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.

Deadline for Exhibit registration extended to July 31

The deadline to register your image and take part in the North West Photo Fest 2018 exhibition has been extended to Tuesday,  July 31.

Some potential registrants had problems downloading the registration form.  The glitch has now been fixed.

The theme for this year’s North West Photo Fest is ‘The Wilderness around Us’, and whether you are a beginner or professional photographer, we invite you to share your photo in a community show.

The North West Photo Fest exhibition runs from Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, September 8, 2018. Sign up by filling out the Call for Entry registration form.  The Deadline to register is  Tuesday, July 31, 2018. There is no entry fee to participate in the photo exhibition.

As everyone today carries a camera from a mobile phone to a professional model, photography is more accessible than ever and can bring people from the Northwest together. Whether you are a beginner or professional photographer, we invite you to share your photo in this community show.

Dinosaurs and Dragons from the North West Photo Fest Toy photography workshop

On Saturday,  July 14, 2018, North West Photo Fest held its first community workshop– toy photography.  Here are some of the images from the workshop.

Pacycephalorsaurus by Robin Rowland

Leia and the Pyramids by Heather Bell

Light at the End of the Tunnel by Walter McFarlane   


Brontosaurus by Robin Rowland

Triceratops by Robin Rowland

Green Dino by Heather Bell

No One Say Moo by Walter McFarlane

On the Bridge by Walter McFarlane


Leia and Keyboard by Heather Bell

Plant Snake Punch by Walter McFarlane

The Photobomber by Walter McFarlane

Watch Your Step by Walter McFarlane