Summer 2017

News for Canadian Photographers in BC & the Yukon

Remembering Ursula

It's been a while since you've seen the Pacific Zone News. That's because Ursula Easterbrook, the mighty member who put each issue together almost single handedly, passed away peacefully in February this year after a second battle with cancer.

Ursula was the force that kept all of us in CAPA’s Pacific Zone up to date with the quarterly publication of the Pacific Zone News for over a decade. Each issue was jammed with news, stories, opinions and, of course, photographs of interest to all of us. She was a member of the Delta Photo Club and had vital connections with photographers across the country. Often serving clubs as a guest presenter or judge, Ursula could be counted on to help in any capacity.

A resident of Tsawwassen, Ursula was committed to environmental issues and especially the nearby birds of Boundary Bay. She organized Birds in Focus, an annual event bringing together artists and speakers from different genres to raise awareness about the dangers facing migratory birds.

Known for her fierce independence and strong will, Ursula will be remembered for her photo safaris in her VW van, affectionately known as Casper, and her constant companion Farley, an English Sheepdog. For over a decade, the Pacific Zone News has been delivered to CAPA members in the Pacific Zone, bringing us news, stories and events. For much longer than that, photographers, clubs and friends benefitted by the energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of photography that Ursula so freely shared with us. As described by those who knew her, Ursula lived life to the fullest, without regrets, doing the things that mattered. To Ursula, we give our utmost respect and appreciation.

A New Pacific Zone News

The service provided by Ursula for all those years needs to continue. So, the Pacific Zone executive has affirmed its important role in connecting photographers in the region. The PZN will continue in a new format, electronic only, on a quarterly basis. Contributions and volunteers will be eagerly received! Here are some ideas for your contributions:
  • a photo story of your adventures
  • reviews of gear you are using
  • learning opportunities
  • stories about photographers who inspire
  • news from your club
  • other ideas welcome
Click below to send your feedback and ideas to Dennis Ducklow.

CCC 2017

The Canadian Camera Conference came to a successful conclusion on Canada Day in Ottawa. The conference, which previously was in Vancouver, takes place every two years. Three days, 36 presentations, 24 individual speakers, a trade show and an unforgettable send-off performance called Canada Wild, captivated the photographers with the backdrop of our nation's capital during Canada 150 celebrations. A winning combination.
The next CCC will be in Calgary on July 16, 17 & 18, 2019. Mark your calendars!

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CAPA's Got a New Website!

Have you checked it out yet? After many, many months of hard work and frustrating delays, the CAPA website went live in late spring, 2017. The new site has all the info you need as a CAPA member plus much more. Sign in to the member's area to renew your membership and obtain your discounts from providers such as Johnson Insurance, Topaz Labs, FotoMagico, Treasure-Books, Henry's, On1 and more. Find out about competitions and see the winning images. And have a look at the news from each of the CAPA zones.

"All hell was breaking loose!"

Chris Harris is a professional photographer and CAPA member, living near 100 Mile House, pretty much in the midst of BC's summer of wildfires. After two weeks of evacuation, he and Rita have thankfully returned to their home. Chris' July newsletter features his first person account and photographs of the fire. His experiences and photographs underline for all of us the intense story-telling power our cameras offer.

Two gentlemen arrived to tell me I had better evacuate. I called to my dog Duggan and he jumped into the tiny space I had left for him. Together we drove to the road and closed the gate. It was at that moment that I truly realized what was happening. A huge emotional swell swept through me; I shed a tear as I made one last photograph of our home. While explaining things to Duggan, we drove away.

BC Wildfires: A Request for Photos

We have been contacted by an author who is working with a BC publisher to create a book about BC's unforgettable summer of wildfires. If you have images of the 2017 wildfires or people affected by them, she would like to hear from you. Payment will be provided for photographs that are used in the book.

The author is Claudia Cornwall. She has written six books in the past and also has a property in the Cariboo. Please contact Claudia at cm_cornwall@telus.net.

photo: Times Colonist

Photo Tours for CAPA Members

For members in the Lower Mainland, did you know that regular outings are organized jusst for you? Recent trips have included the Harry Jerome Classic, Surrey Public LIbrary, Stanley Park and more. The next outing is to Bowen Island on Saturday, August 12.
We are so fortunate to have Detlef Klahm and Bea Carlson organizing the outings for us. This talented pair of photographers freely offer their expertise and extensive experience.
The image below was captured by Bea at the Harry Jerome Classic. You can request to join the group on Facebook to keep in touch and share photos or contact detlef via email at paintwithlight1@hotmail.com.

Thankful for our Sponsors

During the many years in which Ursula managed the Pacific Zone News, we had supportive sponsors and advertisers in every issue. We pause to give them sincere thanks and encourage all of you to patronize them.

Keep In Touch With CAPA Pacific Zone

It's easy! All of the Pacific Zone volunteers are listed right here.

Do you have news from your club, a photo story or coming event you can share?
Dennis Ducklow,
Pacific Zone Director and (for now) newsletter editor