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Offline Ali Ledgerwood

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Hey everybody!

I am pleased to announce the latest and greatest for those planning to attend Photojournalism 2017 in beautiful downtown Toronto on May 4-7, 2017.  Another great weekend of learning, inspiration, awards, networking and involvement with Canada’s largest group of photojournalists.  We are so excited to announce that this is NPAC’s 10th Anniversary and we have lots of fabulous events and some suprises.  You don’t want to miss out!

You can register for the conference and also get your NPAC 2016 NPOY Awards tickets online by clicking

There are rates for NPAC members and non-members. Please note that we are offering Member conference rates to CAPIC/PPOC/CAPA/NPPA

Please note that the non-member rates include the cost of an NPAC membership and you become a member when you purchase these passes.

For those who cannot use the online payment system in the NPAC Store to purchase conference passes and NPOY Awards tickets, please mail your payments to the following:

c/o Ali Ledgerwood
11-744 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 1B8

Of course, when doing so, please indicate which pass you are purchasing, how many NPOY award tickets you are buying, and include your name, address and an email address for our records. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to: NPAC.

Lastly, we are now hooked up to Square.  So you can always bring your credit card onsite at any time and we can run payment from the phone.  Or, as always... we take cash!  We've got you covered my friends.

Air Canada:  Use promotion code: Q7KPXBZ1 when you book at
West Jet: Use promotion code:  ONDEGGT when you go to www. For those using a travel agent, advise of code:  YYZ01
Porter Air: Use promo code NPACAC when you book on
Via Rail:  Use discount code 13478 when booking on

Discounts vary between 5 and 15% depending from departure location.  Check the fine print…

Bond Place Hotel - 65 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B 2G8
Phone: (416) 362-6061
Booking Link:

Recently refreshed, the Bond Place Hotel’s trendy accommodations boast contemporary designs, vibrant colors, gleaming hardwood floors, plush bedding, and versatile options – from comfortable standard rooms to spacious, European-inspired suites. Our modern Toronto hotel also offers in-room amenities such as wireless high-speed Internet, spa-inspired bathrooms, and LCD televisions.

For reservations please call our reservations department toll-free at 1-800-268-9390.

First Canada Place – 100 King Street West, Concourse Level, Toronto

CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography.

NPAC is thrilled to exhibit the nominees for the National Pictures of the Year Awards from May 1 – May 12, 2017, with the opening reception on May 4th.  If you’re interested in seeing who won, you better attend the NPOY Gala on May 6th, 2017 at the Arta Gallery.

FujiFilm - TBA

Bond Place Hotel - 65 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B 2G8


This popular event will be held in the trophy room at the Hockey Hall of Fame,  30 Yonge Street, Toronto. 

This is a heavily attended event that gets you a hands-on look at all the latest gear from our industry suppliers. In the same room, you can have your portfolio reviewed during one-on-one sessions with a number of experts in our field. Sign up for these 15 to 20 minute sessions at the conference on Friday. 

The following companies are confirmed to be at the Trade Show:

Beau Photo
Vancouver’s favourite professional photography supplier will be on hand again this year with a ton of gear ranging from the latest digital cameras and top lighting choices to the greatest gadgets you just can’t live without. They have a lot so be prepared to spend some time at their booth.

Burke Mountain Leather
Handcrafted custom leather camera straps made on beautiful Burke Mountain by Vancouver Sun/Province photographer Jason Payne.

The Camera Store
Calgary’s premier photographic outlet is a full-line dealer for the entire range of conventional and digital photographic equipment and supplies and they have the knowledge base to back it up! They are dedicated to supporting and promoting photography on a number of levels and are perennial sponsors of this conference. They don’t offer a lot of hype or fanfare, just great products, great service, great prices … great photography!

The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses and optical devices. And today, in combination with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualisation and perception. Innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years.

Canadian Media Guild
The Canadian Media Guild is a democratic trade union representing 6,000 workers in the Canadian media. Our members work at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada (CBC/SRC), The Canadian Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse (AFP), TVO, TFO, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (aptn), ZoomerMedia, Shaw Media and CKOI Radio Gatineau (Québec). We also represent media freelancers.

Canon Canada
This industry supplier of still and video cameras will be showing off their latest and greatest cameras and lenses plus other accessories. Canon is also conducting a camera clinic at our conference.

GoPro makes the world's most versatile cameras.

Leica Cameras
The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses and optical devices. And today, in combination with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualisation and perception. Innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years.

Nikon Canada
The sponsor of our National Picture of the Year Sports Action category, Nikon Canada will be there, too. Of course, they’ll have their line-up of excellent cameras and accessories with knowledgeable sales staff to answer all your questions.  Nikon will also be taking your cameras in to clean up and take care of your babies.

NPAC Swap n' Shop
Bring your old gear to sell off/trade/give away and maybe find a bargain in the works. If you buy/trade used camera gear, you can get your newly adopted cleaned up and ready to go on the Saturday morning at the Camera Clinic. This is not limited to camera gear, btw. Could be anything (ummmm.... within reason.... keep it clean, people.)

Oberwerth is not just a bag. Oberwerth is an idea. A statement. A belief. High quality, stunning craftsmanship and sustainable, responsible production are the values that drive us. This is why we combine the finest materials, the most intelligent design and the highest quality of finish to create a product that pleases, impresses and inspires across the board.

Oberwerth bags are the perfect accessory for every situation. Whether you’re dealing with long journeys, tough terrain or bad weather, your equipment will always be protected. Several carefully developed features, expertly applied details and unique comfort levels make your life easier and ensure that you will never want to travel alone again.

Walkstool Canada
Colin Horabin is back at our trade show offering the best option when it comes to sitting around. The Walkstool is a light portable seat that any photographer would find indispensable. It’s super light and strong, plus it collapses into a small package that slings over your shoulder for easy carrying.

A partial list of who will be available to review portfolios. More to announce as we get closer to the conference. 
     • Jon Blacker / Independent
     • Erin Elder / The Globe and Mail
     • Delores Gubasta, Photo Editor / Klixpix
     • Marcus Oleniuk / Independent
     • Katie Orlinsky / Independent
     • Graeme Roy / The Canadian Press Director of News Photography
     • Setareh Sarmadi / Sid Lee
     • TBA

Canon, Nikon and Sony will again be conducting their annual camera clinics on site so bring your babies in for their annual checkup early Saturday morning.


     • Katie Orlinsky - is a photographer from New York City. She received a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University, and began her career as a photojournalist in Mexico ten years ago. Since then she has photographed all over the world exploring everything from conflict and social issues to unique subcultures.

     • David Coles - is a Canadian media lawyer who will be offering a workshop on photographer's rights and how changing privacy laws will affect photojournalists.

     • TBA

Tickets must be purchased and presented when entering the location for this amazing Saturday night event which will be held at the Arta Gallery, 14 Distillery Lane, Toronto.

Winners of all the NPOY categories will be announced during this gala event including the Canadian Photojournalist of the Year sponsored by The Canadian Press and the Canadian Photograph of the Year sponsored by Sony Canada.  The latest and greatest is the Photo of the Decade sponsored by an anonymous donor. You’ll also receive your copy of the annual Year in Review book!  Doors will open at 6:00 with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. 

As per usual, there will be a tonne of prizes to give away and I'll have a list shortly.  Remember, ya gotta be there to win!

If I'm missing anything, please let me know.  As I've said, this is a living document and will be updated regularly.

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