Best in Show

In one of his first duties as Southwest Ontario District Representative, Gerry Alger presents a CAPA medal to Steve Donnelly. Steve won Best In Show at the Western Fair Photo Competition which received just under 800 print entries. Gerry and Steve are both members of the London (Ontario) Camera Club.

 

Competition Winners – 2017 Nature – Individuals

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SILVER_TPC_Pat Wintemute_Golden Eagle
HonMen2_Bert Sharp_Pygmy Owl
HonMen2_Bert Sharp_Lazuli Bunting
Gold_Missy Mandel_Hoary redpoll on frozen dogwood

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Competition Winners – 2017 Nature – Club

 

Competition Winners & Awards

Gold Medal- Richmond Hill Camera Club

Silver Medal – Jiahua Elite Photography Association

Bronze Medal – St. Catharines Photographic Club

Honourable Mention:

Merit Awards:

Botany Awards:

  • 1st Place – Hugh McKevill (Atlantic Lighthouse Photo Group) – “Backyard Mushroom”
  • 2nd Place – Marion Sensen (Atlantic Lighthouse Photo Group) – “Ahinahina Plant”

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the hosting club – Richmond Hill Camera Club

Latow Audio Visual Festival

The Latow International Audio Visual Festival is unique in this area and is the highlight of the year in the AV community. Images are presented on a theatre-size screen with audio soundtracks presented in surround sound in a unique international exhibition using the AV medium. It’s a premier showcase to see an exciting display of photography on different topics, using different audio-visual techniques to tell a story or to show off an artistic vision. A great evening for photographers, other visual artists, and those who simply appreciate a good entertaining show.

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 7:00pm to ~ 9:00

For more information about the festival or to submit an entry please visit: http://latowseminar.com/av-festival/

Pacific Print Challenge

CAPA Clubs in the Pacfic Zone  are invited to participate in the  Pacific Zone Print Challenge 2018.
Closing Date for entries  7:00 p.m. Friday 09 February 2018

Judging: Saturday 17 February 2018, 12:30 pm – Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship 1160 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam BC V3B SV8
Open to the Public  – $5.00 per person

Display of Prints by The Darkroom Group

Winners will receive:
CAPA medals for photographers- first, second, third place and Honour Award certificates.
CAPA medals for Clubs first, second, third place.
Rules and entry forms will be emailed to all Pacific Zone CAPA Clubs in November 2017.

For additional information please contact Judy Higham higham@shaw.ca

Canada: My Country

SILVER - Frederic Hore - Celebrating Canada Day
BRONZE - Ted Akin - Sky Celebrations
HONOUR - Michael Winsor - Ferryland Iceberg
HONOUR - Angeline Haslett - Following Cultural Paths
Bronze Randy Lowden Barn Swallow

Continue reading “Canada: My Country”

November 2017 – Competition Updates

Each month, we will post a Competitions Updates page to advise you of competition changes, issues, new sponsors and announcement of winners.

If you have any questions or concerns about competitions, please email our Director of Competitions at competitions@capacanada.ca

Here are the latest updates about CAPA competitions.

Problems Logging Into CAPA Website

It is highly recommended that all CAPA members and camera clubs to log into the CAPA website well in advance of submitting images for a competition.  By doing so, any issues can be resolved with the CAPA webmaster -webmanager@capacanada.ca

All questions or concerns related to competitions should be forwarded to the Director of Competitions – competitions@capacanada.ca

To assist individuals logging into the online competition system, we encourage you to review our  step-by-step instructions for uploading images for a CAPA Competition.

CAPA Medal Presentations

This year we will be encouraging local competition host clubs to take photos of winners receiving their CAPA medals. We will post the presentation photos on the Winners Page for that competition along with all the winning images.

We have posted the medal presentation photos for the following competitions:

Update to Eligibility Criteria

The Eligibility Criteria has been updated to include:

  • Colour Accuracy: Strongly recommend that you calibrate your monitor to ensure colour accuracy from your monitor to the image projected to the judges
  • Image Title:– May NOT contain the club name or the photographer’s name– Unrestricted except refrain from using the following characters:  ” ‘ .

Creative Altered Reality Competition

The Crescent Beach Photography Club has pulled back from hosting the Creative Altered Reality Competition.

For this competition to continue, we will need a camera club or a few CAPA members to host this competition.  If no host is found then this competition will be cancelled. 

If you are possibly interested in hosting this competition, please contact Sheldon Boles (Director of Competitions) at competitions@capacanada.ca and he will provide further details about hosting a competition.

Importance Of Reading All The Competition Details and Eligibility Criteria

In the examination of the images submitted for the Fall 2018 Nature and Fine Art Competitions, it was discovered that some submitted images did not comply with the competition details and the eligibility criteria.  Examples are as follows:

  • Human element present in images submitted for the Nature Competition
  • Entrants entered the same image in both the ‘club‘ and ‘individual‘ component of the competition which is contrary to section 7 of the CAPA Eligibility Criteria – “they will NOT enter an identical or simultaneously the same images in both the ‘individual‘ and ‘club‘ components of a CAPA competition.”

These images have been disqualified.

Another area of concern is that entrants are entering the name of the club or the photographers name in the Image Title field when uploading images for a competition.  The inclusion of the club or photographer in the Image Title field is prohibited and is repeatedly outlined on the Eligibility Criteria page, Competition Page and in all competition upload pages.   For the Nature and the Fine Art competitions, the uploaded images that have the name of the club or photographer will not be disqualified.  However, all future competitions will have images disqualified if the name of the photographer or club is contained within the Image Title field.

Therefore, it is important for all entrants to read all the competition details to ensure the images being submitted comply with all the conditions of the competition.

Photo Journalism Competition

This competition closes on November 30, 2017.  Three judges for this competition will be: Jonathan Ward (Toronto Camera Club) – Bill Hall (Kitchener Camera Club) – Sheena Wilkie (Langley Camera Club). Check out this competition here.

Black & White Competition

This competition closes on January 30, 2017.  Check out the details of this competition here.

Canada: My Country Competition

We are introducing this new competition to provide images for inclusion in CAPA’s submission to the ‘4-Nations’s international competition. You can check out the competition details here.  In the next fews, we will configure the online competition system to permit the uploading of images for this new competition.

Information Of Interest To All Photographers

We received the following details which will be of interest to all photographers:

Competition Sponsors

PHLearn is providing prizes for the Fine Art “Individual” Competition – Gold Medal Winner and the Altered Reality “Individual” Competition – Gold Medal Winner.

PHLearn logo in support of CAPA

Coordinator Volunteer Opportunity

CAPA is looking for a Coordinator for the brand new Photo Critique Forums. The software for the online Photo Critique Forums is set up, and we have about six volunteers in place. What we need is someone who can organize the volunteers and the activity. The Forums need an FAQ, guidelines, and instructions for use.

The volunteer will have an individual membership in CAPA and is able to devote 2 or more hours a week (initially, will be less after launch). The Photo Critique Forums Coordinator can communicate well in writing, and has good  interpersonal skills and general computer skills, as well as being Internet savvy. (The Photo Critique Forum Coordinator does not need to know programing or web development.) We need the forums to be launched to the membership by December 1.

The forums are going to be an exciting addition to the services we offer CAPA members, but it needs a champion!

If this person is you, or someone you know, please get in touch with Sheena at webmanager@capacanada.ca

124th Toronto Photography Salon

The Toronto Camera Club presents The124th Toronto International Salon of Photography

Submission Closing date is  November 04, 2017 @Midnight,(Gmt-5)

For more information please visit:Salon.Torontocameraclub.Com

Technical difficulties resolved

Thanks for your patience with the recent difficulties in accessing the submissions link for competitions. This situation is resolved but if you have any questions or are experiencing problems using the website please contact Sheena at webmanager@capacanada.ca

 

October 2017 Competition Update

Here are the latest information updates and news about CAPA competitions.

Updated Guideline for Judging a CAPA Competition
The Guideline for Judging a CAPA Competition has been updated to include CAPA’s new Competition Standards. This document is provided to all camera clubs hosting a CAPA competition who distribute it to competition judges. Judges are asked to read and comply with the details of this document.

Note that there is a full CAPA Judging Course Manual that is included when individuals have completed a CAPA Judging Course.

Update to Eligibility Criteria
The Eligibility Criteria has been updated to include:

  • requirement for all competitions that the image colour space should be sRGB
  • CAPA and corporations providing prizes are not in any way responsible for any claims or liabilities related to the outcome of a competition or the violation or infringement of any Canadian law or regulation

CAPA Medal Presentations
This year we will be encouraging local competition host clubs to take photos of winners receiving their CAPA medals. We will post the presentation photos on the Winners Page for that competition along with all the winning images. If you haven’t had a chance to see the winners pages from the 2016-17 competitions, we invite you to have a look. For example, here is the winner’s page for the Fall 2016 Print – Club competition.

Open Print Competition – Deadline October 30
This year, the Red River Exhibition Association is hosting the Print Competition. They are extending a special invitation to CAPA Clubs and Individual members to consider submitting and supporting this competition. There’s something special about printing your photo. Experience the joy of holding the physical results of your work in your hand and sharing it with others. Seeing your photo in print helps you to become a better photographer. Choice of paper, printing method and many other things make the printing process truly a labour of love. There’s plenty of time to prepare your submission before the October 30 deadline . Submissions should be sent to: Judy Berthman, 230 Laurent Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3V 1S7.

And speaking of sending in your prints, here are some instructions for making your own photo shipping container.

Upcoming Fall Competitions
Check out the details for all fall competitions

How to Upload Images
Here is a page with step-by-step instructions for uploading images for a CAPA Competition.

Competition Sponsors
Thanks to the following sponsors who have donated prizes this year for CAPA competitions:

Audio Visual Presentation Competition:

Photodex is providing a copy of ProShow Producer for the Gold Medal winners for the CAPA Individual & Camera Club competitions.

Annual Photo Challenge Competition

 

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Open Theme Competition

The Corel Corporation is providing prizes for the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners for both the Club and Individual components of this competition.

Questions about CAPA Competitions? Email the Director of Competitions, Sheldon Boles

Photograph the BC Lions with CAPA

Photograph the BC Lions

Come early for your chance to photograph the BC Lions during the pregame session. Special arrangements have been made for photographers to bring lenses up to 200mm. Must be prepaid by October 4. For more information, email CAPA Pacific Zone Director Dennis Ducklow.

Pioneer in Photography

George Brybycin Receives CAPA Excellence in Photography Medal

George Brybycin was a Canadian photographer and mountaineer whose pioneering contribution to the visual heritage and ecology of the Canadian Rockies is worthy of national recognition. George had been nicknamed the ‘Ansel Adams of the Canadian Rockies.’

George devoted his life to photographing mountains, resulting in a prolific historical record of everything from the majestic valleys to the heavenly peaks of the Canadian Rockies. George’s determination, mental and physical stamina – at times taking great personal risk sleeping on mountaintops in sub-zero temperatures to capture sunrise and sunset shots, will likely never be surpassed!

George was a humble man who has self-published fifty-six books. He was not driven by riches but by the pursuit of his love of photography, and mountaineering; and his passion for nature, wildlife, and the ecology. His books are how he shares this love with others.

George Brybycin (left) was awarded CAPA’s Excellence in Photography medal by Michael Squance (Club President) at the Calgary Camera Club’s annual general meeting on May 24.  Sadly George passed away in June. You can read more about George is this tribute to him .

 

 

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CAPA Print Competition

This competition is open to all CAPA members and CAPA Clubs. The competition closes on – October 30, 2017 at midnight Pacific Standard Time.

For more information on this competition please visit the Competition Section of our website.

 

CAPA Fall Print Competition

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Competition Update – October 2017

Here are the latest information updates and news about CAPA competitions.

CAPA Medal Presentations

This year we will be encouraging local competition host clubs to take photos of winners receiving their CAPA medals. We will post the presentation photos on the Winners Page for that competition along with all the winning images. If you haven’t had a chance to see the winners pages from the 2016-17 competitions, we invite you to have a look. For example, here is the winner’s page for the Fall 2016 Print – Club competition.

Update to Eligibility Criteria

The Eligibility Criteria has been updated to include:

  • requirement for all competitions that the image colour space should be sRGB
  • CAPA and corporations providing prizes are not in any way responsible for any claims or liabilities related to the outcome of a competition or the violation or infringement of any Canadian law or regulation

Updated Guideline for Judging a CAPA Competition

The Guideline for Judging a CAPA Competition has been updated to include CAPA’s new Competition Standards. This document is provided to all camera clubs hosting a CAPA competition who distribute it to competition judges. Judges are asked to read and comply with the details of this document.

Note that there is a full CAPA Judging Course Manual that is included when individuals have completed a CAPA Judging Course.

Open Print Competition – Deadline October 30

This year, the Red River Exhibition Association is hosting the Print Competition. They are extending a special invitation to CAPA Clubs and Individual members to consider submitting and supporting this competition. There’s something special about printing your photo. Experience the joy of holding the physical results of your work in your hand and sharing it with others. Seeing your photo in print helps you to become a better photographer. Choice of paper, printing method and many other things make the printing process truly a labour of love. There’s plenty of time to prepare your submission before the October 30 deadline . Submissions should be sent to: Judy Berthman, 230 Laurent Drive, Winnipeg, MB  R3V 1S7.

And speaking of sending in your prints, here are some instructions for making your own photo shipping container.

Upcoming Fall Competitions

Check out the details for all fall competitions

How to Upload Images

Here is a page with step-by-step instructions for uploading images for a CAPA Competition. 

Competition Sponsors

Thanks to the following sponsors who have donated prizes this year for CAPA competitions:  

Audio Visual Presentation Competition

Photodex is providing a copy of ProShow Producer for the Gold Medal winners for the CAPA Individual & Camera Club competitions.

Annual Photo Challenge Competition 

Open Theme Competition

The Corel Corporation is providing prizes for the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners for both the Club and Individual components of this competition. 

 

Questions about CAPA Competitions? Email the Director of Competitions, Sheldon Boles

Judging Courses

Be a CAPA Judge!

CAPA Canada is Number 1!

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w15 5_TCC_CHRISTOPHER SIOU_Red Clover (BOTANY)
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Gold John Lowman Polar Prowler

Four Nations Photography Competition

This competition is an Inter-Society digital image competition organised annually between:

 

Best images from each society’s competitions and submitted into one of four competitions – Open, Monochrome, Nature and Our Country.  Images are collectively judged and scored.

Congratulations to us! CAPA has placed first overall. This is our third consecutive year winning this competition! CAPA also placed first in 3 of the 4 categories – the Nature, Open and the Our Country categories. In additional, individual members took first place in 3 of the 4 categories – the Nature, Open and the Our Country categories, as well as winning several of the Honorable Mention awards.

The Country Placings are:

Canada – CAPA 5396 1st
Australia – APS 4964 2nd
New Zealand – PSNZ 4856 3rd
South Africa – PSSA 4817 4th

 

The results from the 4 categories are:

Nature

Canada 1081 1st
Australia 1006 2nd
South Africa 1001 3rd
New Zealand 921 4th

 

Nature Individual awards

Photographer Country Title Award
Campbell Hastings Canada Kestral with Mouse Gold
Kobie Rautenbach South Africa Flying Mammal HM
Dave Van de Laar Canada Red Fox HM
Johan Jordaan South Africa Vossie met Muis HM
Gold Medal Image – “Kestral With Mouse” taken by Campbell Hastings.

 

Our Country

Canada 1047 1st
New Zealand 933 2nd
Australia 882 3rd
South Africa 851 4th

 

Our Country Individual awards

Photographer Country Title Award
Rachel Schneiderman Canada World’s Longest Skating Rink Gold
James Gibson New Zealand A Light in the Darkness HM
Mieke Boynton Australia Angry Skies HM
Joseph Tam Australia Sydney Ferrython HM
Gold Medal Image – “World’s Longest Skating Rink” photographed by Rachel Schneiderman.

 

Monochrome

Australia 980 1st
New Zealand 926 2nd
Canada 908 3rd
South Africa 851 4th

 

Monochrome Individual awards

Photographer Country Title Award
Mark Vivian Australia Leap of Faith Gold
Ilan Wittenberg New Zealand Man in a Leather Jacket HM
Jacques du Toit South Africa Lady in Waiting HM
Bill Hodges New Zealand Here’s Looking at You HM

 

Open

Canada 2365 1st
Australia 2096 2nd
South Africa 2079 3rd
New Zealand 2076 4th

 

Open Individual Awards

Photographer Country Title Award
Dany Chan Canada Grizzley Feeding on Salmon Gold
Alexius van der Westhuize South Africa Lerena vs Bolonti HM
David Scott Australia Eye to Eye HM
Rene Watteel Canada Katherine HM
Kim Falconer New Zealand Contemplation HM

 

Gold Medal Winner – Grizzly Feeding On Salmon.

Photograph of Rachel Schneiderman being presented with a 4-Nations CAPA Gold Medal by CAPA District Rep. Jonathan Ward.

 

Photograph of CAPA DR Virginia Stranaghan present Campbell Hastings with his Gold Medal. Medal was for his image Photograph of CAPA District Representative Virginia Stranaghan presenting Campbell Hastings with his Gold Medal.  Medal was presented for his image “Kestral with Mouse.”

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Competition Update – Fall 2017

New Online Uploading System

Starting this fall, CAPA has a new online competition system. The new system is similar to the one being used by many Ontario camera clubs.  A huge thanks goes out to CAPA member Lance Gitter of the Richmond Hill Camera Club who dedicated countless volunteer hours to implement and configure CAPA’s new online competition system.

Also new for the 2017-18 competition cycle, we are implementing ‘remote-judging’ for three competitions – Nature, Photo Journalism and Spring Open.  With ‘remote-judging’, competitions will be judged by individuals in different parts of the country without the need to travel to a particular club’s location.  This feature may be of interest to camera clubs and we hope that more clubs will become Competition Hosts by using ‘remote judging’.

The new online system provides for a more streamlined uploading. As with all new systems, there are a few requirements in order to have consistency when you upload images:

1. File naming Convention:

– Filenames of photographs to be uploaded may ONLY contain letters, numbers, spaces, periods(.), underscores(_) or dashes (-)

– No other punctuation is allowed in this filename or the name of its folder

2. Image Title:

– May NOT contain the club name or the photographer’s name

 Unrestricted except refrain from using the following characters:  ” ‘ 

When you upload your images, these notes will be on the screen as a reminder.

 

Competition Eligibility Criteria

There are two new items added to the eligibility criteria:

6. the submitted image must not have previously received a CAPA award such as: a CAPA medal, Certificate of Merit, Merit Award Ribbon, Honourable Award Certificate or Honour Award Ribbon

7. Do NOT enter an image simultaneously in both the ‘individual’ and ‘club’ components of a CAPA competition

A link to the eligibility criteria is in each competition description.  Please read these carefully before submitting an image for a competition.

 

Competition Standardization

It is important that entrants read and comply with all the conditions of each CAPA competition prior to submitting an image.  Competition Hosts will no longer request a re-submit for an image that does not meet the scope of a competition and the non-qualifying image will not be presented on the ‘day-of-judging.’

For clarity, there is a separate webpage for each competition.  The traditional CAPA Competition Guide has been eliminated.

For the majority of competitions, the judging criteria have been standardized:

Judges will award their scoring based on key elements such as composition, technique and subject matter.  However, the judges will have a strong emphasis on the creative message, quality of execution, innovation, and ‘wow’ factor.”

All judges will be asked to comply with these criteria when assigning their score to images.

In early May 2017, a message was sent to all CAPA members and camera clubs advising them of the new 2017-18 competitions.  Please explore all the competitions when considering submission of your images.

 

Fall Competitions

This fall there are four photo competitions:

  • Nature (Closes October 30, 2017) – has been expanded to include the promotion of responsible photographing species.
  • Fine Art (Closes October 30, 2017) – definition has been expanded and clarified.
  • Open Print (Closes October 30, 2017) – it is important to read the Competition Process for this competition to ensure you also upload a copy of your print image to the new online competition system.
  • Photo Journalism (Closes November 30, 2017) – this new competition provides an opportunity to expand your photographic abilities and to comply with photo journalism standards.

 

Club Membership Contact Information

Please keep your club’s contact information up-to-date on the CAPA website.  We use this information to send you the Canadian Camera Magazine, CAPA Monthly Newsletter , Competition Updates, and CAPA awards/prizes.

For camera clubs, we ask that contact information includes:

– Primary contact person (i.e. treasurer) with contact information

– Club President Name & email address

– Club CAPA Representative & email address

– Club Competition Contact & email address

– Communications Contact & email address

If you have any questions about CAPA Competitions, please email the Director of Competitions (Sheldon Boles) at competitions@capacanada.ca

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for three CAPA members to volunteer for the new Photo Critique Forums on the CAPA Website. We already have two volunteers but we need three more. This is not an onerous time commitment, the initial planning phase may take a bit more but the volunteers would be looking at an hour or two each week or more if the volunteer wants. Volunteers don’t need any special website experience beyond basic computer and Internet skills. Their role will be to answer questions, facilitate discussion, keep topics on track, and generally be helpful to people using the Photo Critique Forums. This may be of particular interest to people who are interested in online judging as there are some similar components.

The Photo Critique Forums will allow CAPA members to submit photos and give photo critiques. Members can discuss a photo or compare photos, in a message string below each photo. Members can upload their own photos when ever they want, and comment on other’s work whenever they want. There could be assignments. All the details are not worked out yet as we would like to have the full complement of volunteers before decisions on how it will work are made.

If you would like to volunteer in the Photo Critique Forums please contact Sheena Wilkie directly at  webmanager@capacanada.ca. If you know of someone you think would be interested please put them in touch with Sheena.

CCM Editorial Calendar

 Attention CAPA Members:

We need submissions for upcoming issues. Canadian Camera is your magazine! We welcome your story ideas, news items, portfolios and reviews.

 Attention CAPA Clubs:

Ðo you have a news announcement, an event, something going on? Please let us know!

We do reserve the right to accept or reject material as we see fit. And we reserve the unrestricted right to edit, crop and comment editorially on all submitted material. We make every effort to achieve a balance of views, subject matter and geographical representation of our members.

How to Send Material:

Please write your story idea as a paragraph or outline of what you would like to write an article about and send it with several low-res photos to editor-in-chief@capacanada.ca;

Editorial Calendar 2017/2018 – submission deadlines

 WINTER 2017
Content Deadline – October 1st
Advertising Deadline – October 30th
All About the Gear – Photography equipment and software

 SPRING 2018
Content Deadline – January 10th
Advertising Deadline – January 30th
Photographers as Journalists and Conservationists – Photography changing the world

SUMMER 2018
Content Deadline – April 10th
Advertising Deadline – April 30th
Water, Water, Everywhere – Photographs that include water – tips and tricks – water droplets – seascapes – waterfalls – lakeside – water sports

FALL 2018
Content Deadline – July 10th
Advertising Deadline – July 30th
Creative Post Processing – Creative tips and tutorials for post processing your photographs, including software types, tutorials, and reviews.

WINTER 2018
Content Deadline – October 1st
Advertising Deadline – October 30th
Travel Photography – best destinations, best equipment and best photos

SPRING 2019
Content Deadline – January 10th
Advertising Deadline – January 30th
Special Effects in Camera – Long Exposure, Multiple Exposure, Infrared, Motion Blur, Intentional Camera Movement