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  http://www.photopark.ca/

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 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.

CBC.ca 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.

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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North West Photo Fest 2016 – Workshops and seminars

Terrace. BC, photographer Talon Gillis, describes the challenges of environmental portriature in a small town at the 2016 North West Photo Fest in Kitimat, August 6, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
Terrace. BC, photographer Talon Gillis, describes the challenges of environmental portriature in a small town at the 2016 North West Photo Fest in Kitimat, August 6, 2016. (Robin Rowland)

Kitimat. BC, held the second annual North West Photo Fest on the weekend of August 5 and 6, 2016, a celebration of photography in Northwestern British Columbia.

North West Photo Fest 2016 poster.
North West Photo Fest 2016 poster.

In 2015, The Kitimat Museum & Archives held a successful exhibit, “Local Lens” that featured the work of photographers in Kitimat. As summer visitors viewed the photos at the museum gallery, Kitimat’s photographers and their friends and supporters began to meet to plan an expanded photo festival that would celebrate all aspects of photography in the northwest, nature, industrial, photo journalism, portraiture, fine art and street photography.

For the 2016 exhibit, invitations were sent across the north west and photographers from Haida Gwaii, to Prince Rupert and Kitimat and on to Telkwa entered images.

Preparing to hang the pictures at the Kitimat Museum & Archives. (Robin Rowland)
Preparing to hang the pictures at the Kitimat Museum & Archives. (Robin Rowland)
Preparing to hang the pictures at the Kitimat Museum & Archives. (Robin Rowland)
Preparing to hang the pictures at the Kitimat Museum & Archives. (Robin Rowland)
The opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
The opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
Visitors line up to see the photo s at the opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
Visitors line up to see the photo s at the opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)

 

 

Guest speakers Paul Colangelo and Andy Clark look at museum exhibits during the opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
Guest speakers Paul Colangelo and Andy Clark look at museum exhibits during the opening of the North West Photo Fest exhibit at the Kitimat Museum & Archives, August 5, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
North West Photo Fest
North West Photo Fest

The exhibit runs from August 5 to August 27m 2016.

Viewers at the North West Photo Fest exhibit opening. (Robin Rowland)
Viewers at the North West Photo Fest exhibit opening. (Robin Rowland)

The seminars and workshops were held at Riverlodge Recreation Centre on Saturday. August 6, 2016.

North West Photo Fest program book.
North West Photo Fest program book.

Download  Photofest Program 2016 –

Talon Gillis and Doug Keech discuss the challenges of portraits in a small town at North West Photo Fest. ( Robin Rowland)
Talon Gillis and Doug Keech discuss the challenges of portraits in a small town at North West Photo Fest. ( Robin Rowland)
Walter Thorne of the Kitimat Valley Naturalists talks about observing and photographing birds at North West Photo Fest. (Robin Rowland)
Walter Thorne of the Kitimat Valley Naturalists talks about observing and photographing birds at North West Photo Fest. (Robin Rowland)

 

Darlene Tait won the grand door prize, a large Nanuk outdoor case. (Walter McFarlane)
Darlene Tait won the grand door prize, a large Nanuk outdoor case. (Walter McFarlane)

 

Journalist Walter McFarlane won a Nanuk case at the North West Photo Fest. (Robin Rowland)
Journalist Walter McFarlane won a  watertight Nanuk case at the North West Photo Fest. (Robin Rowland)
Tawnia Penson won $100 worth of processing from Vancouver's Photo Experts. while Ali Ledgerwood and Robin Rowland prepare to draw the grand door prize. (Walter McFarlane)
Tawnia Penson won $100 worth of processing from Vancouver’s Photo Expert. while consultant Ali Ledgerwood and co-chair Robin Rowland work in the background. (Walter McFarlane)
Ruth Mills of the Minette Bay Lodge was host for the post workshop barbecue. (Robin Rowland)
Ruth Mills of the Minette Bay Lodge was host for the post workshop barbecue. (Robin Rowland)

 

Dusk at the creek at the Minette Bay Lodge taken during an after dinner walk . (Robin Rowland)
Dusk at the creek at the Minette Bay Lodge taken during an after dinner walk . (Robin Rowland)

 

Other donations of door prizes came from Beau Photo, Burke Mountain Leather, Canon, News Photographers Association of Canada, Nikon, Love Kitimat and Kitimat Museum & Archives. Thanks for their generous donations!

North West Photo Fest Douglas Channel tour 2016

The early morning sun shines down on Coste Rocks, a small provincial park in Douglas Channel near Kitimat, August 7, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
The early morning sun shines down on Coste Rocks, a small provincial park in Douglas Channel near Kitimat, August 7, 2016. (Robin Rowland)

 

On the morning of August 7, North West Photo Fest took out our out-of-town special guests, Andy Clark, Paul Colangelo and Ali Ledgerwood on a tour of upper Douglas Channel, including the Kitimat Arm, Coste Rocks, Jesse Falls and the Kildala Arm, including the Dala and Kildala estuaries.

Our host was Rick Thompson, proprietor of the floating Tookus Inn.

A seal crawls on to one of the smaller Coste Rocks with the mountains and Douglas Channel in the background. (Robin Rowland)
A seal crawls on to one of the smaller Coste Rocks with the mountains and Douglas Channel in the background. (Robin Rowland)
A bald eagle skims over the tangled roots of driftwood in the Kildala River estuary. (Robin Rowland)
A bald eagle skims over the tangled roots of driftwood in the Kildala River estuary. (Robin Rowland)

 

Photographer Andy Clark on board the North West Photo Fest Douglas Channel tour. (Robin Rowland)
Photographer Andy Clark  on board Rick Thompson’s Hourston 26 foot sportsfisher, The Only Way,  during the North West Photo Fest Douglas Channel tour. (Robin Rowland)

 

Andy Clark watches as Paul Colangelo shoots as we approach Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)
Andy Clark watches as Paul Colangelo shoots as we approach Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)

 

Ali Ledgerwood enjoys the view as we leave Coste Rocks for Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)
Ali Ledgerwood enjoys the view from The Only Way as we leave Coste Rocks for Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)
Paul Colangelo on board the xxxxx (Robin Rowland)
Paul Colangelo on board The Only Way. (Robin Rowland)

 

Andy Clark, Paul Colangelo, Robin Rowland and Ali Ledgerwood at Jesse Falls. (Rick Thompson)
Andy Clark, Paul Colangelo, Robin Rowland and Ali Ledgerwood at Jesse Falls. (Rick Thompson)

 

A black bear mother and her cub on the shores of the Kildala estuary, (Robin Rowland)
A black bear mother and her cub on the shores of the Kildala estuary, (Robin Rowland)

 

A loon in the waters of the Kildala Arm (Robin Rowland)
A loon in the waters of the Kildala Arm (Robin Rowland)

 

A great blue heron lands on a tree near the Kildala estuary. (Robin Rowland)
A great blue heron lands on a tree near the Kildala estuary. (Robin Rowland)

 

Pigeon Guillemots line the top of Coste Rocks. (Robin Rowland)
Pigeon Guillemots line the top of Coste Rocks. (Robin Rowland)

Harbour seals regard a passing boat from the edge of Coste Rocks. (Robin Rowland) Harbour seal

Northwestern British Columbia's celebration of photography, Kitimat, BC