Club Committees & Service Groups
The Communications Committee facilitates communication within the RA Photo Club and plays a role in marketing the club to the National Capital region’s wider community of photographers.
The website, inarguably the most important deliverable of the Communications Committee, provides a calendar of events, and the ability to upload images for the competitions and showcases throughout the year. In addition, access to the website allows the membership to reference club information, such as the makeup of the executive and committees, and allows easy access to the documentation of the club.
The membership of the Communications Committee extends unofficially to all RA Photo Club members, who are welcome to contribute to the Blog and the club’s Facebook Page.
The Competitions Committee, organizes the receipt, presentation and return of competition entries, arranges for contest judges, supervises the judging of competitions, arranges for the purchase and award of ribbons, plaques and trophies and prepares the competition input to the club budget submission.
Competition rules may be found here.
Image Size Requirements:
Image Size: 1920W x 1080H pixels .
File Size: 3.2 Mb maximum
Colour Space: sRGB If you use Adobe RGB instead, your images will likely look washed out.
Standard test image
The RAPC Education Committee organizes presentations, seminars, and workshops with the intent of informing and inspiring club members to develop their photography skills. The aim of the Education Committee is to provide access to a wide variety of learning opportunities from beginner to advanced level photographers. In recent years topics have ranged from essential photography skills, such as exposure and focusing, to specialized tools and techniques, such as astrophotography, post-processing workflow, or lighting a still life. Education Committee Learning activities support the focus of many of the RAPC special interest groups within the photo club (ex., Nature, Urban, Studio, etc.).
RAPC members can check the Event Sign-up page (from the home page, go to Events/Sign-up). The Workshops are posted here (along with Outings and Studio Workshops). Alternately, members can also go to the “Events & Program” calendar on the RAPC website and based on interest in a particular topic, click the “Events” and register using “Signup” under the drop-down menu. Upcoming presentations, seminars, and workshops are also announced at the regular RAPC Tuesday evening meetings. Often Educational Committee presentations and workshops are organized to complement an upcoming RAPC photo competition.
Usually, the presentations and workshops are delivered by club member volunteers who have specific areas of photographic expertise; sometimes external presenters are invited to share their knowledge. For most presentations and workshops, no fees are charged except in cases where there needs to be cost recovery for materials, such as a workshop on mat cutting, for example. Most presentations, seminars, and workshops run for an hour or two, with some extending to a half day or whole day events. There is usually at least one presentation, seminar, or workshop each month from October to May.
Digital Resources - Leaders 2023-2024
RA Photo Club Awards
The Club holds an annual Volunteer Awards dinner in May .
The Awards Committee will send an email asking members to nominate Club volunteers.
Below is the list of Awards:
Outstanding Contribution Award
The Alice Gillies Award
RA Photo Club Life Membership Award
RA Centre Life Membership Award
RA Centre President's Award
The Social Committee normally organizes two events:
- The Christmas party is an informal, fun evening of entertainment, door prizes, “humour” and “best shot” competitions, and a cash bar. The Social Committee will send announcements by email with further details on venue and how to purchase tickets.
- The Annual Awards Banquet is held each May at the end of the regular club season. This is a more formal occasion offering a sit-down dinner, that includes the presentation of both photographic and volunteer awards and some fun activities. The Social Committee will send announcement by email with further details on venue and how to purchase tickets.
When meeting in person, the Technical Services Committee provides a key service mainly in the form of setting up and running our presentation equipment to support our club events.
This involves setting up our club projector, Mac Book Pro laptop, audio amplifier, microphones, and operating the lights. As a Tech Services volunteer, you can learn many valuable tips on how to run software and set up presentations.
This information can be helpful if you want to make presentations yourself, or help out at other events that you are involved in. Because many on the Technical Services Committee have experience with photography and software, they can be a helpful resource to those who might consider joining our committee.
Besides, to top it off we are the coolest bunch in the club! Says who!?
Technical Support Team - Leaders 2023-2024
The Program Committee designs the content and arranges for the presenters at the Club’s weekly Tuesday evening program sessions.
Planning for next season generally starts in late spring with a discussion on appropriate subject balance, identifying potential speakers and striving for a balance between external speakers, member presentations and regular features such as Competitions, Inter-Club evenings, and special Showcases.
Once a draft Program Calendar has been developed, individual committee members take the lead on contacting external speakers or coordinating member presentations. The Committee generally meets about three or four times a year. Much of its work is done through email exchanges between meetings.
Club members are encouraged to provide suggestions for topics and speakers to the Committee at any time of the year.
Program Committee - Leaders 2023-2024
New Members Committee
The New Members Committee's goal is to offer new members support and provide introductions to the RA Photo Club’s many areas of activities and programs. By participating in the New Members Committee meetings, your knowledge of the Club will be improved and allow you to foster a friendship with other new members.
Regardless of your skill level, joining a photography club or returning after a period of absence can sometimes be intimidating. We intend to alleviate concerns that you might have by acting as a bridge to our Club. We offer a wide variety of opportunities that you can pursue to further your interest in photography. Regardless of your level of photographic experience, we hope to make your membership as rewarding to you as possible. As you learn, explore and contribute you will greatly benefit from being a member of the RA Photo Club.
Our New Members meetings are scheduled for one hour prior (6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.) to the RA Photo Club’s general meeting on a bi-weekly basis. (See the Home page, bottom, right corner for the meeting topics). Typically a short free-flowing question and answer period is followed by the introduction of a representative who presents a particular facet of the Club. An example of this could be the Urban Group where their types of activities are outlined along with any scheduled events and showcases, and perhaps a display of works from previous outings, workshops or lectures. The representative would then be available for questions.