Welcome to NAPƒS!

Meetings on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Thursdays of the Month. Click for Details

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 presentations with topics of interest to photographers. Club activities are designed to help photographers of all levels grow through active shooting and feedback.

The slideshow on this page includes the winners from the latest month's NAPƒS photo competition. 

Join NAPƒS for $24 yearly dues

Paying members may participate in our monthly photo competitions and have other benefits as shown here.

Not Ready to join yet?

No problem.  You can still stay in the loop with our very low volume email list. Find out about meetings, upcoming field trips and other club activities.  Click below to send email asking to be put on the email list.  Be sure to include your name and email address if it is different from the email address from which you are sending the message.

Join us on social media, too!


Our Facebook group, Instagram, Meetup, and our YouTube channel are all free to join.

The YouTube channel contains the videos of most of our meetings since 2020.

Click on an icon above to go to that social media website.

2024 Winter Pflugerville Library Print Show

The deadline for submissions has passed, but you can see the details for the show at "Competitions > 2024 Winter Pflugerville Library Show Instructions".

Upcoming Meetings

NOTE: the meeting announcements are shown below as soon as they are scheduled. Most meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM CT. We have four types of meetings:

The first Thursday of each month (except December) is the competition meeting where image entries are judged and critiqued.  The deadline for submitting images is shown in the meeting announcement on this page. These meetings are held both in-person and via Zoom.

The third Thursday of each month (except December) is a presentation or workshop. The presenters come from our club, from the photography industry, or from professional photographers. These meetings are held both in-person and via Zoom.

On the months which have five Thursdays, we normally have a social gathering which is not held at our regular meeting location. Check the announcements below for details on these gatherings. These gatherings are in-person only.

We have a Christmas party sometime in December where we share a potluck dinner and awards are made for the photographers of the year and the photograph of the year. This meeting is in-person only.

In-Person Meeting Location

The in-person location is available from the menu at "Organization > In-Person Meeting Location".

Instructions for joining Zoom meetings

These instructions are available from the menu at "Organization > Virtual Meeting Instruction". Zoom is used only for the first and third Thursday meetings.

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 7:00 PM CT - March Competition - Theme is "People and Pet Portraits"

NOTE: The meeting will actually start at 6:30 PM. The time from 6:30 to 7:00 is for socializing with your fellow photographers. The formal meeting starts at 7:00.

MEETING LOCATION: The meeting location is described in "Organization > In-Person Meeting Location".

The instructions on joining the Zoom meeting are at "Organization > Virtual Meeting Instructions". Only competing members can see these instructions. If you would like to attend a virtual meeting but are not a member, please contact a competing member to get the meeting link. 

  • Popular voting is now active.
  • Popular voting ends on Tuesday, March 5 at 5:00 PM
  • The judging and popular results are at the March 7 meeting.

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 7:00 PM CT - Mary Day Long presents "The Year of the Pandemic"

NOTE: The meeting will actually start at 6:30 PM. The time from 6:30 to 7:00 is for socializing with your fellow photographers. The formal meeting starts at 7:00.

MEETING LOCATION: The meeting location is described in "Organization > In-Person Meeting Location".

The instructions on joining the Zoom meeting are at "Organization > Virtual Meeting Instructions". Only competing members can see these instructions. If you would like to attend a virtual meeting but are not a member, please contact a competing member to get the meeting link. 

The following is from Mary describing her presentation:

The pandemic really screwed up my plans. I’d planned all sorts of travel and associated photo projects, but suddenly that was all shelved when we were urged to shelter in place.

So, how to salvage what would likely be a whole year in lockdown?

I’d been working on an occasional series of monochrome infrared shots in the Austin area. My most interesting images so far were usually in fairly isolated outdoor spots—on hiking trails, underpasses, and homeless encampments. To be outdoors, I realized, getting exercise, exploring my city and surrounding areas while avoiding humans and enclosed spaces would actually be a safe and productive way to take a deep dive into my work in infrared landscape.

I decided to make a year-long project of exploring that path. On each of the 365 days, I shot whatever I could get to, more than 34,000 images total, then I boiled them down to one for each day. I call this body of work The Year of the Pandemic.

In this presentation we’ll see some of the images, discuss this project and the exhibition and book that arose from it.

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 Gary Hook 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/ or on this website at "Galleries > Photowalks".

Photowalk: Zilker Botanical Garden, Tuesday, March 12 at 9:00 AM

Zilker Botanical Garden is an Austin highlight, and sometimes they have free days! March 12 is the next free day, so let's take advantage of that by having a ramble.

The garden opens at 9:00 AM, so let's meet then and spend some time wandering about and exploring.

Details about entrance can be found here: https://zilkergarden.org/hours-admissions/. The last section discusses free days; it might be advised to get a "ticket", per their website.

At 11:00 we'll rendezvous and see if there is interest in heading somewhere for lunch as a group.

Zilker Botanical Garden is located off of Barton Springs Rd, next to Zilker Park.

For more information, go to our Meetup page by clicking here.

Additional News and Information

Competition Results

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

Competition History

The following buttons will take you to the history of our photo competition all the way back to the club's origin in 2015.

Meeting History

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", or just click on the button above and select the year.

Meeting topics and speakers for 2023 can be viewed by clicking here. 

Meeting Videos

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

Videos of most of our meetings from 2020 to the present are available on our YouTube channel and on this website at "Organization > News and Information > Meeting Topics > Meeting Recaps".

The chat windows and video event times are available in the "Meeting Recaps" pages but not on YouTube.

To see the latest meeting video, click on the button below:

Photowalk (Meetup) Photos and Announcements

NAPƒS has a Meetup group which organizes outings such as photo walks. Click on the icon above to see the currently scheduled events and to see photos from previous events.

Here are some links to photos taken at previous events:

Downtown Bastrop, 2/17/24
Slide Show or Tiled Images.

Downtown Bartlett, 2/10/24
Slide Show or Tiled Images.


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.

Members' Websites

We have many excellent photographers in our club and many of them have their own websites. To see the links to these websites, go to "Organization > Members' Website Links".

If you're a full member and would like your website's link on this page, please email the Webmaster with a square cover photo which is at least 200x200.

If you already have a link on the page, you can request to change the cover photo, change the link, or remove the link.

We Need Volunteers!

Our club has some excellent volunteers, but we need more in order to keep a healthy, active organization. If you can, please volunteer to help. The current volunteers will be happy to train you in whatever field you choose. Click on the button below to volunteer..

We need help with art shows, membership committee, outings committee, program committee, and competition committee.

And every month (except December) we need three advanced-level judges to judge the basic and intermediate competitions.

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.

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".

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.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

October 4-12, 2024 

Gary Hook organized a trip to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in 2023 and will probably do it again in 2024.

To see his presentation describing the event, his trip proposal, and photos of the fiesta, click here or on the photo.

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".


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". 


Contact Us

General email address:  web@napfs.org -

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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