photofest_logo_512 North West Photo Fest 2017 took place August 11 to August 13, 2017 in Kitimat, BC.



The North West Photo Fest opening reception was held at the Kitimat Museum & Archives on Friday. August 11. 2017 at 7:30 pm.


Ab Morrison-Hayward looks at one of the entries. (Robin Rowland()

Opening reception photo blog


Seminars photo blog.

The seminars and workshops were held at Riverlodge Recreation Centre during the day on Saturday August 12.

The barbecue at Minette Bay Lodge, was held Saturday, August 12

 Riverlodge Seminars and Workshops August 12, 2017

Here’s the Saturday, August 12 lineup for North West Photo Fest seminars and workshops

Saturday, August 12 featured a full day of exciting and fun workshops and seminars, including talks by our special guests.
Save-on-Foods provided sandwiches for the Lunch ‘n’ Learn.

Photofest Program 2017 (pdf)

Workshops and Photowalks
Here’s the lineup for the North West Photo Fest photo walks and practical workshops


Photo workshops and photo walks  took place simultaneously based on skill level   and interest in Kitimat and at Lakelse Lake  on the morning  of Sunday August 13.

Hotel accommodation

Microtel Kitimat

People from out of town who wish to attend North West Photo Fest can take advantage of a special rate of $79 a night at
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham in Kitimat.  For information contact info@microtelkitimat.com and to reserve call the hotel  at 778-631-0044 and ask for the North West Photo Fest rate.

Guest speakers

Brandon Broderick

Brandon Broderick was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1986. Most of his time as a child was spent exploring the outdoors which is what lead to his love of the natural world.

After high school, Brandon studied Fish and Wildlife at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario. It was during his second year of college that he discovered an interest in photography. Using a 3.2 megapixel Sony point-and-shoot camera, Brandon captured simple landscape images to use as his personal desktop backgrounds for my computer.

It wasn’t until friends began to ask to use his images as their own desktop backgrounds that he thought photography might be worth pursuing. After graduating college, he purchased a second-hand Canon Rebel 6 megapixel DSLR camera complete with 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses. Since then, he has been learning and practicing new techniques in order to grow as a photographer. Brandon has lived in Terrace for just over 5 years now.

Andy Clark

Andy Clark, one of the most popular speakers at North West Photo Fest 2016, is returning this year.

Andy Clark began his career with The Canadian Press as a copyboy in 1970. Working his way up through the ranks he became a staff photographer in 1974 and transferred to the Ottawa bureau covering Parliament Hill. In 1978 Andy left CP to join the staff of The Hamilton Spectator. Later that same year he returned to news agency work signing on with United Press Canada working first in Vancouver and then again in Ottawa. In 1985, Andy briefly joined the newly created Reuters News Pictures operation before accepting a position as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s official photographer. In 1987 Andy re-joined Reuters and has been based in Belgium, England, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2014, Andy left Reuters after 27 years. He has traveled extensively throughout the world covering famines, disasters, world summits, global sporting
events, the first Gulf War and conflicts in the Balkans.

Jay Gough

Long lens photography is challenging, yet extremely rewarding. We want you to leave North West Photo Fest with skills that will benefit you in every situation you might face while shooting wildlife.

Jay Gough, BC Professional Services and Tech Sales Representative from Nikon Canada, will present a two part series designed to make you a better long lens photographer.

On Saturday, August 12, at Kitimat’s Riverlodge Recreation Centre, Jay will cover some of theory, techniques, and technology involved in the successful capture of far away subjects in a classroom environment. Bring your notepad, as a lot of information will be shared, all of which will be applicable on day two.

On the Sunday August 13, Jay will take you out of the classroom to put what you’ve learned into practice, in and around Kitimat, probably at a waterfront location.

Colin Horabin

Colin Horabin has been a photographer for 40 years. Colin has many ongoing photo projects concerning the environment that he continues to work on, including photographing wildlife, eagles and seabirds. He lives with his family; works and plays in the outdoors of the Sunshine Coast on Canada’s wild west coast. He travels the world photographing and experiencing the worlds cultures, present and past.

Colin has a degree in Photojournalism and has been a member of News Photographers Association of Canada for more than 25 years. He has worked in Germany for a daily newspaper, covering breaking news, politics, sporting and cultural events. His work has appeared in such newspapers as Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Donau-Post, Abendzeitung, Der Neuertag, in Germany and the Vancouver Sun, The Province, and the North Shore News in Canada. His images have been published in many other publications in Germany through the stock agency altro-foto.de to which he is an original contributor. His motto “Live is Life” Opus.

Malcolm Park

This year  North West Photo Fest coincides with the Perseid Meteor Shower which peaks every year between August 11 and August 14. We’ve invited Malcolm Park to be one of guest speakers.

Malcolm is a past-president of the North York Astronomical Association (NYAA) in Toronto and was also the coordinator of Starfest, Canada’s largest annual Starparty and amateur astronomy conference. Recently retired after over 30 years in the banking industry, Malcolm pursues his passions for astronomy and photography from his home in Prince Edward County, Ontario Canada.Malcolm’s images have been published in various publications such as the Toronto Star newspaper, SkyNews, Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines, and online websites like Spaceweather.com, Global News, the Weathernetwork.com, and NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). Malcolm has contributed still and timelapse astrophotography to the Oasis channel television series Cosmic Vistas and the documentary film StarMen.

Candice Ward

Candice Ward is a freelance sports photographer based out of Calgary, Ab.

Over the past nine years, she has covered a number of sporting events that include the Stanley Cup Playoffs, WHL Playoffs, a number of Grey Cup Championships and more. Candice was also recently named to the CAAWS “Most Influential Women in Sports in Canada” list for the media category for 2016.

Candice’s images have been published in a number of publications around North America and Internationally. She is also currently the team photographer for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) and Calgary Roughnecks (NLL).Candice is a member of the Kehewin Cree Nation born in Bonnyvile. Ab.  In her spare time, she is an active basketball player and loves to spend time with her dog Juno.

Lunch and Learn sponsored by Save-On-Foods

This year’s Lunch and Learn will have two opportunities

A Canada 150 look at the best photographs in the history of  Kitimat and Region

Boating safety tips from Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Unit 63