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 takes part in some of the Canada wide competitions each year.

One of the early club projects, in 1985, 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.  In 2018 a selection of the original kodachrome slides were scanned to a digital format and a MP4 slideshow created in the spirit of the first show. Both the original slides and the MP4 slideshow were later donated to the Kamloops Museum and Archives to share with the citizens of Kamloops.

Before COVID-19 pandemic (2020 – ) the club was involved in several community projects each year shooting images for events such as Western Canada Winter Games, Diving Championships, and Senior (Citizen) Annual Picnic in the Park.  A major Club project for 10 years (2007 – 2017) was a one day intensive, seminar through Kamloops Parks and Recreation that taught basic digital camera techniques. The morning would be devoted to learning about F-stops, ISO, aperture and shutter ‘What ares’ followed by the popular ‘Hands-On’ segment in the afternoon with Club members.

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 averaged 80 members for a number of years. It has dipped during pandemic restrictions and meeting on-line via the Zoom format.  Members are still able to enjoy getting together in person for occasional Field Trips.

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