Educating, Inspiring & Motivating Photographers of all Levels

 

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

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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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.

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Member since 2021


Notice: 2023 Club Officers Needed

Some of the current club officers have decided not to run for 2023 office, so we are going to have some vacancies.

In order to maintain a healthy club, we really need to fill these positions with new people. So if you would like to run for a 2023 office, please email the club.

The elections will probably be held in late November or early December.

The Leadership Roles and Responsibilities are described here. To see the specific responsibilities of a position, click on that position below.

The current positions which need to be filled are shown below, but please feel free to volunteer for any position.


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.

Because of some unwanted Zoom bombing, the web page that shows the meeting instructions (i.e. Zoom link) is now accessible only to full club members. If you are not a club member but wish to attend a meeting, please contact a club member to get the link.

NOTICE: In-Person Meetings

Because of the Covid resurgence, we will not hold in-person meetings until it is safe to do so again. Thus, all meetings for the foreseeable future will be Zoom-only.

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


Thursday, October 6, 2022, 7:00 PM CT - Competition

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the Covid resurgence, we will return to Zoom-only competition meetings; i.e. no in-person meetings. We'll return to in-person meetings when it is safe to do so.

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,

  • Competition theme is "Open".
  • Popular voting is now open. Please read the popular voting instructions before voting.
  • Popular voting ends on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 5:00 PM CT.
  • The competition meeting is Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 7:00 PM CT.

Thursday, October 20 - Steve Gotz on the Art of Zoo Photography (Zootography)

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the Covid resurgence, we will return to Zoom-only meetings; i.e. no in-person meetings. We'll return to in-person meetings when it is safe to do so.

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,

Steven calls himself a Zootographer; a photographer specializing in creating photographs that inspire people to visit their local zoos and wildlife parks.

His website is "Art of Zootography"

Steven is a KelbyOne instructor and his course can be see at https://members.kelbyone.com/author/steven_got/ (if you have KelbyOne access).


Thursday, November 3, 2022, 7:00 PM CT - Competition

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the Covid resurgence, we will return to Zoom-only competition meetings; i.e. no in-person meetings. We'll return to in-person meetings when it is safe to do so.

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,

  • Competition theme is "Hands".
  • Submissions will open on October 7 or slightly thereafter.
  • Submission deadline is Tuesday, October 18.
  • Popular voting opens at the submission deadline. Please read the popular voting instructions before voting.
  • Popular voting ends on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 5:00 PM CT.
  • The competition meeting is Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM CT.

Thursday, November 17 - Nothing Scheduled


Sometime in December - Christmas Party?


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 Cat Smith,  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/

Nothing Currently Scheduled



Additional News and Information

Competition Results

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

Competition & Speaker 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 2022 can be viewed by clicking here. 

Interclub Competition

NAPfS is now competing against other international photo clubs. Our members are encouraged to submit photos to this competition.

Information about the latest submission process is in the notice at the top of this page.

More information about the competition is available at "Competitions > PSA Interclub Competition > Interclub Information".

The latest results and standings are available at "Competitions > PSA Interclub Competition >2021-2022 Entries and Results".

YouTube     

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

The September 15 meeting was an excellent presentaation by Stephen Brkich on his Yukon adventure.

The video is available at "Organization > News and Information > Meeting Topics > Meeting Recaps > Recap - September 15, 2022 - Stephen Brkich on His Yukon Adventure".

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.

NAPfS Photos at Williamson County Courthouse Jester Annex

Plan to view the NAPfS framed print art show at the Williamson County Courthouse Jester Annex before it closes on August 30th. The Jester Annex is at 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd. Map. Thank you Jose Rios, Exhibit Coordinator, all members who submitted images, and volunteers who helped set up the show.

The Exhibit is sponsored by Round Rock Arts.

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".

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". 

 

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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