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.
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
In-Person meetings are starting again with the April competition meeting. The plan is to have the competition meetings in -person; these meetings, are held on the first Thursday of every month except December,
The In-Person Meeting Location is: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX. 78727 – MAP; However, this location might change soon, so please check this page before going to a meeting.
The "Third-Thursday" meetings will continue to be held via Zoom only for the foreseeable future.
Instructions for joining online meetings are available from the menu at "Organization > Virtual Meeting Instruction".
Thursday, July 7, 2022, 7:00 PM CT - Competition
PLEASE NOTE: Our normal meeting place, the United Christian Church, is not available on July 7, so one of the following alternatives will happen. Check back here before the meeting to see which of these will happen:
- Change of meeting location
- Change of meeting time
- Zoom-only meeting
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 "Rainbow".
- Popular voting is now open. Please read the popular voting instructions before voting.
- Popular voting ends on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 5:00 PM CT.
- The competition meeting is Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM CT.
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/
To commemorate the launch of the SpaceX Inspiration4 launch on September 15, 2021, we'll create an image with four photos, each representing the "pillar" that each person on the four-person crew represented, supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: leadership, hope, generosity, and prosperity.
*This event was originally planned for May 28th, but since we haven't had any rain, there is no water for the creek or waterfall, so moving date to September 24th in hopes we get water by then.
PHOTO HIKE from 9:00 to probably about 10:30
LOCATION: Walnut Creek Trail at Balconies District Park
ADDRESS: 12017 Amherst Dr., Austin, TX 78759
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.
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 Juried “People” Photography Show
Where - West Pecan Coffee + Beer
When - November 16th to January 16th 2022
Click here for more information.
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.
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".