2019 Board Members

  • Rick Bell - Chairman - Juried Exhibit Coordinator
  • Scott Cooper - President - Major Sponsorship & Marketing Co-coordinator
  • Allen Rothwell - Corporate Treasurer
  • Wendy Gonneau - Corporate Secretary
  • Kim Annand - Camera & Business Club Coordinator
  • Melvina McCaw - Exhibitor Logistics Coordinator 
  • Bob Dudley - Exhibitor Logistics Coordinator 
  • Charles vanden Ouden - Education and Special Events Coordinator 
  • Bryan Harris - Webmaster
  • Gary Shennette - Newsletter Coordinator 
  • Terry Hrynyk   - Georgian College Liaison  

Founding Members


Scott Cooper


Photography has been in my blood for as long as I can remember, and it was in 2004 that I decided to embrace it as a vocation. As a realtor and marketer, nothing excites me more than using the power of photography to tell the stories of the families we work with, and to capture the essence of their homes and our city.

Photographer - Scott Cooper Photo

Associate Photographer - Pie Media Group

Associate Photographer - People of Barrie


Nat Caron


Nat Caron is a local photographer, located East End Downtown Barrie starting her business for 15 years ago. Photographing businesses and helping them grow and get noticed.

Creating images people don’t just see - they experience. And creating authentic personality of her clients and their brands. Nat photographs businesses from Toronto To Huntsville, and over 300 headshots a year. She has an easy connection to businesses, and takes pride helping her clients succeed. When Nat is not photographing, she's spending time with her husband and 3 boys.

It has been a 20-year long goal to be part of creating a local photography festival. To showcase some of Barrie and areas talent.


Richard Bell


Richard Bell (MPA, HLM, APPO, Cr. Photo. FPPSC) is a professional commercial, industrial, corporate and public relations photographer. 

Rick has received both national and international recognition for his work in the photographic field. A number of his images have been retained in the permanent loan collection of the National Archives of Canada. 

Rick is one of only 3 photographers in the 134 year history of the PPO/PPOC to acquire the prestigious ranking of 10 Masters Bars above his Masters of Photographic Arts degree (MPA). Rick also holds the Honorary Life membership (HLM) with both the Professional Photographers of Canada and the Professional Photographers of America

As well as being Past President of the Professional Photographers of Ontario (PPO), he has resided on a number of Advisory boards which include Sheridan, Confederation and Humber colleges. He is currently the chair of the Georgian College Digital Photography Advisory Board.


Allen Rothwell

I've spent the majority of my career at the tail end of photography...the print side. I was lucky enough to see the first large format inkjet on the market. It was a line drawing device and from there I had the need to see how I could print large photos/images. I quickly deciphered this and sent the formula down to the manufacturer who quickly sent this around the world. It was the beginning of the large format graphics printers. 

Several years later I was recruited by HP as a Marketing Manager and met Ed Burtynsky and the dedicated members behind the Contact Photography Festival. I spent many years with them, as the primary corporate sponsor. We hosted Joel Meyorwitz and several Magnum Photographers to help grow the festival to the size it is today. Once it became too large, we passed the torch to Scotia Bank.

My next adventure was the Peterbourough SPARK Photography Festival. After relocating to the Barrie area, it was time to find another adventure. This is when FOCUS on SIMCOE was born.

I picked up my first film camera in my teens and have continued to grow my experience as a hobbyist.  I am now sharing this passion with the South Simcoe 4-H Photography Club as a leader for kids ages 9-16. It's great to be able to give back to the community.