National Photography Committee
Welcome to the National Photography Committee page of the NAFAS Website.
The Photography Committee are ostensibly responsible for the photographic requirements of NAFAS, supplying the Committees for the four main disciplines, ie Judges, Demonstrators, Speakers and Education, along with NAFAS Trading and NAFAS in general, with all their photography requirements.
The Committee are also responsible for organising and providing the photography for all the major NAFAS events such as the National Show and Competitions, National AGM etc.
A Photography Competition is arranged annually, usually amalgamated within the NAFAS National Show, when a schedule is available both on this website as well as within the Show schedule. Photography is strong amonst the members of our Association and we witness this enthusiasm from the entries we receive.
A National Photographic Archive has been established to provide a wealth of material which can be called upon by NAFAS for publications, advertisements, promotional literature etc, as well as forming an historical archive in pictures.
NAFAS Photography has also launched its own Facebook page so that members of NAFAS can see what is happening photographically within our organisation and the NAFAS Area Photography Representatives can share news, ideas, information and queries with each other, the Committee and the wider membership of NAFAS. This can be found by searching for NAFAS Photography on Facebook.
The National Photography Committee is made up of the following members:
Chairman - Phillip Gray - Three Counties & South Wales
Sue Hartley - North Midlands Area
Christine Saunders - London and Overseas Area
Colin Watson - Berks, Bucks Oxon Area
....and they meet twice a year at Osborne House under the umbrella of the National 2nd Vice Chairman.
Every eighteen months, the Committee meet with the Area Photography Representatives at Osborne House. The Committee enjoy a very close working relationship with the Area Reps and this is a great opportunity to meet face to face and to share news, information, technological advances and to enjoy a general open forum where all aspects of photography both in general and within NAFAS are discussed.
The Area Representatives are listed as follows and can be contacted through the relevant Area Secretary:
1. East of England - Adele Kent
2. South West - Ruth Aliban
3. Scotland - Mary Wright
4. North East - Kate Riley
5. 3 Counties & South Wales - Phillip Gray
6. London & Overseas - Pauline Martindale
7 Surrey - Steve Merryfield
8. Wessex & Jersey - Jean Warren
9. Home Counties - Joan Hicklin
10. Berks, Bucks & Oxon - Colin Watson
11. Mercia & North Wales - Judy Lea
12. North West - Joan Platt
13. Kent - Anne Luckett
14. Sussex - VACANT
15. North Midlands - Sue Hartley
16. South Midlands - Jean Dance
17. Devon & Cornwall - Lesley Bond
18. Northumberland Durham - Marjorie Moore
19. Dorset & Guernsey - Richard Witcombe
20. Cheshire - Pat Murphy
21. NIGFAS - Elaine Taylor
Back Row 1 to r - Anne Luckett, Steve Merryfield, Sue Hartley. 4th row l to r - Elaine Taylor, Mary Wright, Judy Lea
Photography is an integral part of flower arranging, although it may not readily be obvious. However, just take a moment to think and you will soon realise that every time you undertake a design, be it in a competition, in the local church, for a wedding or other celebration, when you have completed it, the first thing invariably one reaches for is the camera to make a record of it.
When we open a floral magazine or book or a flower arranging manual, the main content other than the text, are photographs.
The only way to maintain an historical record of past floral events is by photographing them and keeping them on a disc or in an album. So you see, photogrpahy is an important part of our organisation.
Changes in photography have been greater in the last five years than in the previous twenty-five, with the advent of digital cameras and camera phones. This means more people are taking photographs than ever before, so why not learn more about your camera and photography and get out there and enjoy the art. Have a word with your Area Photography Representative who will be only too pleased to help you in your endeavours.
Don't forget, have a go at entering your Area Photography Competitions and indeed the National Competition. Please don't worry that your photographs are not good enough, enter anyway, let the judges decide, you may be pleasantly surprised and find your photograph a prize winner.
An appeal to all keen photographers out there.
The NAFAS National Photography Committee have launched an initiative to provide all aspects of NAFAS with all their photographic requirements and are thus working closely with the National Committees for Judges, Demonstrators, Speakers, Education, National Shows and Trading and are hoping to establish an extensive archive of photographs related to flower arranging and plant material. They are looking for images of Flower Arrangements, Plants, Flowers, Foliage, Landscape images containing plants and flowers and Nature in General and are appealing to all NAFAS members to help.
The Committee are convinced that there are some excellent photographers and photographs waiting to be discovered out there and are keen to take advantage of this untapped resource.
Please, through your Area Photography Representative, submit any photographs that you have taken or may take in the future, to the Committee so that they may be held as part of the archive and can and may be used now or in the future. As far as possible all photographs to be used will be appropriately credited to the photographer when used, particularly in publications, calendars, training booklets etc.
Unfortunately, NAFAS cannot pay for these photographs but hope the possibility of publication and use nationally, will be considered reward in itself.
Please in the first instance contact your Area Photography Representative.
Phillip Gray, Committee Chairman Sue Hartley, Committee Member and 2013 Photography Competition Secretary Christine Saunders, Committee Member
Phillip Gray, Committee Chairman
Sue Hartley, Committee Member and 2013 Photography Competition Secretary
Christine Saunders, Committee Member