Educating, Inspiring & Motivating Photographers of all Levels
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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Member since 2021
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.
NOTICE: In-Person Meetings
The club hopes to resume in-person meetings soon, perhaps as soon as September, but the Covid guideline needs to drop to at least stage 2 and probably stage 1 first. Please check back here for up-to-date information.
When we resume meeting in-person, we'll still try to have an online presence via Zoom and/or live streaming.
The In-Person Meeting Location is: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX. 78727 – MAP
Instructions for joining online meetings are available from the menu at "Organization > Virtual Meeting Instruction".
Thursday, August 5, 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". Check back here before the meeting starts to get information on the meeting format.
- Competition theme is "Open".
- Submissions are now closed.
- Popular voting is now open. Please read the popular voting instructions before voting.
- Popular voting ends on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 5:00 PM CST.
- The competition meeting is Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 7:00 PM CST.
Thursday, September 2, 2021, 7:00 PM CDT - Competition
There is a possibility that this might be an in-person meeting.. If it is, we will try to also have a Zoom connection for those people who cannot make it to the meeting. If we cannot have an in-person meeting, this will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom. The instructions on joining the virtual meeting are at "Organization > Virtual Meeting Instructions". Check back here before the meeting starts to get information on the meeting format.
- Competition theme is "The Blues".
- Submissions start on Friday, August 6 at 12;00 AM
- Submission deadline is Tuesday, August 17 at 11:59 PM
- Popular voting starts at the submission deadline. Please read the popular voting instructions before voting.
- Popular voting ends on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 5:00 PM CST.
- The competition meeting is Thursday, September 2, 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 no meetup events scheduled at this time.
Additional News and Information
Jester Art Show
Patti Michell is coordinating this art show which will be held from July 13, 2021 to September 13, 2021 at the Williamson County Courthouse Jester Annex.
Come and see NAPfS members' prints which they chose themselves. There will be somewhere between 40 to 60 prints.
The address is 1801 Old Settler's Blvd, Round Rock, TX. Here is a link to the MAP.
For more information, go to "Organization > News and Information > Special Events > Jester Art Show (View)"
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".
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.
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".
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".
General email address: email@example.com
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.