A Brief History

cropped-KPAC-logo1.jpgThe Kamloops Photo Arts Club, originally known as The Kamloops Interior Camera Club, was organized in 1980 by a group of dedicated photographers and the first meeting was held in October 1982. Their goal was to discuss and improve their mutual interests in photography.

The club became a member of the Canadian Association for Photographic Art in 1982 and still takes part in most Canada wide competitions each year.

One of the early club projects, in 1986, was to produce a major slide show “A Day in the Life of Kamloops”, where 35 photographers took 4500 pictures in a 24 hour period. When completed, it became a 20 minute slide show of 420 pictures. Since then, the club has become involved in several community projects each year. One major event is a one day seminar through Kamloops Parks and Recreation that teaches basic digital camera techniques.

With the introduction of digital photography in the early 1990’s, KPAC emerged from the darkroom and embraced a computerized future. Computer software, mainly Photoshop and Lightroom, became the digital darkroom and presented a whole new world for photo processing. Some members have become very proficient in the new technology and happily pass on their knowledge to their fellow members.

KPAC had a stellar year in 2006 garnering three prestigious Club awards and three individual awards. Jubilation bubbled over when the club placed second in the North Shore Photographic Challenge and Brock Nanson took top honours with the Gold Medal. KPAC took another close second in the Lion’s Gate 75th Anniversary Show. Nationally the club placed fourth in a (CAPA) Canadian Association of Photographic Arts competition with members Myles Clough and Norm Dougan’s images scoring in the top 10.

KPAC became a registered society in 2007, after 25 years in existence, thanks to Frank Dwyer who was then President. Club membership averages 80 members.

Note: This is an excerpt from the KPAC Members Handbook. The complete handbook is available in PDF form on the Information > Download Documents page.