Educating, Inspiring & Motivating Photographers of all Levels

 

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Welcome to NAPfS!

The North Austin Pƒotographic Society is an inclusive, north Austin photo club dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating its members through frequent face-to-face activities at regular club meetings. The club is open to photographers of all levels from true beginners (no camera required) to professionals. Through regular meetings, NAPƒS builds a community of active photographers, practicing their love for all types of photography. NAPƒS members share their passion and skills through presenting their work at meetings, participating in monthly competitions with live critiques, and exhibiting their work at our socials. We offer monthly hands-on workshops from area professionals, as well as national level celebrity photographers. Club activities are designed to help photographers of all levels grow through active shooting and feedback.  

Our original website is https://napfs.club/. It is still active, but all new activities are handled on this site (napfs.org) as of January 15, 2020.


Join NAPfS for $24 yearly dues

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CALL FOR ART

NAPfS Juried “SPRING” Photography Show

Where - Three Legged Goat, A Texas Wine Bar
               200 W. Pecan Street, Pflugerville, TX
When - June 1 to June 30
Theme: "Spring"

There will be an Opening Reception on June 5 from 5pm to 8pm. Snacks provided, and drinks are available from Three Legged Goat.

All NAPfS members are eligible to enter up to 2 photographs. The theme for the show is “Spring”.

Deadline for submissions is May 17 at 8pm. This will give winners at least 10 days to print and frame their images. A total of 16 pieces will be selected. 

The judges are Josh Baker, Ed Peet, and Allen Irby. Winners will be announced May 19. 

Winning artwork needs to be delivered to Three Legged Goat at 200 W Pecan Street in Pflugerville on June 1 between 5pm and 8pm. Hanging will start promptly at 5pm. The show closes on June 30 with pick up of work between 5pm and 8pm.

Photographs need to be framed and matted and are required to have a hanging wire on the back of the frame. Canvas photographs with a wire hanger are also allowed. (Please make sure that wires are not visible from the front.) Maximum frame size is 18” x 24” - vertical or horizontal format. Sales of any print will be handled by Three Legged Goat, who will take a 20% commission. Any prints sold MAY be removed from the show immediately, at the buyer’s discretion.

How to Enter

Entries are now being accepted. To enter your photos, go to "Competitions > Submit Images to a Competition", select the "Spring (Three Legged Goat Exhibition)" competition. Then enter your photos as you would normally do for the monthly competition.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Allen Irby or Josh Baker through the club’s webpage email.


Website Hosting Change

Some of you may have noticed some low bandwidth problems on our website. Visual Pursuits is aware of the problem and sent us the following message on April 27, 2021.

We have been experiencing performance degradation on our website server as more organizations have started using our Visual Pursuits service. Traffic has increased and more organizations are using larger image files. This has slowed transmission speeds and our service at times has been slower than desired.

To address this issue, we will be moving our hosting to the Microsoft Azure cloud. In that environment we can use more powerful servers with faster Internet connections. In addition, we expect to create a second hosting location in Australia to service customers in that region.

There are some technical challenges we need to overcome before we can make this switch. We are hopeful that these issues can be resolved in the next couple of months to allow a smooth transition. There will likely be some outages related to the switch, which we will try to minimize.

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If you have a custom domain name for your organization, it will be important to have your domain name properly configured using a CNAME record. We will be contacting all affected organizations in a separate message if your organization is affected. If your domain name is properly configured, you will have minimal disruption when we switch servers.

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We have a custom domain name ("napfs.org"), so we'll need to update our DNS (Domain Name System) setting (i.e. CNAME) when Visual Pursuits changes the website host.

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Upcoming Meetings

NOTE: the meeting announcements can be accessed from the menu at "Organization > News and Information > Meeting Topics", then select the type of meeting and the meeting title.  All meetings are on Thursday unless otherwise noted. 

The first Thursday of each month (except December) is the competition meeting where image entries are judged and critiqued.  The deadline for submitting images to the competitions is 11:59 PM on the Saturday before the competition meeting.

Instructions for joining online meetings are available from the menu at "Organization > Virtual Meeting Instruction".

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00 PM CDT - Laszlo Perlaky and Lexi Nemeth Present "Through the Rockies to Alaska"

This will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom. The instructions on joining the virtual meeting are at "Organization > Virtual Meeting Instructions".

Laszlo as a photographic artist, always dreamed about to see, to feel, to touch, to hear and photograph the untouched remote areas of the far North. His dream came to reality when he and his wife retired end of June 2019, and they made their own 3 months long expedition through the Rockies to Northern Rockies and through Yukon Territories to Alaska.  During their epic journey, they photographed along the Yukon’s Dempster Highway, went through the Top of the World Highway to Alaska and from Fairbanks up far North to the Arctic Wildlife Refuge at the Brooks Range. They camped at the Arctic Circle and visited many beautiful regions in Alaska and came back through British Columbia to North Cascade and the Oregon Coast. Laszlo will present the highlights of their 15 thousand mile trip and will illustrate it with his outstanding nature photography.

Laszlo's web site is http://www.naturalperlart.com/


Thursday, June 3, 2021, 7:00 PM CDT - Competition

This will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom. The instructions on joining the virtual meeting are at "Organization > Virtual Meeting Instructions".

  • Competition theme is "Open".
  • Submissions are now being accepted.
  • Deadline for submission is Tuesday, May 18 at 11:59 PM. IMPORTANT: This applies to all levels: basic, intermediate, and advanced.
  • Popular voting starts at submission deadline. Please read the popular voting instructions before voting.
  • Popular voting ends on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM CST.
  • The competition meeting is Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM CST.

Upcoming Meetup Events

Meetup.com is a site that coordinates events in which its members might be interested.  The NAPfS group will have many events, such as photowalks, photo outings, photo trips, etc.  Some events are free; others are not. If you're interested in this type of thing, please join our meetup group at https://www.meetup.com/napfs-outings. It's free to join.  Go to the website to see all upcoming and past events. You can post photos and see photos of the events. Virtual events are included whereby participants can participate from home.

If you'd like to host a Meetup event, please contact Allen Irby or Ed Peet and they will make you an organizer.

Photos from past Meetup events can be seen at https://www.meetup.com/napfs-outings/photos/

There are currently no Meetup events scheduled.


Additional News and Information

Competition Results

Click on a button below to see the competition winners and some statistics.

Volunteers Needed for Officer Positions!

Seven of the nine 2021 officer positions were filled with the recent NAPfS officer elections, but the positions of Program Coordinator and Art Show Coordinator had no volunteers.

If you're interested in serving as one of these officers, please contact Josh Baker or Patti Mitchell or send email to the club's email address.

The requirements for these officer positions are described at "Organization > About NAPfS > Leadership Roles and Responsibilities".

The current and past officers are listed at "Organization > About NAPfS > Leadership Team".

 

YouTube     

NAPfS has a YouTube Channel. Click on the icon above to see it.

The May 6 meeting was a competition with theme "Iconic Texas".

The video is available at "Organization > News and Information > Meeting Topics > Meeting Recaps > Recap - May 6, 2021 Competition Meeting". This page also contains the chat window from the meeting.

Instagram

Every month, starting on the day after the competition meeting, the winning images are posted to Instagram at the rate of one winner per day.  The first image will be from the basic group and the final image will be from the advanced group.  If you'd like to see how your winning photos are received by the "general public", please visit our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/napfs.club. If you're an Instagram member, you can start following napfs.club; Besides the winning photos, notices about upcoming competitions and meetings and other important notices are posted.

 

Popular Voting Instructions

All full NAPfS members can vote on the competition entries starting at the competition deadline and ending two hours before the competition meeting.

To read the instructions for popular voting, go to "Organization > News and Information", click on the triangle to the left of "Information", then click on "View" next to "Popular Voting Instructions".

Or just click here.

Instructions for Viewing All Competition Critiques

For instructions on viewing the competition entry critiques, go to "Organization > News and Information", click on the triangle to the left of "Information", then click on "View" next to "Instructions on Viewing Competition Critiques".

Or just click here.

Competition Points Standings

The competition points earned by each competitor are shown on "Competitions > Competition Points Standings".

The explanation of the points is on "Competitions > Competition Rules"

How to Submit Competition Photos

Instructions for submitting photos to our monthly competition are at "Competitions > Instructions on Entering Competitions".

How to Change Your Competition Level

Instructions for requesting a change to your competition level are at "Competitions > Setting or Changing Competition Level".

Past Events

These pages include links to meeting announcements, recaps (including videos), competition results, judges and speakers.

The past events pages are at "Organization > About NAPfS > Past Speakers and Judges".

Past events for 2021 can be viewed by clicking here.

Past events for 2015-2020 can be viewed by clicking here and selecting the desired year.

Explanation of Competition Awards

First, Second, Third Place, and Honorable Mention awards come from the judges. These awards count toward the December “Photographer of the Year” awards.  See “ Competition > Competition Rules”  for the explanation of how the points are calculated.  The images which win these awards are posted to Instagram at the rate of one-per-day starting the day after the competition.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze metals come from the Popular Vote. These awards do not count toward the December awards.  Gold, silver, and bronze metals are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places respectively in the popular voting.

Comments, Questions, Concerns?

Do you have questions for the NAPfS members or officers?  Do you have comments or concerns that you'd like to share with the other members?

There is a forum topic that is used for this purpose. 

Go to "Organization > Discussion Forums" and select "View Topics" under "NAPfS General Comments, Questions, Concerns". You can add a new topic or add a post to an existing topic in this forum.

If you're interested in this sort of thing, even if you don't have anything to post, subscribe to the forum by clicking on the "Subscriptions" button on the right side of the "NAPfS General Comments, Questions, Concerns".

Pfotographic?

Why do we use "Pfotographic" instead of "Photographic"?  Because the club was founded in Pflugerville, Texas, which is just north of Austin.  The club history is available from the menu at "Organization > About NAPfS > Club History". 

 

American-Statesman NAPfS Article

Read Ariana Garcia's article about NAPfS which appeared in the Pflugerville Pflag newspaper and the Austin American Statesman newspaper.


Contact Us

General email address:  web@napfs.club

A better way to send email is at "Organization > Send E-mail to Members" where you can direct email to specific people or specific groups of people; e.g. officers, competition managers, website administrators, etc.


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