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July IAPP Events in France

July 17 – July  21, Cirkut Camera Museum Donation in Chalon-sur-Saone, France

In July, David Orbock and Denis Tremblay will be on hand along with several IAPP members to donate one of David’s 10” Cirkut cameras to the Nicephore Niepce Museum in Chalon-sur-Saone, France. The idea to present the museum with a Cirkut camera came about in 2008 during IAPP’s tour of the museum. The museum has many panoramic cameras, but not a single Cirkut; in fact, the staff had little (very little) knowledge of the Cirkut camera and not even a contact print. The presentation will take place in the museum between July 17 and July 21. IAPP Members and non-Member alike are welcome to participate in the presentation.  A future exhibition of IAPP members’ panoramic photographs will also be discussed with the museum staff.  

Please contact David Orbock directly if interested in attending this event:

July 23 – July 27, IAPP Mini-Conference in Peyresq, France

After the Chalon-sur-Saone festivities, IAPP will host a Mini-Conference in Peyresq, France.  IAPP has hosted 2 conferences (1999 & 2008) in this village and both were extremely successful.  The conference is scheduled for July 23 to July 27.  The cost of housing includes 3 meals per day with wine and use of the conference center.  The mini-conference is open to IAPP members as well as non-members.  The Registration Fee for all Conference attendees is $35, except for guests accompanying a paid attendee.  No Refunds.

Register for the Conference here.

If you haven’t attended any of the previous conferences in Peyresq, the following essay will give you a glimpse of its beauty.


           There is nothing but unspoiled beauty as you twist your way from St. Andres-les-Alpes through the remote areas of the Haute-Alpes-de-Provence.  The narrow winding road that passes through an untouched,  majestic setting offers a stunning panorama. Then suddenly, clinging precariously to the distant mountainside, surrounded by pine forests, rocky cliffs and snow-capped crests, the tiny village of Peyresq appears.

          Founded in 1232 this rocky hamlet served as a frontier post between France and Savoy for nearly five centuries. In 1860, the Treaty of Turin incorporated permanently the county of Nice into France and Peyresq ceased to be the watchtower of Provence. The population of 231 soon declined and most buildings fell into major disrepair.

          In 1952, Georges Lambeau, director of the Academie des Beaux-Arts at Namur, discovered the derelict village, inhabited by just four people. He fell in love with it and had a vision – to restore it to its original beauty and use it for a humanist center. In 1953, the mountain road was repaved and the refurbishing of the decrepit dwellings began. For thirty years, bands of Belgian art students worked to lift the village out of its ruins. To underline the humanist character of the project, each house was named after an artist or scholar: Mistral, Newton, Alain, Darwin, and Leonardo da Vinci. Today art, science and cultural seminars, retreats and small conferences are held there year round.

          The village center is dominated by a 13th century church.  A tolling bell at six o’clock is answered by distant tinkles from somewhere beyond. Suddenly, the hillside is alive with a thousand sheep completing their evening descent to a nearby refuge for the night.

          The Leonardo da Vinci Center is well-equipped with modern technology and is perfect for conferences. The guest rooms are no-frills, yet lack nothing. The meals are communal with local cuisine prepared by excellent chefs. Hiking trails abound, side trips to Entrevaux, Colmars and various river gorges are within easy driving distance.

          In the 1990’s IAPP member, Denis Tremblay, met Mady Smets in Montreal.  Mady was a co-founder of Peyresq Foyer d’Humanisme.  She told him about the Peyresq facility and Denis thought it was ideal for an IAPP  conference. The IAPP held their first conference there in 1999 and then returned in 2008.  Each one was well attended. Four productive days were spent, not just photographing, but listening, talking, laughing, learning and sharing. New friendships were made and old friendships strengthened. Best of all, Peyresq is a land out of time – free from traffic and worries of the world amid the unbroken scenery that surrounds you. And sleep is never a problem in the rarefied air of this magical “stony place”.



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2016-2017 IAPP Officers and Board Members Announced

The results for the 2016-2017 Officer and Board of Director Positions are as follows:

President:  Tom Sheckels, Moorestown, New Jersey

Treasurer: Fran Gardino, Brighton, Massachusetts

Secretary: Kay Larkin, Terrebonne, Oregon

Past President: David Kutz, Lancaster, PA

Board of Directors: 

Glen Cope, Tonkawa, Oklahoma

Steve Delroy, Forest Hills, New York

Ray Pffeifer, Raleigh, North Carolina

Paul Speaker, Upland, California

Congratulations to all of the above.

2016 is Looking to be a Great Year for IAPP

First I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the members who contributed to the re-launch of The Panorama Journal.  It has been almost 3 years since our last issue.  The gallery issue is a start in getting us back on track with a printed publication.  I hope that our members will enjoy it and that it will spark more creativity in us all.

Looking forward we as an association have a very busy schedule this year with many different opportunities for members and non-members interested in panoramic photography to become involved.  April (10-13) we will gather together in Charleston, SC for our spring conference.  It will be a chance to discover a new city that IAPP has not visited before.  There are plenty of old southern city views, history and architectural details as well as beautiful nature nearby just waiting to explored.

In July, David Orbock and Denis Tremblay will be on hand along with several IAPP members for the donating of one of David’s Cirkut cameras to the Nicephore Niepce Museum in Chalon-sur-Saone, France.  As a part of that ceremony an exhibition of IAPP members work is being planned.  Tentative dates are between July 17 and July 21.  More details on print standards to follow on the website.

After the Chalon-sur-Saone festivities, plans are coming together for a mini-conference in Peyresq, France.  IAPP has hosted 2 conferences in this village and both were extremely successful.  The conference is tentatively scheduled from July 23 to July 27.  The cost of housing and 3 meals per day with wine would be approx. 120 Euros per person.  The mini-conference will be open to IAPP members as well as non-members who are interested.

The IAPP would also like to start collecting images for the purposes of assembling travelling exhibitions that members can request for the purpose of promoting panoramic photography in their cities.  Look for print guidelines to be posted on the website.

For those who enjoy writing we are always looking for people to provide articles of interest for our publications and the website, and

The dot com address recently became available, so we quickly grabbed it.  Both addresses now point to our web site.

As you can see there are many activities for you, the members of IAPP can contribute to this year.  We hope you will find something that sparks your interest.

Dave Kutz,  President IAPP

Call for IAPP Members to fill Officer & Board Member positions for the next term, April 2016 to Sept 2017

Dear Fellow IAPP Members,

We would like to find out if any of you would consider accepting a nomination or nominate someone for one of the upcoming IAPP Officer or Board Member positions.

All new terms are effective for 18 months and will begin at the conclusion of our Charleston Conference this April and run through our next Conference in 18 months at a place TBD.

Position Incumbent and terms in position Term Limit Positions Open for Nomination
President Dave Kutz /1 (completed) 1 Term Open
President Elect Vacant 1 Term Open
Treasurer Tom Sheckels / 2 (completed) 2 Terms Open
Secretary Fran Gardino / 1 2 Terms Open
Board Member Glenn Cope / 1 2 Terms Open
Board Member Kay Larkin / 1 2 Terms Open
Board Member Syd Moen / 2 (completed) 2 Terms Open
Board Member Ray Pfeiffer / 1 2 Terms Open
Past President Paul Speaker / 1 1 Term Dave Kutz

All eight positions (excluding Past President) are open for nomination and need to be filled.

Dave Kutz will automatically fill the Past President position.  Tom Sheckels has completed two terms as Treasurer and cannot run for Treasurer again.  Syd has completed two terms on the Board and will be taking time off. Six current Board Members and Officers that are in nomination for Board and Officer positions are Glenn Cope, Kay Larkin, Ray Pfeiffer, Fran Gardino, Paul Speaker, and Tom Sheckels.

The duties of the IAPP Officers and Board of Directors can be reviewed on the IAPP website at:

This next term will be truly exciting with many new types of panorama opportunities. We are beginning to plan many new projects, venues and places to exhibit our works. If you are full of creativity and ideas, we welcome you to be part of the leadership and planning process.

Please notify me ASAP if you are interested or know of someone who is.

Thank you,

Fran Gardino

IAPP Secretary and Chairman of Nominating Committee

Register for the 2016 IAPP Spring Conference in Charleston, South Carolina

The International Association of Panoramic Photographers hosts a Panoramic Conference every 16 months.  The last Conference was held in Santa Fé, New Mexico, October 2014.  Sixteen months go by quick and the next event is coming up in April 2016.  We have begun the planning and hope to make this Conference a smashing hit in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Conference will begin Sunday evening, April 10th with the check-in and run through Wednesday, April 13th after the evening Banquet.   There will be workshops, presentations, photo tours, great food, spectacular views, and a chance to meet and network along side veteran panoramic photographers.

The registration fee is $95 for members and $170 for a non-members.  The registration fee for a non-member includes a one year membership.   Also as a paying registrant, you can bring a guest for an additional $40.  The guest can attend all the workshops, presentations and photo tours for free and the $40 guest fee covers the Wednesday evening Banquet cost.

Please register for the  Conference here

The Conference Hotel is the Quality Inn & Suites Patriot Point in Mount Pleasant, right across the river from Downtown Charleston.  The hotel has given us a limited block of rooms at $104.99 plus taxes and with upgraded rooms at $114.99 plus taxes. They have agreed to honor those rates from Sunday the 10th through Thursday the 14th (check out the 15th) for those who wish to extend their visit in the Charleston area. Hotel information is as follows:
Quality Inn & Suites Patriot Point
196 Patriots Point Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 856-8817
Please be sure to mention that you are with the IAPP conference to insure the group rates.

Dave Orbock setting up his Panoramic Camera among Tent Rocks during the IAPP Santa Fe Conference Week

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360 degree photo taken by Fran Gardino.

2014 Conference in Santa Fe Attendees

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Registration open for 2014 Semi-Annual Conference of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers

This year, our conference coincides with the world-famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! Come and see the sky filled with these Hot Air works of art and stay for the desert beauty. Join us while we explore the history of panoramic photography and the new trends in our field. Between informative seminars, workshops and shooting days, you will leave inspired, invigorated and ready to create more panoramic images.

Sunday, October 5 through Wednesday, October 8
The Hyatt Place
Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Call 505-474-7777 to book your room now! Mention IAPP to receive the special room rate of 99.00 per night.
Arrangements have been made for early arrivals and late departures at the same rates: Thursday, October 2 – Friday October 10.
Since our conference coincides with the world-famous Balloon Fiesta, rooms are at a premium. You need to make your reservations by September 5 to stay in the conference hotel.


Stay tuned for program details and announcements.

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Don’t lose out on your IAPP merits.

If you attended the Everett conference, presented a topic, or submitted prints to the exhibition,  you are eligible to receive IAPP merits toward your Service Awards and Master/Craftsman Photographer Degree. Fill out this form online or download the Master/Craftsman and Service Report form.