2023 Annual Photo Challenge (Portrait) Competition

Annual Photo Challenge 2023

Sponsored by Tamron

Theme – Portraiture


Scope of Competition

For the purposes of this competition, a portrait is the likeness of a person or a small group of individuals, in which the face(s) and expressions are predominant.

The objective is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person(s).  Focus of a portrait is the person’s face – although the entire body and the background may be included.

Photographers are free to use ambient, flash and/or strobe lighting as they may require.

Portraits of fictional/imaginary individual(s) are not acceptable.  However, self-portraitures are permitted.

Submitted portrait can be either colour or monochrome.


Competition Details (click arrow for more details)


Studio Setting – portrait is when a subject(s) are posed and image is captured in a studio where background and lighting is configured to set a mood which best compliments the subject and tells a story.

Environmental Setting – portrait (e.g. blacksmith, firemen at the station, chef in the kitchen, paramedic with ambulance, etc…). Portrait can be taken in-doors or outdoors with or without artificial lighting.

For the Environmental Setting theme, image can be staged or candid, and should tell a story.  The face(s) and expressions of the subjects must be predominant.

Editing Criteria

  1. Eligibility Criteria – Prior to submitting any photo in a CAPA competition, all entrants must first read the CAPA Eligibility Criteria relating to images submissions. – READ ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA HERE
  2. Open Editing – All different in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques can be used. This includes combining multiple layers to create the final image. The entrant must have taken all components of the final images. Digital frame, pin-line, borders and mats not are permitted in this competition.  Colour, infrared, monochrome and HDR images will be accepted.

Image Specifications


Title of Image

When images are uploaded into a competition, you are required to enter the title of your image into the Title Field.  Title can be in either  English or French or both.

Do Not: enter your name, the name of the photographer or the club name in the Title Field (that is for the Title of the image)

Do Not: include punctuation or symbols (such as / –_  , ; : ‘’ “” ! ? & $%*{} [ ] @ # &) or quotation marks in the Title of your image.

The Image Title should be simple, and introduce or set the mood or perspective for your image.  For example:  Sublime Nova Scotia Sunset

A weak image title, such as ‘pretty flower,’ will fail to stimulate the judge’s interest in the image and may result in a lower score than expected.

Image File Name

Do Not: include punctuation marks or symbols such as / , ; : ‘’ “” ! ? & $%*{} [ ] @ # &) or quotation marks in the Image File name. For example, do not use: “NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER”it_a_red rose”.jpg”

The image file name that you create prior to uploading into this competition should also be simple, and could be the same as the Image Title. For example: John Snow-Sublime Nova Scotia Sunset

Image Size – Dimensions

You must ensure your image is re-sized to meet the following two parameters:

  1. Saved as a jpg image with a maximum file size of 1.8 MB.
  2. Dimensions: Maximum horizontal size: 1400 pixels and maximum vertical size: 1050 pixels.

Note: Images smaller than the maximum dimensions will ONLY be accepted when one of the image edges has a horizontal size is 1400 pixels or the vertical size is 1050 pixels.  For example: square image – 1050 x 1050 pixels; landscape 1400 x 800 pixels; or portrait 700 x 1050 pixels.

Note: Images will NOT be rotated by the judges and will scored as submitted.

During the uploading process of your image, our online competition system will verify if the image is less than 1.8 MB and meets the two parameters.

If your image fails this verification process, you will receive an error message and it will appear below the upload image box.

Depending on the error message – you will need to either reduce the file size of the image to be 1.8 MB or less or re-size the dimensions of your image.  After doing so, please re-try uploading your image.

Suggestions – Use sRGB colour space for your image.  For colour accuracy: we strongly recommend that you calibrate your monitor to ensure colour accuracy from your monitor to the image projected to the judges.

Judging Criteria

  1. Image title should complement or contribute to the vision or message being presented in the image.
  2. Judges will award their scoring based on creative vision and the story telling value of an image along with the pictorial quality and technical quality (e.g. quality of execution, innovation, creativity, and ‘wow’ factor) as well as the degree that the image is within the Scope of the Theme.

Competition Processes

  • Competition Coordinator – CAPA Director of Competitions – competitions@capacanada.ca
  • Closing Date of Competition – May 4, 2023 at midnight Central Standard Time (Ontario).
  • Open To – All paid-up individual CAPA members, CAPA family membership members, youth membership and CAPA life-members.
  • CAPA ‘Individual’ Competition for only CAPA Individual members.
  • How To Enter Competition – check out our How To Upload Images To CAPA Competition here.


Special Notes

  • For this competition, an entrant can submit a maximum of four images.  However a maximum of two images can be entered in each theme.  
  • Only for this competition – CAPA Medals will be awarded for each theme.
  • Questions about the scope of the competition and/or the editing criteria should be directed to the Competition Coordinator prior to the closing day of the competition.