Welcome to the National Photography Committee page of the NAFAS Website.
GREAT NEWS EVERYONE! We are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s NAFAS National Photography Competition. The competition is open to all NAFAS members, with the exception of the National Photography Committee. The closing date is 1st September 2017, so you have plenty of time to get those cameras out and start shooting !! Click on the following link to download the schedule: NAFAS National Photography Competition 2017 Final
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 is 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 amongst 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. As there are several NAFAS Photography pages on Facebook, ours is the one with a camera lens as its profile photo.
The National Photography Committee meets twice a year at Osborne House and is made up of the following members:
- Chrissie Harten, Chairman (Three Counties & South Wales Area)
- Elaine Bedford
- Beverly Moore (East of England Area)
- Jane Burns (North West Area)
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 Representatives 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 2016 Area Representatives are listed as follows and can be contacted through the relevant Area Secretary:
|1. East of England – Sue Atkinson||2. South West – Lucy Ellis|
|3. Scotland – Sheila Chalmers||4. North East – Anne Lindsay|
|5. 3 Counties & S. Wales – Phillip Gray||6. London & Overseas – Pauline Martindale|
|7. Surrey – Brenda Fox||8. Wessex & Jersey – Steve Ingham|
|9. Home Counties – Vacant||10. Berks, Bucks & Oxon – Mary Ferguson|
|11. Mercia & North Wales – Judy Lea||12. North West – Joanna Fairclough|
|13. Kent – Anne Luckett||14. Sussex – Vacant|
|15. North Midlands – Sheila White||16. South Midlands – Vacant|
|17. Devon & Cornwall – Mike Bond||18. Northumberland Durham – Wendy Smith|
|19. Dorset & Guernsey – Richard Witcomb||20. Cheshire – Pamela Mosedale|
|21. NIGFAS – Vacant|
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, photography 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 is 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.
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The latest video from the NAFAS YouTube channel.
Images of the Future Florist competition, 2nd heat, held at the Tatton Park Flower Show, from our Chairman, Chrissie Harten.