Wilson HegodaThe National Photographic Art Society of Sri Lanka was established in 1950 as anautonomousbody for propagation of photography as an art form, and to disseminate photography as a subject of educational interest.

Our prime mover in this venture; the founder photographer the late Wilson Hegoda with the able support of enthusiasts, Nelson Keerthi; an assistant Manager of Ilford, Hilton Samarasinghe and Prof. G.L.R. De Silva founded the group initially named the “Amateur Photographic Association” on 15th February 1950. A month later, it was renamed -The National Photographic Art Society.

In the year of 1959, as a foremost project, classes on photography was conducted in the vernacular Sinhalese language and were conducted free. Since then, and for the past 50 years classes are being conducted on a regular basis and is immeasurably successful.

At the formative years and with the advent of the 35mm a circle referred to as the “35mm Camera Club” was organized by the society and won popularity especially amongst school children.

The year 1961 saw the birth of the Islands first journal on Photography, “Camera” literally Camera in Sinhala which was renamed and published in 1977, as a full-fledged periodical “Lanka Camera”.

Img 15Asia’s Representative of the largest international photographic organization of the world in Belgium, International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP); Dr. P. Thomas visited Sri Lanka In the year 1968 and being greatly appreciative of the numerous activities conducted by the Society,granted it’s prestigious membership which is a unique Honour rarely conferred on photographic societies in any part of the world. NPAS is also a member of the Photographic Society of America(PSA).

In recognition of our sustenance to the advancement of photography, the Government of Sri Lanka has confirmed our society an Approved charity by Government Gazette notification - No. 442 / 2 / 20 / 87.

The National Photographic Art Society is solely founded on a constitution and governed by a Board of Directors selected annually at their well attended Annual General Meeting. Company Registration No.G.A. 300.

Besides the regular photographic expeditions, tours, workshops and seminars, Society conducts a three year Diploma Course in Photography with examinations conducted in theory and practical. The Diploma Course is also registered under Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission - No. P01/0417.