October 2nd – Chris Harris Presentation

Chris Harris, along with his partner Rita Giesbrecht, will present a spectacular audio-visual presentation titled: Cariboo Chilcotin: A Story of Resiliency and Beauty.

The show is based on Chris’ most recent books and the just released Blu Ray Disk™ documentary which includes two feature documentaries; The Wildfire Summer of 2017: A Photographer’s Journey and The Chilcotin Ark.

‘Last year’s wildfires changed but did not destroy the regions natural beauty. We will explore wildfire as part of the life-cycle of the land, and as forces of regeneration and resilience. By exploring photography as an art form, I will share how I transformed my evacuation experience into art. Based on our most recent books, we will also explore the natural beauty of the grasslands, volcanoes, and Coast Mountains as part of the Chilcotin Ark story; a story of international significance. We invite you to share and understand these powerful phenomena for yourselves. By embracing natural cycles, we inform our lives and our very nature; we embrace our Sense of Place, and we invite the world to do the same.’

Chris Harris is one of Canada’s most renown wilderness and narrative photographers; and successful independent publishers. For over 40 years he has dedicated his talent and work to the Cariboo Chilcotin region of central British Columbia; the only photographer and chronicler to have extensively explored this region and presented it to the world. His work, in pioneering wilderness tourism as an operator; photographing and publishing 13 books that illustrate, educate, and inspire; presenting illustrated lectures and touring with his publications to audiences in BC and much further afield; providing the tourism industry with countless spectacular images and stories; operating a destination gallery of his work; has contributed to the economic and cultural well-being of the Cariboo Chilcotin since 1982. Most recently, Chris Harris continues to produce innovative and engaging documentary productions on video for online release, as part of Harris & Marshall Media; and to tour widely on behalf of the region in partnership with the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Assoc. as an ambassador for the visitor economy. Chris Harris has been recognized and awarded nationally and internationally for his work and maintains a vigorous and creative schedule of innovating in photographic art, teaching, and touring. He dedicates his photography to bringing awareness and reverence to the value of nature, biodiversity, and the beauty of his home region of British Columbia.

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Corrected “Submission General Information” Document

The “Submission General Information” document on the website was missing the “Landscape” category and had the “People” category rather than “People and Pets”. This has been corrected.

My apologies for the errors — Joan Dolson

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September 25 – Know Your Camera/CAPA

Bring your camera(s) and manual(s) for the hands-on practice session on getting to know your camera. There is always something new to learn as you compare notes with your fellow photographers who carry the same brand of camera.

We will also have a presentation about getting to know CAPA (Canadian Association of Photographic Art). Our club is a member and we submit images for CAPA competitions. CAPA is the organization that will provide training for the upcoming judging course. (Note: Be sure to get the coupon code from Marty before signing up for the Kelowna judging course. Our club MEMBERS get a price reduction. Whohoo!)

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September 18 – Image Submission Review

Marty will review the procedures for submitting images for evaluations, including new mat sizes for prints. A good review for experienced submitters AND new members to get ready for the October 2nd image submission deadline.

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First Meeting of 2018-19 this week! Tuesday September 11th

Come to the EECO Centre Tuesday, September 11th for the first meeting of 2018-19.

Are you interested in photography? Come and check us out. Our club provides an opportunity to network with others interested in photography at all levels. Learn new skills, share ideas, get motivated. We meet at the EECO Centre located at 2363A Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, V1X 7N7. Check out the COPS website to learn more about us.

Returning and past members.  Come on out and reconnect with your fellow photographers. Beat the membership renewal lineup by printing and filling out your Membership Application Form, Activity Waiver and Release and bringing a cheque or cash.

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Reminder: September 11 – First Meeting of 2018-19

September 11 will be the first meeting for the 2018-19 year. Come and sign up for the year and network with your fellow photographers.

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Website Update for New Season

With the 2018 – 2019 season about to start on September 11th, the website has been updated:

  • Calendar has been filled in until Christmas with the proposed schedule.
  • Submission documents have been updated with the new evaluation dates and themes.
  • Submission documents have been updated with the new mat size for prints – 24 X 18 inches.
  • The new executive names have been added to the Info -> Executive page.
  • The contact list has been updated.
  • A set of new banners has been added for the tops of pages, selected from last year’s overall winners, runners up and honorable mentions. The banner shown will be selected randomly every time you return to the site, change to another menu item, or refresh the page.

Check the website often to see new information added to the calendar, to check announcements.

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September 11 – First Meeting of 2018-19

September 11 will be the first meeting for the 2018-19 year. Come and sign up for the year and network with your fellow photographers.

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Field Trip July 17th – Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm Waterfront and Raven Trail. Full Day Trip. Please respond on the COPS members’ Facebook site to pre-register.

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Field Trip June 24th – Rock Creek Rodeo

Sunday 24th June

Admission $20.00

Meet at Eco Centre 9:00 a.m.

Rodeo starts at 1:00 and will most likely finish between 4:00 and 4:30.

Drive is about 1 hour 45 minutes so we will also have the time to stop and shoot any interesting sights on the journey.

Please sign up on the COPS Members Facebook page if you plan to attend.

If you are willing to drive please indicate, as we will be car pooling.

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