Position Available Editor of Canadian Camera

Join the CAPA team to continue the excellence of the Canada Camera magazine. Editorial experience along with an understanding of the organization is required. With a quarterly publishing schedule the workflow requires ongoing exchange with contributors, ramping up towards publication deadlines Requirements include, an excellent command of the English language, proficiency with Word and Excel. Experience using a style guide an asset.

 Editor

  • Serve as Editor-in-Chief for Canadian Camera Magazine
  • Develop and implement a plan for four issues per year, both print and digital
  • Develop an overall theme for each quarterly issue
  • Create a plan for relevant content
  • Find and engage contributors of content
  • Select and edit the content
  • Oversee the advertising manager, and graphic designer – who does the layout
  • Serve as Editor-in-Chief for newsletter CAPA Monthly News and any other regular Canada-wide communications that are sent to members
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with advertisers and sponsors across all CAPA programs
  • Liaison with the printers
  • Manage the mailing lists in association with the Membership Director
  • Via MailChimp manage the collection and distribution of both print and digital editions of the magazine
  • Answer all related inquiries

This is a paid position reporting to the President.

Please forward a resume by no later than January 20, 2018 to Rod Trider – President, CAPA

email : President@capacanada.ca

Position Available Web Manager

Join the CAPA team to continue the excellence of service provided to our membership. The new CAPA web site was designed using current WordPress themes for ease of administration and to provide future flexibility. You will work with a great group to provide ongoing member support and to keep the site content current.

A detailed understanding and experience in WordPress, database management and MailChimp as well as an excellent command of the English language is required.

This is a part time position requiring on-going monitoring of email inquiries with additional time for content updates or special projects based on an hourly rate.

Web Manager

  • Serve as Web Manager for capacanada.ca
  • Overall management of website and specialized module issues
  • Develop and implement a year-round plan for ongoing fresh and relevant content – updates weekly
  • Create content, find content
  • Keep all areas of the website current and interesting
  • Select and edit content for the website for relevance and appropriateness
  • Develop, implement and maintain a style guide for the website
  • Work with the volunteers providing specialized content modules, specifically the Entry Wizard System for Competitions and the Paid Memberships Pro system for memberships.
  • Oversee and manage the Website Developers and other contracted businesses working on the website (wpcloud etc.)
  • Work regularly with Zone Directors and Board members to ensure their area of the organization is represented correctly and interestingly on the website
  • Serve as first responder to website users requiring help with logging in and access to website content
  • Answer or forward all inquiries about the organization and membership
  • Overall management of CAPA mailing lists in MailChimp in association with the Membership Director
  • Ensure that CAPA complies with relevant privacy regulations
  • Manage the membership database in PMPro
  • Set up and manage new paid CAPA events in the Events Module within the website
  • Set up and manage the biennial Canadian Camera Conference events in the Events Module within the website
  • Set up and manage the Photo Critique Forums within the website
  • Manage CAPA messaging on social media, including Facebook – weekly updates

 

This is a paid position reporting to the President.

Please forward a resume by no later than January 20, 2018 to Rod Trider – President, CAPA

email : President@capacanada.ca

New Pacific Zone Director

We are sad to see Dennis Ducklow leave  his position as Pacific Zone Director. Thank you Dennis for your work on the CAPA board.

Please welcome Lynda Miller as she steps into her new role as Pacific Zone Director, effective January 1, 2018. Lynda’s first real photo experience was at Okanagan Photographic Art Workshops in 2002,  That fall, she joined the Central Okanagan Photographic Society.  From this beginning, to a few years later, Lynda became the President of COPS.  Lynda has made numerous presentations at clubs and workshops in the Okanagan and the Lower-mainland.  She recently became a certified CAPA judge.

Lynda has been the District Representative for the Central Interior District of the Pacific Zone of CAPA for seven years.

 

 

 

Error in CC Winter Issue

Our apologies, it appears we have published the 2016 competition results, not the 2017 competition results, in the winter issue of Canadian Camera. You can view the 2017  club winners  here  and individual winners here.

Competition Winners – 2017 Photo Journalism – Club

Gold Medal - Lois DeEll- Age Does Not Matter
Gold Medal - Racine Erland - The Bridal Shoot Racine Erland
Gold Medal - Bob Skelton - Crisis In Kashar
Gold Medal - Cim MacDonald - The Dowry
Gold Medal - Willie Harvie - Two Hats
Gold Medal - Tony Paine - Total Eclipse August 21 2017
Silver Medal - Dean Hirtle - Air Force Precision
Silver Medal - Fred Greene - MotoCross In Mud
Silver Medal - Joyce SK Chew - C2 Duo Paddles For Gate
Silver Medal - Laszlo Podor - Shooting
Silver Medal - Marg Nolen - No Backing Up
Silver Medal - Viki Gaul - Loosing His Grip
Bronze Medal - Frankie Chan - Dragon Boat Racing
Bronze Medal - Harvey Ash - No One But You
Bronze Medal - Grant Dale - Street Musician
Bronze Medal - Julie Brocca - Playing On Queen Street
Bronze Medal - Katherine Wong - Courtship Race In Mongolia
Bronze Medal - Rhonda Starr - Signs Of The Time
1st Place Merit Ribbon - Amir El Etr - Maple Spring Protest
2nd Place Merit Ribbon - Bob Skelton - Crisis In Kashgar
3rd Place Merit Ribbon - Frankie Chan - Dragon Boat Racing

Competitions Winners & Awards

Honourable Mention:

Merit Awardtrillum photographic Club

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the host – CAPA Director of Competitions

 

Burnaby Photographic Showcase

For the 22nd year the Burnaby Photographic Society is presenting an evening of images set to music, designed to entertain friends, family and fellow photography enthusiasts while demonstrating the talents and skills of their members.

Showcase will sweep you off to exotic places and cultures, and bring you up close to wildlife, fine art, humourous situations, and visual surprises.

Tickets come with a chance to win valuable door prizes. Also, the free print display in the Shadbolt Centre’s lobby will run all week from Sunday afternoon, January 21st through Saturday, January 27th.

Sheena Wilkie Leaving

It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Sheena Wilkie will be leaving her positions with CAPA, effective December 31, 2017. Sheena has been a mainstay of CAPA for the past ten years, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Camera Magazine and in many other capacities. She was on the organizing committee as Communications Chair for the Vancouver Canadian Camera Conference, CAPA Photo Expo, in 2015.

More recently, Sheena took on the New CAPA Website, bringing this complex project to its completion with the successful launch in early May 2017. She has served as Web Manager since, ensuring that issues were dealt with quickly and efficiently, and that our members were looked after if there were questions about logging in or using the website.

Members of the CAPA Directors and National Council will especially miss her organizational knowledge, expertise and insight. In the words of our President, Rod Trider:

I am personally saddened to see her go, especially after having the opportunity to work so closely with her the last two years on the new web site. Her thoughtful input, understanding of our organization and of course sense of humor will be greatly missed. I wish her well in any new endeavour and adventure she takes on in the future.

And as with all good editors, Sheena gets the last word:

Thank you all for the fun and friendship. I have enjoyed my ten years volunteering for CAPA, and my work as Editor and most recently Web Manager. It has been a pleasure working with all of you. I feel like we’re family after all these years. But the time has come for a change, I am eager for new experiences.  In the new year I look forward to spending more time with my family, traveling, and focusing on my own artistic endeavors, both in photography and in the art world. You will see me around the photography club circuit, and I will continue to be a CAPA member and supporter of CAPA.

Photoshop @ Abbotsford Photo Arts Club

Photoshop Techniques Workshop with Peter Levey on  January 27, 2018

Join avid educator Peter Levey for ideas, techniques, and tips to improve your images in Photoshop and other post production programs.

This full day workshop will assist you in achieving that WOW factor from your images

  • Layers, Masking & Blending
  • Advanced Selection Techniques
  • Repair tools including Spot Healing, Patch Tool, Content-aware Move Tool.
  • Intelligent Upsampling without the need for Plugins for upscaling smaller images
  • Image Merge – Panorama and HDR using RAW files

This workshop is suitable to photographers at any stage of their journey – from totally newbie to fully experienced enthusiast.

Registration:
Registration is limited to 60 photographers to ensure to ensure a personal and interactive learning experience. The fee for the day is only $59 for pre-registration and $65.00 at the door (cash only).

Location:
The workshop will be held in the Community Services facility, 2nd floor of the Center Ice complex, 3600 Townline Rd, Abbotsford, BC.  (Corner of Townline Rd and Blue Ridge Drive).

More information and to register visit:  Peter Levey Workshop

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

Gold Medal - Mary Chambers - Cheetah Chase
Gold Medal - Mary Chambers - Leopard In Tree
Gold Medal - Mary Chambers - Wildebeest Leap
Gold Medal - Mary Chambers -  The Observer
Silver Medal - Norm Dougan - Foggy Bugle
Silver Medal - Norm Dougan - Shady Roost
Silver Medal - Norm Dougan - Western Tanager
Silver Medal - Norm Dougan - Pileated Woodpecker
Bronze Medal - Ilana Block - European Bee Eaters
Bronze Medal - Ilana Block - Common Tern Feeding Baby
Bronze Medal - Ilana Block - Female Anhinga And Fish
Bronze Medal - Ilana Block - Chukar Drinking
1st Place Merit Award - Pat Zuest - Grizzly Bear Juvenile Fighting
2nd Place Merit Award - Robert Parker - A Fine Catch CAPA
3rd Place Merit Award -Mary Chambers - Wildebeest Leap
1st Place Botany Award - John Lyon - Renewal

Competition Winners & Awards

Gold Medal – Mary Chambers

Silver Medal – Norman Dougan

Bronze Medal – Ilana Block

Honourable Mention:

  • Robert Parker
  • Bruce Carmody
  • Gary Zeng
  • Missy Mandel
  • David Lindey
  • Mike Wooding
  • Leah Gray
  • Murray Oneill
  • Barbara Marszalek

Merit Awards:

  • 1st Place – Pat Zuest
  • 2nd Place – Robert Parker
  • 3rd Place – Mary Chambers

Botany Award:

  • John Lyon

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

Competition Winners – 2017 Photo Journalism – Individuals

Gold Medal - Yung Niem -
Gold Medal - Yung - Niem Hamelin -
Gold Medal - Yung Niem -
Gold Medal - Yung Niem -
Silver Medal - William Dai -
Silver Medal - William Dai -
Silver Medal - William Dai -
Silver Medal - William Dai -
Bronze Medal - Robert Parker Agony Of Defeat Capa
Bronze Medal - Robert Parker Defeated
Bronze Medal - Robert Parker Drained Of Emotion Capa
Bronze Medal - Robert Parker Essence Of Victory Capa
1st Place Merit Award - Jim Hatch -
2nd Place Merit Award - Yung Niem -
3rd Place Merit Award - Yung Niem -

Competition Winners & Awards

Gold Medal – Yung Niem

Silver Medal – William Dai

Bronze Medal – Robert Parker

Honourable Mention

  • Janet Slater
  • Phil Norton
  • Gail Mager
  • Wendy Royer
  • David Bellerive
  • Henry Schnell

Merit Awards:

  • 1st Place – Jim Hatch (Langley Camera Club) – “Flood Season”
  • 2nd Place – Yung Niem (Richmond Hill Camera Club) – “Hamelin at ISU Short Track”
  • 3rd Place – Yung Niem (Richmond Hill Camera Club) – “Federa at Rogers Cub”

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the hosting club – Director of Competitions

Competition Winners – 2017 Nature – Club

Gold - Betty Chan - Hyenas Feasting
Gold - Janet Balon - Great Grey Owl
Gold - Kala Lakhani - Eagle's Determination
Gold - Nicholas Tian - Two Bald Eagles And An American Shad
Gold - Rob Kline - Kings On The March South Georgia Island
Gold - Ron Goodlin - The Long Journey King Penguin Chicks South Georgia Island
Silver - Philip Chang - Attack From Back
Silver - Wei He - Lions Hunting
Silver - Sarah Hei - The Blue Serenity
Silver - Yongle Chen - Mt Seceda
Silver - Yun Wang - Flamingo Landing
Silver - Zhiwen Li - No Escape
Bronze - Bryan Urquhart - Female Blue Bird
Bronze - Christine Lowden - Crossed Words
Bronze - Herman Ouwersloot - Sulphur
Bronze - Judy Flint - Hummingbird At Flower
Bronze - Kave Van De Laar - Belted Kingfisher
Bronze - Randy Lowden - Barn Swallow
Botany #1 - Hugh McKervill - Back Yard Mushroom
Botany #2 - Marion Sensen - Ahinahina Plant
Merit #1 - Viki Gaul - Great Blue Heron And His Catch
Merit #2 - Laurie Milne - Would You Like Flies With That
Merit #3 David Seldon Heron With Fish

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

Richmond Hill Camera Club associate CAPA club rep, Isabel Kelly receiving Nature Gold Medal from Club Host Chairperson Lance Gitter

 

Richmond Hill Camera Club members (from left to right): Ron Goodlin, Kala Lakhani & Rob Kline, 3 of the 6 photographers receive Gold Certificates from CAPA associate Club Rep Isabel Kelly

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”

January 2018

Our monthly Competition News is aimed at providing all CAPA members and camera clubs with timely information relating to our competitions.

For this month, we have included information below under the appropriate title.

Posted Final Competition Reports & Winning Images

The final reports for all our Fall 2017 competitions are now posted on our Competition Reports webpage. 

To view these results, a CAPA members or camera club representative must first login to our website with the appropriate username and password.  Once logged in, select the Competition Reports option found on the Competitions dropdown menu. 

If the Competition Reports option is not included then you are not logged in. 

Winning images for the Fall 2017 competitions are now included on the appropriate webpage:

Winners – Club  

– Winners – Individual

Comment From Judges

Based on judging our Photo Journalism competition, Glenn Springer (CAPA Judge) provided his suggestions to all photographers: 

I’m trying to think, “If I had just one suggestion for makers entering competitions, it would be…”?

– “your picture needs to tell a story”.

But you need to have your other ducks in a row too…

– What’s the subject? If the viewer doesn’t see the subject in the first 3/10ths of a millisecond, forget it.

– The obvious technical stuff. Focus, exposure, composition, no unintended artifacts and so on. Always take a last walk around your image before hitting “send”.

Remember that the judges are human too. Some of them are deathly afraid of spiders. Others hate cats. Although they try to be objective, in the real world that’s tough. Take their comments as constructive criticism and learn by them. Or just laugh!

Reminder For All Competitions

Prior to entering a CAPA competition, it is essential to read and comply with all the terms and conditions outlined in the competition.

In the event you are unsure if your image falls within the scope of the competition, please email the respective Competition Host well in advance of the ‘closing-day’ of the competition.

For our Fall 2017 competitions, several images were disqualified for the following reasons: 

– same image entered in both the “Individual” and “Club” competitions
– human element was contained in a Nature competition submission
– exceeding the restricted editing criteria
– watermark on the image
– image did not fall within the scope of the competition

Forthcoming 2018 Competition

As a reminder, we have two forthcoming competitions in January and February:

Black & White Competition

Creative Altered Reality

 Club Enquires About Digital Projectors

We have had a couple enquires on what would be the most appropriate and economical digital projector for camera clubs.

Dr. Robert Ito (CAPA Director of Photographic Imaging) has provided the following comments about digital projectors:

Very few projectors are ideal for projecting digital images.   Projector should be a sRGB compliant device having a display resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher.  If the projector specifications do not include sRGB then it is not sRGB compliant.

The Optima projectors have 8 business class (XGA and WXGA) projects with sRGB in the specifications and one Home Theatre (1920 x 1080) projector (EH345) in the offerings.  Canon does have a sRGB compliant projector – LX-MU500.  However this projector is likely too bright for camera clubs.

December 2017

Our monthly Competition Update webpage is aimed at providing all CAPA members and camera clubs with timely information relating to our competitions.

For this month, I have included information below under the appropriate title.

 

Disqualifying Of Competition Image

For the Fall 2017 competitions, a number of submitted images have been disqualified for a variety of reasons.

It is critical that you read all the details of the competition and the CAPA Eligibility Criteria prior to entering a CAPA competition. Do not assume by the competition title that your images will be automatically accepted into the competition.

If you have questions about whether your images will be accepted or not, please email the respective Competition Host. It is the responsibility of the Competition Host to review all submitted images, prior to them being presented on the ‘day-of-judging.’   Only images which meet the competition details and CAPA Eligibility Criteria will be presented to the judges.

Here are some of the reasons why images were disqualified in our Fall 2017 competitions:

– same image entered in both the “Individual” and “Club” competitions
– human element was contained in a Nature competition submission
– exceeding the restricted editing criteria
– watermark on the image
– image did not fall within the scope of the competition

 

CAPA Eligibility Criteria Updates

 As we gain more experience with our new online competition system and remote judging, the CAPA Eligibility Criteria will be updated.

The recent updates to the CAPA Eligibility Criteria are outlined below with the associated rationale:

By virtue of submitting an image, the photographer agrees that:

9 – they will NOT enter an identical or simultaneously the same images or one that is substantially the same in both the ‘individual‘ and ‘club‘ components of a CAPA competition;

Rationale: We are finding incidents where two images were taken moments apart with one being entered in the ‘Individual’ and ‘Club’ competitions. The best of the two image should be entered in one of the competition not both.

Acceptable Filenames And Titles – have been included at the bottom of the Eligibility Criteria webpage and includes examples.  In addition, the same information has been added to the respective Competition Submission page.

These new changes to the Eligibility Criteria do not take effect until January 1, 2018. Check out the CAPA Eligibility Criteria here.

 

Posted Competition Results

The following webpages have been updated to included the results from the Nature, Fine Art and Print competitions:

Winners – ClubCHECK OUT WEBPAGE HERE

Winners – IndividualCHECK OUT WEBPAGE HERE

 

Uploaded CAPA Medal Presentations

For our new website, we have commenced a process of photographing the CAPA medal presentation being made to medal winners. Images are added to the bottom of the respective competition found in the Winners – Club or Winners – Individual webpage.

Some recent presentations can be found on the following webpages:

‘4 Nations’ Competition – photograph of Rachel Schneiderman and Campbell Hasting receiving their Gold Medal – CHECK OUT WEBPAGE HERE
Fine Art – Club Competition Bronze medal presentation to the Langley Camera Club – CHECK OUT WEBPAGE HERE

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

The Call of the Loon By Mark Lachovsky

Loon With Baby
Loon With Baby
Loon With Baby
Loon Spreading Wings
Loon On The Move
Loon On Nest
Loon Flying
Loon Family
Loon Family
Loon Family With Heron
Loon
Loon Dance
Loon Dance
Loon Dance
Eggs

When call of the Loon breaks my early morning sleep I know it is time to pop out of bed, grab a snack, some water and my camera. The kayak is waiting for me on the dock as I slowly slip it into the water and head off in search of the sound makers.

I am fortunate to have a house on a lake that welcomes Loons every summer. For the past 7 years I have had the opportunity to spend dozens of hours and captured many thousands of frames of these stunning creatures.

Sliding silently through the water allowed me to observe and capture Loons in various acts of natural behavior. A rare opportunity to live through my own personal nature show.

I have observed a pair of adults nesting and caring for their kids; fighting among rival unwelcome visitors;  one day old babies taking their first swim, being fed by their parents and losing their fuzz on the way to adulthood. I’ve also shared sad moments like when an adult had a fishing hook embedded in its beak and when the couple lost a baby and were crying as they desperately searched everywhere for it.

More importantly I am grateful that they invited me into the family to observe, share and capture some amazing moments with them.

These images included include a variety of the scenes I captured over the years, I hope you enjoy them.

 

About Mark

Mark Lachovsky is a self-taught photographer. Born in Montreal, where he has lived all his life, Mark’s first experience with photography was in high school working on the year book. Moving through university, he gained further experience working in various areas including freelance work with music magazines and University newspapers, writing and taking pictures.

Over the years Mark’s interest focused more on the beauty that nature has to offer. After, waiting for digital technology to improve to a level closer to that of slide film, Mark finally jumped into the digital world. Though there are positives and negatives to digital technology, the positives now outweigh the negatives particularly in terms of speed and flexibility.

Within the scope of nature, areas of interest include African wildlife, birds and the world beneath the oceans. Multiple visits to Africa provided opportunities to view a stunning variety of wildlife up close in their natural habitat. Mark has had the opportunity to photograph in other locations while traveling but spends a lot of time shooting wildlife in the Montreal area. In summers Mark is often out in his kayak in the early mornings looks for the many local or migratory species to capture.

Other areas of interest include portraits of people (particularly in Africa), underwater and landscapes.

“The key in making images that stand out is capturing the essence of the subject. Ideally with warm light on the subject, eye contact, an unusual angle or expression and freezing that special moment in time allows for the viewer to be part of the experience.”

To view more of Mark’s work please visit: www.marklachovsky.com

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