Category Archives: North West Photo Fest 2018

Photos from the North West Photo Exhibition opening Thursday, August 9, 2018

Photos from the opening reception for the North West Photo Fest exhibition. The Wilderness Around us by northwest local photographers combined with award-winning photos from 2017 from the News Photographers Association of Canada. The Exhibit is at the Kitimat Museum & Archives until September 8, 2018.

Thanks to Bandstra Transportation Systems, the News Photographers Association of Canada and Ali Ledgerwood for making Kitimat part of the NPAC national tour.


Here’s the schedule for the NWPF Festival Weekend

Tickets are
$15 adults, $7.50 students for one day
$25 adults, $10 students for two days

Available via Eventbrite, at the Kitimat Museum & Archives or at the door.

Thursday August 9

Kitimat Museum & Archives – Free
Opening Reception 7:30 pm
The Wilderness Around Us
The Best of Canadian Photojournalism 2017

Saturday August 11

Various locations

Bird photography with Jason Kazuta and Kitimat naturalist Walter Thorne.
Meet at Minette Bay Lodge at 9:30 am on Saturday April 11. Low tide is at 7:56 am. The bird workshop will then go looking for the best site that day.

Camera and Light with Craig Minielly
Meet at Minette Bay Lodge at 9:30 am. Developing a comfort with camera settings and light opportunities can lead to a more enjoyable experience in the field, and more dynamic results in your captures. Items such as exposure modes, optic selections, ISO conditions, aperture / shutter speed relationships and strategies are just some of what we’ll dive into.

Basic Photo Processing with Ab Morrision-Hayward
Kitimat Public Libary 1 pm to 4 pm
This workshop will be about basic photo editing. Using two simple programs, Ab will demonstrate the techniques that I use to edit my photographs and give them a finishing touch.

Sunday August 12

Riverlodge Recreation Centre Activity Room

9 am

Morning Theme: From beginner to skilled amateur to professional
Gear and how to use it for bird, wildlife and landscape photography
Jason Kazuta
Craig Minielly

10:30 Coffee break

10:45 Mike Ambach Some lessons I have learned and ideas about keeping one’s photography practice fresh, creative and challenging.

11:30 Ab Morrison-Hayward Northern Exposure Thoughts on an exhibition

12:15 to 1:30 lunch

Afternoon Theme: Presentations and How I did it.

1:30 Talon Gillis Taking your skills to the next level. How I am learning new things

2:15 Craig Minielly The Unusual Suspects – Tips for expanding visual creativity.

3:00 Coffee Break

3:15 Jason Kazuta Vancouver Wildlife Photography

4:00 Audience How do I do this? QnA with all panelists

5:00 End of Day

See the best of Canadian photojournalism at North West Photo Fest 2018


People are seen behind a projection as they stand on a train platform during Kontinuum, an immersive multimedia production taking place in the bowels of the future Lyon Light Rail Transit station as part of Ottawa 2017’s Canada 150 celebrations, in Ottawa on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

North West Photo Fest   2018 presents a selection of the best of Canadian photojournalism in the year 2017.

The exhibit of these prize winning photographs can be seen, along with the local exhibit, The Wilderness Around Us, at the Kitimat Museum & Archives from August 9 to September 8, 2018.

Join us for the opening reception at the museum, Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

The News Photographers Association of Canada winners of its annual National Pictures of the Year 2017 recognize the excellence represented in submissions by Canada’s outstanding photojournalists whose compelling images collectively represented a spectacular body of work.

Photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration, documentation and ultimately, as instruments of change. Over 2,000 images were submitted for consideration by Canada’s premier photojournalist competition, the National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards. They are a testament to the ideal that photography matters—now more than ever.

Audiences in  Vancouver, Toronto, Saguenay and most recently Duncan, BC. have loved this exhibit. There are plans for the exhibit to travel to Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa as part of their photo festivals.

This exhibit made possible by NPAC, Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd.  and the Kitimat Museum & Archives.

The News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) celebrates and champions quality and ethical photography in journalism. Through a variety of efforts, the association challenges its members to better themselves and to continually raise the bar of industry standards.
From workshops and monthly clip contests, to discussion forums and portfolio critiques, the non-profit and volunteer-run association strives to provide support for its members, both the experienced professional and the student who will become tomorrow’s professional.