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North West Photo Fest update and planning meeting February 15, 2018

You’re invited to an update and planning meeting for North West Photo Fest 2018, at the Kitimat Museum and Archives at 7:30 pm on Thursday, February 15,  2018.


North West Photo Fest Society

As of January 1, North West Photo Fest is now a society under the British Columbia Society Act.

As a Society we can now open up our planning for the 2018 and future festivals to our supporters in Kitimat, Terrace and across the northwest.

For the past three years the Kitimat Museum and Archives have been handling our finances. After three years of success, the festival is now an independent society, which will make us eligible for more financing support from the federal and provincial governments as well as from the private sector.

Now that we are formal Society, we will need members for our board of directors, especially a society treasurer and society secretary as well as additional volunteer directors.  I know many Kitimat residents have multiple commitments, but if the festival is to grow to support regional photographers and to promote tourism in the Kitimat region, we need directors and volunteers to help us put the festival on during the weekend of August 10 to 12, 2018.

Theme 2018 The Wilderness Around Us.

Our theme for 2018 is The Wilderness Around Us. The festival’s aim this year to bring to together the people of the northwest region and emphasize the experience of residents where everyone carries a camera from a mobile phone to a professional model and can photograph the wilderness on a daily basis.

Agenda for the meeting

1. Update on the North West Photo Fest Society, brief explanation of constitution, bylaws and membership requirements. Request for volunteers for board of directors
2. Call for volunteers to help with  planning and mounting the  festival in July and August.
3. Call for suggestions for programming, workshops and photo walks or photo adventures.
4. Call for suggestions to engage northwest BC residents.
5. Call for suggestions to promote tourism in the Kitimat region through the photo festival.
6. Any other suggestions.


Robin Rowland
North West Photo Festival Society

North West Photo Fest seminars August 12, 2017

The North West Photo Fest Saturday seminars at River Lodge, August 12, 2017

 The seminars begin

The seminars begin. (Louise Avery)

Andy Clark on how to tell stories with pictures. (Robin Rowland)

Candice Ward talking about the importance of personal projects in photography. (Robin Rowland)

Brandon Broderick discussing nature photography, camera traps and tracking wolves. (Robin Rowland)

Malcolm Park’s seminar on astrophotography was one of the most popular (Robin Rowland)


Checking out gear during a break. Malcolm Park, Jay Gough, Ali Ledgerwood and Candice Ward. (Robin Rowland)

Ali Ledgerwood checks out the lunch provided by Save-on-Foods (Louise Avery)


Sarah Ducharme of the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative at the whale information booth.  (Louise Avery)

Duncan Peacock of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Unit 63, Kitimat, “Snowflake Responder,” talked about marine safety, hypothermia and search and rescue. (Robin Rowland)

Dwight Magee’s seminar on heavy industrial photography included shooting from a helicopter on a mountain peak while workers suspended high voltage hydro lines across at valley (Robin Rowland)


Robin Rowland trying on some of the heavy personal protective equipment at Dwight Magee’s industrial photography seminar (Ali Ledgerwood)


Jay Gough from Nikon described the basic techniques for wildlife photography as well demonstrating equipment. (Robin Rowland)

Jay Gough from Nikon talking about the proper stance when using a long lens (Robin Rowland)

Liz and Jim Thorne gave a Canada 150 visual history of  the Kitimat Valley presentation. (Robin Rowland)

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

Here’s the lineup for Saturday August 12

Tickets available from Eventbrite online

or in person at the Kitimat Museum and Archives

$70 for adults $40 for students

8:00 am Registration opens at Riverlodge in Kitimat

9:00 am Welcome

Joanne Monaghan Room

9:15 am 

Andy Clark Telling Stories with Pictures

Joanne Monaghan Room

Malcolm Park Astrophotography 

Activity Room

10:45 am  Coffee and Door Prizes

11:00 am 

Candice Ward Sports Photography 

Joanne Monaghan Room

Dwight Magee Life of an Industrial Photographer

Activity Room

12:00 pm

Lunch and Learn – Sponsored by Save-On-Foods.

(Lunch provided by Save-on-Foods)

Duncan Peacock Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue: Safety on the Ocean 

Joanne Monaghan Room

Walter Thorne  Canada 150 – A Pictorial History of the Kitimat Region 
Jim Thorne will substitute for Walter Thorne who is now unavailable for that time.

Activity Room

1:15 pm

Brandon Broderick Backcountry Photography ‘

Joanne Monaghan Room

Colin Horabin Culture and Nature Photography

Activity Room

2:00 pm

Coffee and Door Prizes

2:10 pm 

Practical Questions and Answers

For those who have questions about their cameras and
photography, our guests and local experts will answer
your questions: Andy Clark, Candice Ward, Dwight Magee,
Malcolm Park and Robin Rowland.

Activity Room

Jay Gough  Nikon Long Lens Wildlife and Nature Photography

Joanne Monaghan Room

4:00 pm

Coffee and Door Prizes

4:15 pm

Panel on Wildlife, Nature and Outdoor Photography:

Brandon Broderick, Colin Horabin, Jay Gough and

Malcolm Park

Johanne Monaghan Room

5:15 pm

Final Door Prizes and Wrap-up for the day

Johanne Monaghan Room

7:30 pm

Barbeque (BBQ ticket required)

Minette Bay Lodge


Here’s the lineup for the North West Photo Fest photo walks and practical workshops on the evening of Saturday, August 12 and the morning of Saturday, August 13.

Download the 2017 seminar program (pdf)

Photofest Program 2017web





Andy Clark returns as speaker for North West Photo Fest 2017

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.

Nikon’s Wildlife and Birding Basics – North West Photo Fest 2017 – How to get the shot. The first time, and every time.

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

Join Jay Gough, BC Professional Services and Tech Sales Representative from Nikon Canada, for 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.

You will be in one of the most spectacular locations on earth for long lens photography, and as an added bonus; Jay will bring some of Nikon’s best long lenses and wildlife focused bodies, for you to try during the second part of the workshop series.

You do not have to be a Nikon, or even a DSLR shooter to join this workshop. The tips, tricks and techniques will benefit almost everybody with the will to learn. If you’re going to try a camera please bring your own memory cards.

We’re confident that you will come away with new skills, and new confidence in your abilities as a wildlife photographer. The next time you have wildlife in your viewfinder, you’ll come away with a photograph you can be proud of.

Astrophotographer Malcolm Park is our first guest speaker at North West Photo Fest

This year  North West Photo Fest coincides with the Perseid Meteor Shower  which peaks every year between August 11 and August 14.

So we’ve invited Malcolm Park to be one of guest speakers for North West Photo Fest 2017. You can see some of his work,  including astrophotography,  at his website

Malcolm Park 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.

The Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) photographed by Malcolm Park in Cerro Pachon, Chile, March 2017. (Malcolm Park)

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, Global News, the, 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. interview with Malcolm Park about shooting meteor showers:

Geminid meteor shower: How to watch the last big show of the year

Malcolm Park will be giving a talk about astrophotography and conducting an overnight astrophotography workshop. We’ll post details as planning for North West Photo Fest 2017 is firmed up.