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.

Update

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.

Thanks

Robin Rowland
President
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)

North West Photo Fest opening reception August 11, 2017

Welcome to North West Photo Fest 2017. (Louise Avery)

The opening reception for North West Photo Fest at the Kitimat Museum and Archives on the evening of August 11, 2017.

The opening reception (Robin Rowland)
Some of the guest speakers at North West Photo Fest, left to right, Colin Horabin, Jay Gough, Malcolm Park and Andy Clark . (Robin Rowland)
Jim Thorne looks at some of the entries at the Kitimat Museum & Archives (Robin Rowland)
Museum curator Louise Avery with some of those attending the reception, (Robin Rowland)
Ab Morrison-Hayward looks at one of the entries. (Robin Rowland()
Jim Thorne talks to others who gathered for the North West Photo Fest opening reception. (Robin Rowland)

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

North West Photo Fest

Photo walks and Workshops Saturday August 12 and Sunday, August 13,

These photo walks and workshops are designed to be fun opportunities for photographers of all skill levels.

Note this list is still being finalized. The walks and workshops are still going ahead but may be subject to last minute changes due to weather or availability of photographers or guides. Please check back on this blog page for any updates.

Saturday August 12.

Astrophotography. Perseid Meteor Shower with Malcolm Park

Dusk Minette Bay Lodge (after the barbecue)

For more information about the Perseids see

Space.com August 2017 Brings Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower originates in the northeastern sky and streak toward the south and west.
If conditions are good, photographers should be able to see the meteors over Kitimat Harbour as the Milky Way rises in the south over Douglas Channel.

Sunday August 13 Photo walks

Most photo walks will go from about 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

Note: Low tide on Sunday August 13 is at 12:35 pm. Low tide is one of the best times to photograph birds.

Beginner photo walk Pine Creek Trail with Andy Clark. Easy hike so beginners can take their time to take photographs and learn techniques.

Intermediate photo walk. North Cove Trail with Jim Thorne. Moderate hike. A little more challenging photographs.

Birds at Kitimat Dump. With Colin Horabin.

Colin has been photographing birds at dumps as part of a project for a number of years, so this is a chance to put into practice what he will speak about at his Saturday seminar at Riverlodge. All skill levels.

Long lens workshop at Kitamaat Village with Jay Gough.

Take advantage of Jay Gough from Nikon’s expertise on long lenses from an ideal bird photography location at Kitamaat Village. This may be followed by other photo opportunities at the village with a guide from the Haisla Nation (details are still being arranged). All skill levels.

Lakelse Lake photo walk with Brandon Broderick. Aimed mainly for residents of Terrace, this photo walk is a relaxing morning aimed at all skill levels.

 

CANCELLED Sunday August 13. Basketball photography workshop

with Candice Ward at Riverlodge gym

9 am to 12 pm. All skill levels.

Learn to improve your basketball photography skills with sports photographer Candice Ward.


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

Join us Saturday, August 12 for a full day of exciting and fun workshops and seminars, including talks by our special guests.
So you don’t have to leave Riverlodge, Save-on-Foods will be be providing lunch for the Lunch ‘n’ Learn.

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

 

 

 

 

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