2017-2018 Program

The new 2017-2018 program for the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia is being finalized now. The events, meetings and field trips for September through December have been posted in the Google calendar in the website schedule page.

There will be no printed program this year. Instead, as a cost saving measure, the Google calendar on the website will be updated as new events are added to the program or changes to the events are made.

You can download an ics file that you can use to import the program into your own PC or Mac calendars. This file will be updated as needed. The schedule web page also has instructions on how to print out the events directly from the Google calendar if you want a printed list of events.

External Trophies and Themes:

NS Bird Society Trophy
In past years the NS Bird Society limited the birds eligible for the trophy to species that had not won the trophy in the past 5 years. That limitation has been removed. Any bird species photographed in Nova Scotia is eligible this year.

NS Nature Trust Trophy
The theme for the NSNT is “Wildlife”. Images must be shot in Nova Scotia and can include mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. The subject species must currently exist in the wild in Nova Scotia, e.g. an image of a blue parakeet escaped from the pet store is not eligible.

RK Mann Trophy
“The earth has music for those that listen.” (George Santayana)

Mayor of Halifax Trophy
“Halifax Public Gardens”

Canada 150
The Canada 150 theme replaces the treasure hunt this season. It will be a Show & Tell (non-competitive) on October 22, 2017. Up to 5 images in competition format. All images must have been taken in Canada. This is a very open theme, but as a guidepost consider “what Canada means to me”. 

Guild Assignment 1: Curves  (photographed after May 1, 2017) Upload by September 24, 2017.
Guild Assignment 2: Cemeteries  (photographed after September 1, 2017) Upload by January 14, 2018.

SILENT ESSAY: Upload by October 22, 2017.
This year it is even easier to enter the silent essay competition. You do not need any special software to create your essay.

A silent essay consists of up to 12 images which develop a story, theme or idea. There are strict rules for how the images form the essay. Each image must be in competition format. The essay will display each image, in order, for 6 seconds with a 1 second dissolve transition between images. No exceptions.

Because the rules for a silent essay are defined and are the same for everyone, all you have to do to enter the competition is to upload your images, properly named and numbered, just like any other competition. You do not produce the essay file yourself! That will be done for you. More information will be provided once we get a bit closer to the competition date.

Darryl Robertson
PGNS President/Webmaster

Burntcoat Head Park Field Trip – Saturday, July 22nd

Here are the details of the trip this weekend to the Noel Shore. Please remember your field trip waiver available here.

Please let me know if you plan to attend or if you have questions.

See you there!

Burntcoat Head Park Field Trip – Saturday, July 22nd

We will meet at 3:30pm in the parking lot

611 Burntcoat Head Road, Noel, Nova Scotia
B0N 2C0
Please visit the website which is full of great information about what you will see.
At the bottom of the home page at the above site is the location on a map
The park is open from dawn until dusk
High tide: 12:37 pm (14.7m or 46.7ft)
Low tide: 7:00 pm (.6m or 2ft)

No more than a five minute walk from the parking lot
To access the shore there are concrete steps to the upper shelf of rock and then a sloped drop of six feet to reach the ocean floor. It can be a bit difficult for some and this is where a walking stick may assist. Helping hands and team work is a proven method too!

Good news! I spoke with park staff and they carved steps into the sandstone to get from the shelf to the floor so it is much easier to navigate.


  • Sweater and a wind/waterproof coat as it is often cooler on the ocean floor
  • Bottled water – no glass
  • Sturdy shoes or boots as it is slippery
  • Walking stick if you like
  • Sunscreen and other sun protective gear
  • Knee-pads for close-ups
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting full of red mud which doesn’t come out easily, if at all
  • Pack your gear well and have something waterproof (garbage bag is good enough) to put it in as the ocean floor will be damp/wet
  • Be aware of where you are in relation to the shore and the incoming tide which won’t start rising until 7pm

Dining between 6:30 and 7pm…
For those interested, we’ll have a “pack your own” picnic on the ocean floor
The “Plan Your Trip” section of the website lists a couple of places where you can purchase a packed lunch
Tablecloths and chairs will NOT be provided but there are loads of rocks to sit on J
Glass bottles etc. are not recommended

The park is open until dusk – enjoy!

Useful Links:
Burntcoat Head Park
Tide Times
PGNS Field Trip Waiver

Valley Excursion Field Trip – Saturday July 8th

Hi folks,

We will meet at 2 p m at the Old Meeting House Antiques establishment at 1063 Church Street near Port Williams.

If you are coming from Halifax on Highway 101, take Exit 11 and Route 358 to Port Williams. Go through Port Williams and continue on Route 358 until you reach Church Street. Turn left on Church Street and after three hundred meters you will reach the Old Meeting House on the right. Please do not park in the first main driveway but continue on to the second driveway with parking in the field.

In addition to the main building with antiques, the property is large and well maintained. There are two rustic buildings, an old hay rake, an old cart, an old water pump, cultivated flowers, a pond with ducks (albeit very skittish) and dragonflies, etc. The website is here.

At 4 p m we have a tour and tasting (about an half hour in duration) at the Barreling Tide Distillery at 1164 Parkway Drive in Port Williams. Cost is $5. per person. The tour will enable us to see and photograph their distilling equipment which is featured in the gallery on their website.

Please bring a field trip waiver form with you. The form is at this link.

Waterproof footwear, sunscreen and bug repellant may be in order for the Old Meeting House property.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Rain date is Sunday July 9th.

Please let me know if you plan to attend.

I hope you can join us on the 8th!