)
Preparing to hang the pictures at the Kitimat Museum & Archives. (Robin Rowland)
Preparing to hang the pictures at the Kitimat Museum & Archives. (Robin Rowland)
The opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
The opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
Visitors line up to see the photo s at the opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
Visitors line up to see the photo s at the opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)

 

 

Guest speakers Paul Colangelo and Andy Clark look at museum exhibits during the opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
Guest speakers Paul Colangelo and Andy Clark look at museum exhibits during the opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
North West Photo Fest
North West Photo Fest

The exhibit runs from August 5 to August 27m 2016.

Viewers at the North West Photo Fest exhibit opening. (Robin Rowland)
Viewers at the North West Photo Fest exhibit opening. (Robin Rowland)

The seminars and workshops were held at Riverlodge Recreation Centre on Saturday. August 6, 2016.

North West Photo Fest program book.
North West Photo Fest program book.

Download  Photofest Program 2016 –

Talon Gillis and Doug Keech discuss the challenges of portraits in a small town at North West Photo Fest. ( Robin Rowland)
Talon Gillis and Doug Keech discuss the challenges of portraits in a small town at North West Photo Fest. ( Robin Rowland)
Walter Thorne of the Kitimat Valley Naturalists talks about observing and photographing birds at North West Photo Fest. (Robin Rowland)
Walter Thorne of the Kitimat Valley Naturalists talks about observing and photographing birds at North West Photo Fest. (Robin Rowland)

 

Darlene Tait won the grand door prize, a large Nanuk outdoor case. (Walter McFarlane)
Darlene Tait won the grand door prize, a large Nanuk outdoor case. (Walter McFarlane)

 

Journalist Walter McFarlane won a Nanuk case at the North West Photo Fest. (Robin Rowland)
Journalist Walter McFarlane won a  watertight Nanuk case at the North West Photo Fest. (Robin Rowland)
Tawnia Penson won $100 worth of processing from Vancouver's Photo Experts. while Ali Ledgerwood and Robin Rowland prepare to draw the grand door prize. (Walter McFarlane)
Tawnia Penson won $100 worth of processing from Vancouver’s Photo Expert. while consultant Ali Ledgerwood and co-chair Robin Rowland work in the background. (Walter McFarlane)
Ruth Mills of the Minette Bay Lodge was host for the post workshop barbecue. (Robin Rowland)
Ruth Mills of the Minette Bay Lodge was host for the post workshop barbecue. (Robin Rowland)

 

Dusk at the creek at the Minette Bay Lodge taken during an after dinner walk . (Robin Rowland)
Dusk at the creek at the Minette Bay Lodge taken during an after dinner walk . (Robin Rowland)

 

Other donations of door prizes came from Beau Photo, Burke Mountain Leather, Canon, News Photographers Association of Canada, Nikon, Love Kitimat and Kitimat Museum & Archives. Thanks for their generous donations!

North West Photo Fest Douglas Channel tour 2016

The early morning sun shines down on Coste Rocks, a small provincial park in Douglas Channel near Kitimat, August 7, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
The early morning sun shines down on Coste Rocks, a small provincial park in Douglas Channel near Kitimat, August 7, 2016. (Robin Rowland)

 

On the morning of August 7, North West Photo Fest took out our out-of-town special guests, Andy Clark, Paul Colangelo and Ali Ledgerwood on a tour of upper Douglas Channel, including the Kitimat Arm, Coste Rocks, Jesse Falls and the Kildala Arm, including the Dala and Kildala estuaries.

Our host was Rick Thompson, proprietor of the floating Tookus Inn.

A seal crawls on to one of the smaller Coste Rocks with the mountains and Douglas Channel in the background. (Robin Rowland)
A seal crawls on to one of the smaller Coste Rocks with the mountains and Douglas Channel in the background. (Robin Rowland)
A bald eagle skims over the tangled roots of driftwood in the Kildala River estuary. (Robin Rowland)
A bald eagle skims over the tangled roots of driftwood in the Kildala River estuary. (Robin Rowland)

 

Photographer Andy Clark on board the North West Photo Fest Douglas Channel tour. (Robin Rowland)
Photographer Andy Clark  on board Rick Thompson’s Hourston 26 foot sportsfisher, The Only Way,  during the North West Photo Fest Douglas Channel tour. (Robin Rowland)

 

Andy Clark watches as Paul Colangelo shoots as we approach Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)
Andy Clark watches as Paul Colangelo shoots as we approach Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)

 

Ali Ledgerwood enjoys the view as we leave Coste Rocks for Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)
Ali Ledgerwood enjoys the view from The Only Way as we leave Coste Rocks for Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)
Paul Colangelo on board the xxxxx (Robin Rowland)
Paul Colangelo on board The Only Way. (Robin Rowland)

 

Andy Clark, Paul Colangelo, Robin Rowland and Ali Ledgerwood at Jesse Falls. (Rick Thompson)
Andy Clark, Paul Colangelo, Robin Rowland and Ali Ledgerwood at Jesse Falls. (Rick Thompson)

 

A black bear mother and her cub on the shores of the Kildala estuary, (Robin Rowland)
A black bear mother and her cub on the shores of the Kildala estuary, (Robin Rowland)

 

A loon in the waters of the Kildala Arm (Robin Rowland)
A loon in the waters of the Kildala Arm (Robin Rowland)

 

A great blue heron lands on a tree near the Kildala estuary. (Robin Rowland)
A great blue heron lands on a tree near the Kildala estuary. (Robin Rowland)

 

Pigeon Guillemots line the top of Coste Rocks. (Robin Rowland)
Pigeon Guillemots line the top of Coste Rocks. (Robin Rowland)

Harbour seals regard a passing boat from the edge of Coste Rocks. (Robin Rowland) Harbour seal