Welcome to the National Photography Committee page of the NAFAS Website.
Every year, the NAFAS National Photography Committee launches a photography competition which allows all members of NAFAS to showcase their photography skills. Our competition this year attracted 481 entries, a record number which proves the increasing popularity of digital photography amongst our members. The results are in click link, and you can see them here (click for photos)
All the winning photographs can be seen in the display next to our stand on the balcony in the Empress Ballroom at the NAFAS Festive Flower & Food Show in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, from the 9th – 11th November; come and have a look and admire the photography talents of NAFAS members from home and abroad. While you are visiting our stand, why not place your order for the Show DVD? This will feature photos of the winning designs in all 19 classes in the Floral Art Competitions, the Designer of the Year Competition finalists, the Special Awards winners and highlights from the Floral Catwalk Show. This will be a lovely memory of the show for you to keep, but why not buy one for a friend too – Christmas is just around the corner! ORDER FORM FOR DVD 2017 (Web)
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 2017 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.
Great news! The NAFAS YouTube channel has reached 500 subscribers! Have YOU subscribed yet? It’s free! www.youtube.com/c/nafasflowers.
Congratulations to our Committee member Elaine Bedford, who gained a Commended in Class 1, Inclement Weather, with Carys Harrison, and they won the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD! Great news!
Only around 2000 images to review, choose and edit for the exciting new video of the Festive Flower and Food Show, coming soon through your letterbox if you fill in the order form below!