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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.

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)

Terrace photographer Brandon Broderick joins North West Photo Fest lineup

Brandon Broderick was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1986. Most of his time as a child was spent exploring the outdoors which is what lead to his love of the natural world.

After high school, Brandon studied Fish and Wildlife at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario. It was during his second year of college that he discovered an interest in photography. Using a 3.2 megapixel Sony point-and-shoot camera, Brandon captured simple landscape images to use as his personal desktop backgrounds for my computer.

It wasn’t until friends began to ask to use his images as their own desktop backgrounds that he thought photography might be worth pursuing. After graduating college, he purchased a second-hand Canon Rebel 6 megapixel DSLR camera complete with 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses. Since then, he has been learning and practicing new techniques in order to grow as a photographer. Brandon has lived in Terrace for just over 5 years now.

He spends his free time exploring this beautiful part of the province and photographing the all the wildlife and landscapes it has to offer. Brandon will be talking about his adventures in wildlife photography and give participants hints on how to use camera traps.

Colin D. Horabin is the third special guest at North West Photo Fest 2017

Colin Horabin has been a photographer for 40 years. Colin has many ongoing photo projects concerning the environment that he continues to work on, including photographing wildlife, eagles and seabirds. He lives with his family; works and plays in the outdoors of the Sunshine Coast on Canada’s wild west coast. He travels the world photographing and experiencing the worlds cultures, present and past.

Colin has a degree in Photojournalism and has been a member of News Photographers Association of Canada for more than 25 years. He has worked in Germany for a daily newspaper, covering breaking news, politics, sporting and cultural events. His work has appeared in such newspapers as Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Donau-Post, Abendzeitung, Der Neuertag, in Germany and the Vancouver Sun, The Province, and the North Shore News in Canada. His images have been published in many other publications in Germany through the stock agency altro-foto.de to which he is an original contributor. His motto “Live is Life” Opus.

Colin Horabin website is at http://www.chfotos.com/

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.