North West Photo Fest 2017 January 15 update

It’s time to start thinking about the warm summer days of mid-August and North West Photo Fest 2017.

We know from the evaluation forms that participants wanted more hands on workshops as well as talks from guest speakers. We are also exploring the possibility of photo walks and even tours around the festival time.

We’re looking for detailed input and suggestions for the 2017 Photo Festival. So please consider these questions. You can respond by e-mail.

Remember that this is only the third year for the Photo Festival and our budget is still limited.

1. The registration fee for 2016 was a nominal $25. which included the lunch. We are thinking of raising the registration fee to at least $75 this year. Festivals with workshops similar to North West Photo Fest  usually charge between $350 to $900 for full participation over a Friday to Sunday schedule. What registration fee would be best for 2017 if it included talks at Riverlodge, workshops and local photo walks from Friday August 11 to Sunday August 13?
2. Do you have any suggestions for special guest speakers? We are able to pay for distinguished guests’ transportation, expenses, accommodation and meals. In 2016, our out of town guests waived  any speakers’ fees. We would like to be able to pay at least an honorarium for distinguished speakers this year, but that will depend on our fund raising efforts.
3. Workshops: What kind of hands on workshops would you like to see at the Festival in 2017?
4. Workshops: If you are a local photographer, amateur, semi-professional or professional in northwest BC, would you like to conduct a workshop? If so please email what you would plan to do, how many people it would involve, and your level of expertise and teaching experience.
5. If we conducted short photo walks near Riverlodge or around the District of Kitimat, what would you want to do?
6. Should the Photo Festival have community activities in Kitimat this year? What kind?
7. Part of our long term plan is to hold photo tours down Douglas Channel. Would you participate in this kind of event? Knowing that recreational fishers pay up to a $1000 a day for a Douglas Channel expedition how much would you be willing to pay to participate in a tour of five to ten people, depending on availability of a boat at the height of the fishing season?

Professional photographers in British Columbia, Yukon, Alaska, Alberta or Washington who have experience in conducting workshops or photo tours and would like to participate, knowing we are on a limited budget for our first years, please contact us by e-mail.

We are also looking for support from business in the community. If your business would like to be a sponsor of North West Photo Fest or you know a business that would like to sponsor the Photo Festival contact us by email.

We will need volunteers to make it happen, whether the volunteers are working from now until August for the festival, or if the volunteers can offer specific, short term assistance, all are welcome. We need volunteers to help with fundraising, promotion and logistics to take some of the burden off the steering committee. If we want to expand to have more community activities we also need more volunteers.
We already have one exciting special guest lined up for the weekend and we are talking more prospective guests. We will announce the special guest list as soon as we have confirmation that they can attend.

The Photo Exhibit Canada 150

The photo exhibit this year will focus on the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday while at the same time remaining true to our themes of celebrating the British Columbia northwest and honouring small town life. So start thinking of images you could submit. To participate in the North West Photo Fest exhibit you must be a resident of the BC northwest (roughly within the boundaries of the Skeena Bulkley Valley federal riding).


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Robin Rowland