Executives

AMBER BRACKEN: NPAC President – president@npac.ca

Amber Bracken is a freelance photojournalist based in Edmonton, Alberta. Born and bred in Alberta, she grew up in Red Deer and studied photojournalism at SAIT in Calgary.

After a 2008 internship at the Edmonton Sun, Amber became a staff photographer. She covered everything including the Slave Lake fires, federal elections, the Grey Cup, the deadly Big Valley Jamboree stage collapse, and all of the life in between.

Amber started her freelance career in 2014 and became a member of the Rogue Collective. She has since worked with clients like The Globe an Mail, Reuters, Maclean’s Magazine, The Canadian Press, Postmedia and Canadian Geographic.

Her interest is in the intersection of photography, journalism and public service. She will always look for ways to help people through photography both professionally and in her personal work.



BEN NELMS: NPAC Vice President – vice-president@npac.ca

Ben Nelms is a photojournalist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born and raised in the heart of the prairies in Edmonton, Alberta, and studied photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario.

After graduating from Loyalist, Ben took a leap into freelance photojournalism and has since worked for such clients as National Post, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, Macleans, Sports Illustrated and Canadian Geographic.

In late 2010, Ben moved to Vancouver to work as a stringer for Reuters News Agency. He also continues to freelance for other clients.

Ben is deeply passionate about the power of visual storytelling through photographs. When not photographing daily editorial assignments, Ben’s intense curiosity leads him to continually seek out and photograph new personal stories.



JASON PAYNE: NPAC Treasurer – treasurer@npac.ca

Jason Payne is a staff photographer with The Province and Vancouver Sun newspapers in Vancouver, British Columbia.



GIORDANO CIAMPINI: NPAC Secretary – secretary@npac.ca

Born, bred, and based in Toronto, Gio has provided his community and city with a visual documentation of the goings and happenings, both large and small, for both mainstream media and the ethnic press.

Hired before graduating from Loyalist College in 2010, he started his career in earnest at the Corriere Canadese, formerly the country’s largest daily non-official-language newspaper. The paper folded in 2011, leaving Gio to freelance.

From crack-pot mayors to developing-world dictatorships, his career has taken him across five continents, several riots, a revolution, a tornado, a pair of earthquakes and countless grip’n’grins. He’s able to communicate in six languages with widely varying fluency, including Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, English, French and Arabic.

Some of the folks who’ve bought his pictures include Toronto Life, National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Grid Magazine and many other local and international publications.

When he’s not on assignment, Gio travels in pursuit of documentary and personal projects. When he’s in town, he fills his time with long walks through the city with his trusty iPhone.



ALI LEDGERWOOD: Executive Director – advertising@npac.ca

Residing in Vancouver but originally from Whistler, British Columbia, AIi has also lived in Japan and England.

She has extensive experience organizing events and fundraising for various associations such as Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Molson Indy, World Cup Downhill skiing and World Cup Freestyle skiing.

Ali was the executive assistant to the senior vice-president of human resources for the Vancouver Olympic Committee and she now assists the president at the Pan-Pacific property development company, Henderson Development, in Vancouver.

She has been involved with NPAC for over five years in every capacity including Accounts Payable/Receivable, Sales, Marketing and Contract Negotiator.

Ali has also worked for Xerox Canada and Rank Xerox U.K. She’s taught English and skiing (but not at the same time), she has worked in construction, waited tables, bartended, worked in finance and then quit everything to go sailing in the Caribbean for a few months. But not necessarily in that order.



LAURA MAY: NPAC Administrator – laura_may@npac.ca

Laura’s interest in photography and photojournalism started at the age of six when she insisted she needed to bring a camera to ‘document’ a school field trip. Soon after, she was given a Kodak Brownie and has since never left home for more than a day without a camera.

With a background in architecture, Laura currently leads a fast-paced and multidisciplinary life that includes architectural and photography assignments, volunteering with various organizations, attending photography courses at Langara College and training for a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Laura is based in Vancouver and she enjoys travelling throughout Canada and the world. Sunday afternoons are best spent at home with her husband cooking a good meal all from scratch.