Club Committees & Service Groups

Communications Committee

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.

Communications Committee Group Leaders 2019 - 2020
Communications Committee Chair
Mike MacKay
Communications Committee Chair-Mike MacKay Webmaster-John Elliott Webmaster
John Elliott
Photo Spots Editor
Position Vacant
Photo Spots Editor-Position Vacant Listmaster-John Elliott Listmaster
John Elliott
Club Photographer
Nelly Almeida
Club Photographer-Nelly Almeida Club Photographer-Saeed Qureshi Club Photographer
Saeed Qureshi
Brochure Distributor
Peter Roberts
Brochure Distributor-Peter Roberts Blog Editor-Geri Porteous Blog Editor
Geri Porteous

Competitions Committee

Competition Information

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.  All other related documents are located in the Documents under Competitions here.

Entry Submission Guidelines

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 club uses this image to help ensure correct projector adjustment. If you can see all of the whites and all of the blacks in this image and it looks good on your monitor, then your images should look good when projected with the club projector.




May. 2018

Competitions Committee Group Leaders 2019 - 2020
Competitions Committee Chair
Laurence Head
Competitions Committee Chair-Laurence Head Digital System Support-John Elliott Digital System Support
John Elliott
Competitions Committee Assistant (Judges)
Elaine Hum-Sim
Competitions Committee Assistant (Judges)-Elaine Hum-Sim Operator -Position Vacant Operator
Position Vacant
Competitions Committee Assistant
Jamie Johnson
Competitions Committee Assistant -Jamie Johnson Competitions Committee Assistant -Bill McCloskey Competitions Committee Assistant
Bill McCloskey
Competitions Committee Assistant
Trevor Chin Quee
Competitions Committee Assistant -Trevor Chin Quee Competitions Committee Assistant -Glenn Bloodworth Competitions Committee Assistant
Glenn Bloodworth
Competitions Committee Assistant
Geri Porteous
Competitions Committee Assistant -Geri Porteous Bruce Wilson Competition Coordinator -Lise Presseault Bruce Wilson Competition Coordinator
Lise Presseault

Education Committee

Information about Educational Prgrams at the RA Photo Club may be found here:

Education Committee Forum
Education Committee Group Leaders 2019 - 2020
Education Committee Chair
Manfred Mueller
Education Committee Chair-Manfred Mueller Focus Series Assistant-Robert Matyas Focus Series Assistant
Robert Matyas
Focus Series Assistant
Pierre Gauthier
Focus Series Assistant-Pierre Gauthier Photo Techniques Workshop Convenor-Robert Laramée Photo Techniques Workshop Convenor
Robert Laramée
John McTeer
Librarian-John McTeer Education - Instructor-Reda Sedki Education - Instructor
Reda Sedki
Education Committee Co-Chair
Ross Laing
Education Committee Co-Chair-Ross Laing  

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee recomends members to the Executive to fill Excutive and Volunteer postitions.

Nominations Committee Group Leaders 2019 - 2020
Committee Member
Barbara Lapointe
Committee Member-Barbara Lapointe Committee Member-Lise Presseault Committee Member
Lise Presseault
Committee Member
Glenn Bloodworth
Committee Member-Glenn Bloodworth  

Awards Committee

Beginning in early March, the Committee encourages club members to nominate fellow members for volunteer awards. Nominations are sent to or a nomination form can be handed in. Criteria for the awards are under "Documents" on the website.

Members are advised of their nomination when they are sent a standard resumé, prepared by the Awards Committee, to complete or update. The Committee determines which award nominees are eligible for, according to the published criteria, and maintains a list of nominees, noting and advising those who are not eligible. Awards Committee members are free to nominate volunteers, just as any other club member.

Following the deadline for receipt of resumés, the Committee meets to rank them, using an established scoring system. Recommended winners must be approved by the RAPC Executive. Names of winners are kept secret until presentations are made.

The Awards Committee orders plaques and winners are encouraged to attend the Awards Banquet. The Committee prepares a script and projectable briefs of winners’ resumés and presents the awards to the winners at the Banquet. (If RA Centre awards have been approved, these winners are presented with certificates at the Photo Club Banquet.)

(RA Centre Awards are given only every second year (2015, 2017, etc.) but the RAPC Awards Committee is pro-active since notice of these awards may not allow much time.  Recommendations for RA Centre awards are sent to the RA Recognition and Awards Committee through our Photo Club representatives.)

(The RA Centre arranges its own banquet and presentations. Winners receive two personal Invitations. The Photo Club Chair generally receives 10 other invitations. Usually first choice for these invitations goes to Awards Committee members, then to members of the Executive, then to other volunteers and, lastly, to partners of Awards Committee members and/or other volunteers.)

Are you interested in helping to honour our volunteers, in a fair and impartial manner? Our aim is to reward the people who do the most to support the Club for the longest period of time, rather than to hold a popularity contest. If you agree with these goals, you're welcome to join us on the Awards Committee.

Awards Committee Group Leaders 2019 - 2020
Awards Committee Chair
Norman Smith
Awards Committee Chair-Norman Smith Awards Committee Assistant-Robert Macdonald Awards Committee Assistant
Robert Macdonald
Awards Committee Assistant
Bill McCloskey
Awards Committee Assistant-Bill McCloskey Awards Committee Assistant-Lise Presseault Awards Committee Assistant
Lise Presseault

Social Committee

Social Committee Group Leaders 2019 - 2020
Social Commitee Chair
Izabel Dabrowski
Social Commitee Chair-Izabel Dabrowski Social Committee Assistant-Andrea Schlecht Social Committee Assistant
Andrea Schlecht
Social Committee Assistant
Lois Feinholz
Social Committee Assistant-Lois Feinholz Social Committee Assistant-Elaine Hum-Sim Social Committee Assistant
Elaine Hum-Sim
Social Committee Assistant
Catherine Mills
Social Committee Assistant-Catherine Mills Social Committee Assistant-Elizabeth Kaminska Social Committee Assistant
Elizabeth Kaminska
Membership List Coordinator
Robert Laramée
Membership List Coordinator-Robert Laramée New Member Support-Susan Matthews New Member Support
Susan Matthews
No email Address Found
New Member Support
Rod Windover
No email Address Found
New Member Support-Rod Windover New Member Support-Kipper Trevorrow New Member Support
Kipper Trevorrow
No email Address Found
New Member Support
Michael Ricco
No email Address Found
New Member Support-Michael Ricco  

Technical Services

The Technical Services Committee provides a vital service for the club mainly in the from of setting up and running equipment to support presentations at club events.

This involves setting up our club projector, Mac Book Pro laptop, audio amplifier, microphones, and operating the lights. It might seem like work but 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!

Tech Services Group Leaders 2019 - 2020
Tech Services Coordinator
Roger Miller
Tech Services Coordinator-Roger Miller Tech Services Assistant-Vlastimil Pojman Tech Services Assistant
Vlastimil Pojman
Tech Services Assistant
Peter Locke
Tech Services Assistant-Peter Locke Tech Services Assistant-Jamie Johnson Tech Services Assistant
Jamie Johnson
Tech Services Assistant
Andrew Fraser
Tech Services Assistant-Andrew Fraser Tech Services Assistant-Alvin Choi Tech Services Assistant
Alvin Choi
Tech Services Assistant
Glenn Bloodworth
Tech Services Assistant-Glenn Bloodworth Tech Services Assistant-Laurence Head Tech Services Assistant
Laurence Head
Tech Services Assistant
Sami Kandalaft
Tech Services Assistant-Sami Kandalaft Tech Services Assistant-Andrew Mostowski Tech Services Assistant
Andrew Mostowski
Tech Services Assistant
Ken Nixon
Tech Services Assistant-Ken Nixon Tech Services Assistant-Rick Harris Tech Services Assistant
Rick Harris
Tech Services Assistant
Yi Cui
Tech Services Assistant-Yi Cui Tech Services Assistant-Olu Agboola Tech Services Assistant
Olu Agboola
Tech Services Assistant
Jim Davidson
Tech Services Assistant-Jim Davidson  

Program Committee

The Program Committee provides content for the Club’s regular weekly meetings.


The Committee’s work begins with a meeting in late May or June to start planning the Fall calendar (September to December). At that time, we discuss the program balance we should be aiming for (e.g., too much nature stuff in the past year, more portraiture needed, haven’t had a wedding photographer for some time, etc., etc.). We then look at the number of evenings to be filled and discuss possible speakers with dates. Committee members are then tasked with contacting  the speakers to determine their availability, both as a speaker and for a specific date. Following the meeting,  there is an exchange of emails to determine the success people have had.  A second meeting is general held in late summer to take stock of where we are and adjust things/make new contacts as required.

In late September or in October this whole process is repeated again for the post-Christmas period, although by then we often have one or two of the January – May evening slots filled with people who couldn’t be accommodated in the September - December period.

Basically, there are really only about three to four meetings a year with much of the work being done through email exchange between the meetings. Besides participating in the planning discussions at the meetings themselves, individual members often have only about two or three evenings during the year where they're responsible for contacting a speaker. Once a speaker is confirmed, it’s the responsibility of the contacting member to follow-up and get a topic title and a two or three sentence description for the website. The member who made contact with a speaker is also usually responsible for introducing them on the evening of the presentation.

Club members are encouraged to provide suggestions for topics and speakers to the Committee at any time of the year.


Program Committee Group Leaders 2019 - 2020
Program Committee Chair
Anna Nitoslawska
Program Committee Chair-Anna Nitoslawska Program Assistant-Norman Smith Program Assistant
Norman Smith
Program Assistant
Bill McCloskey
Program Assistant-Bill McCloskey Program Assistant-Glenn Bloodworth Program Assistant
Glenn Bloodworth
Program Assistant
Danielle Labonte
Program Assistant-Danielle Labonte Program Assistant-Valerie Bott Program Assistant
Valerie Bott
Program Assistant
Reda Sedki
Program Assistant-Reda Sedki Program Assistant-Wilfred Oberthier Program Assistant
Wilfred Oberthier
Program Assistant
Lise Presseault
Program Assistant-Lise Presseault Program Assistant-Linda Johnston Program Assistant
Linda Johnston
Program Assistant
Maureen Murphy
Program Assistant-Maureen Murphy Program Assistant-Corry Berghout Program Assistant
Corry Berghout
Program Assistant
Danielle Labonte
Program Assistant-Danielle Labonte New Members Night-Abigail Gossage New Members Night
Abigail Gossage
Slide Showcase Coordinator
Mike MacKay
Slide Showcase Coordinator-Mike MacKay Summer Meeting Coordinator-Mike MacKay Summer Meeting Coordinator
Mike MacKay