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.


Reminder: Competition entries must be less than 2 years old!

Except for the January "Oldies" competition, all entries must have been taken within two years of the competition date. If you're using a digital camera, make sure the date is set correctly.

The January "Oldies" competition is the opposite: it requires that photos be more than 2 years old unless you don't have any photos that old.


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, July 18, 2024, 7:00 PM CT - Head Shot Workshop

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".

This will be in-person ONLY; i.e. NO ZOOM. The meeting will NOT be recorded.

This Thursday is a Head Shot clinic. This is an opportunity for all members to have photos created of and for themselves by Bill Bunton, Pat StCin and perhaps Gary Hook.  One set up will be a traditional lighting for a business style headshot.  Another will have non-business style lighting (back light, super soft light, etc).  Please bring at least one change of outfits (maybe a jacket, coat, hat, etc.) so you will have multiple looks to work with after the sessions.  Also, we are photographers, please bring your camera to be included in your photos.  And if you have an idea of how to create a lighting effect please feel free to bring that as well (nothing too crazy).


Thursday, August 1, 2024, 7:00 PM CT - August Competition - Theme is "Macro Photography" 

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. 

  • Entries are open
  • Entries close on Tuesday, July 16 at 11:50PM.
  • Popular voting will start when the entries close.
  • Popular voting ends on Tuesday, July 30 at 5:00 PM.
  • The judging and popular results are at the August 1 meeting.

Thursday, August 15, 2024, 7:00 PM CT -TBD

To get to the July 11 meeting room, park on the left (West) side of the building near the back. Go down the walkway, which is next to a playground, to the door on the West side of the church near the back. Go in the door and follow the hallway until you see a classroom with our club members.

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 August 15 speaker has not been finalized yet. Check back later.

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".

Nothing currently scheduled.


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". A list of all videos and some statistics are available here.

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.

Selected photos from these events are on the Meetup website and on our galleries available at "Galleries > Photowalks"

Here are some links to gallery photos taken at previous events:

Hill Country Water Gardens (6/5/24)
Slide Show or Tiled Images

Pistons on the Square (5/18/25)
Slide Show or Tiled Images

Painted Churches (5/14/24)
Slide Show or Tiled Images 

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.

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 and Check Competition Photos

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

To Check that your photo was properly submitted,

go to "Competitions > Submit Images to a Competition" and select the appropriate competition.

If your entry was properly submitted, you'll see it at the bottom of the page under "Images you entered into the Competition".

 

How to Set or Change Your Competition Level

Instructions for setting your competition level (mainly for new members) or requesting a change to your level are at "Competitions > Setting or Changing Competition Level". New members are not automatically assigned a competition level, but you must be assigned a competition level to submit photos to a competition.

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".

Pƒotographic?

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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