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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 4-6, 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, Lobby 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 of May 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 finalists 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 Thompson Landry Gallery.

9:30 - 11:30 am
Join Jerry and Fujifilm X-Photographer Spencer Wynn on a photo walk that will combine a little bit of landscape, a few Toronto landmarks, a sampling of street and a quick glimpse of architecture photography. Starting at 9:30 in the hotel lobby (lots of time for breakfast), this walkabout should take about 2 hours with quick tips and secret stops along the way. We will have Fujifilm X cameras and GFX along with a selection of lenses available to try out during the walk.  Please RSVP to Ali at

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

On Friday May 5th, Leica Camera is providing the unique opportunity to take a Leica for a test drive! If you have never shot with a Leica, this is your chance to take a classic rangefinder for a spin or experience the Leica SL for the first time.

A selection of Leica cameras and lenses will be available on loan exclusively for attendees of the NPAC conference from 11AM-1PM at Bond Place Hotel - 65 Dundas St E, Toronto.

Loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Valid ID, credit card and SD card required.

If you are interested in a specific Leica camera, please RSVP to Ali at


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.

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!

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.

Sony Canada
At Sony, our mission is to be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

Our unlimited passion for technology, content and services, and relentless pursuit of innovation, drives us to deliver
ground-breaking new excitement and entertainment in ways that only Sony can.  Creating unique new cultures and experiences.  Everything we do, is to move you emotionally.  BE MOVED

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.



List of who will be available to review portfolios. 
     • Jon Blacker / Independent
     • Peter Bregg / Maclean's
     • Erin Elder / The Globe and Mail
     • Rita Godlevskis, Photo Editor / PhotoEd Magazine
     • Delores Gubasta, Photo Editor / Klixpix
     • Chris Helgren, Editor-in-Charge, North America Pictures Desk, Reuters
     • Gary Hershorn / Independent
     • Christopher Manson / Christopher Manson Photography
     • Setareh Sarmadi / Sid Lee
     • Liz Sullivan / Maclean's Magazine
     • Clare Vander Meersch / ROB Magazine, The Globe and Mail
     • Rachel Wine / The Globe and Mail

     *This list is subject to change at anytime.

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.


     • 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.

     • Spencer Wynn - is a Canadian visual journalist doing editorial work for newspapers and magazines. Wynn often embeds himself into a story to gain an honest view of what life is like for the people he photographs and writes about. - Sponsored by FujiFilm

     • Gary Hershorn - is a photographer and photo editor who has covered 17 Olympic Games, 24 Masters Golf tournaments, 24 Academy Awards and too-many-to-count Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cups and World Cups. Having worked for Reuters for 29 years, he's covered most major news events.

     • Setareh Sarmadi - has been involved in photo editing in many forms, from editing the National Ballet of Canada archives to magazines such as FASHION, Toronto Life, Canadian Business, Macleans and Sportnset. Currently working as an art buyer at ad agency Sid Lee, Setareh will be speaking on how to self-edit your photos and how to compose the ideal stories.

     • Patrick Murphy-Racey has always tried to stay on the edge of photojournalism, using different tools, mediums, and moving in and out of editorial advertising, and now doing 4K video production work.  Everything ‘PM-R” does is informed by his PJ roots.  Patrick started in newspapers, moved into magazine work, has shot over 700 assignments for Sports Illustrated, and hundreds of other publications.  Patrick has been a self-employed photographer since 1992 and will share tips about not just surviving, but staying fresh and always re-inventing as he moves forward.  PM-R has ridden his motorcycle in every Province of Canada and knows how to say, “zed."

     • Neil Ever Osborne  - Sponsored by Nikon Canada - is a Toronto-based visual storyteller who uses conservation photography and film-making to express the relationship between people and the planet. He works principally in wild spaces and in places that need protection while seeking out the human narratives unfolding in these lands and seascapes. Neil’s editorial assignments and commissioned works are completed in close collaboration with domestic and international publications, NGOs, corporations, philanthropists, and with a growing community of online advocates.

He is a Photographer-in-Residence with Canadian Geographic, a Nikon Ambassador, an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, and a Fellow with The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS).

Neil is based out of the Evermaven studio in Toronto, Ontario, Canada when not in the field.

Talk Summary:
Conservation photography is really about the actions a photographer takes after the images have been made. The real responsibility starts after the shutter has been tripped. It is about getting your images in front of the influential people that really need to see them. What can you do to get involved?

Tickets must be purchased and presented when entering the location for this amazing Saturday night event which will be held at the Thompson Landry Gallery Cooperage Space, 6 Trinity Street, Toronto.

Emcee for the evening will be Mike Drolet, the Toronto correspondent for Global National.

Huge thanks to Bodega Norton and Glenfiddich for their sponsorship at the NPOY's this year!

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.

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. 

We have an amazing assortment of prizes this year.  From ThinkTank Bags, waterproof cases from Plasticase, lighting kits from Nadel, cameras and other gear from GoPro, printers from Epson, bags from Oberwerth, lenses from Meyer Optik Goerlitz, and cameras from Canon amongst the list of swag to be given away.  I didn't tally it up completely, but essentially, there is over $50,000 worth of swag to be given away.  Probably more. I dunno.  I can't count that high!  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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