December 2018 Competition News

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ON1 PHOTO RAW 2019 DISCOUNT

The On1 Corporation is providing CAPA members with a discount price on their new On1 Photo RAW 2019.

The discount code is contained in the “Discount” section of the MEMBERS portion of our website. To view the MEMBERS’ categories, you will need to log into our CAPA website using your username and password.

COMPETITION: SEEKING CLARIFICATION

Over the past few weeks, we have received several enquires seeking clarification on specific points. Each of these enquires are listed below along with our corresponding response:

  1. QUESTION: Regarding the 2019 Monochrome competition, I wondering which of the theme (Human, Landscape, Architecture, Flower/Plants, Animal) I would select to upload an image of a vehicle or aircraft?
    RESPONSE: The answer is Architecture. CAPA defines architecture as “the capture by means of photography of the activity of designing and constructing buildings and other physical structures by a person or a machine. A wider definition often includes design of the total built environment, from the macro level of how a building ingrates with its surrounding man made landscape to the micro level of architectural details and some times, furniture.”The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines architecture as “formation or construction resulting from or as if from a conscious act” and “a unifying or coherent form or structure.”
  2. QUESTION: Is Sepia accepted in the Monochome competition?
    RESPONSE: – Yes. Sepia is a form of photographic print toning – a tone added to a black and white photograph in the darkroom to “warm” up the tones (though since it is still a monochromatic image it is still considered black and white).
  3. QUESTION: I’ve heard a rumour that CAPA now is not permitting older images to be entered into a CAPA competition. Could you confirm this point?
    RESPONSE: In July 2018, we updated our CAPA Eligibility Criteria to include the following in italic:
    The photographer asserts and agrees “that I will endeavour to submit a current image for a CAPA competition.” This provision was added as a requirement for CAPA images to be accepted into the international Four Nations competition. As the outlines, the new revision states ‘endeavour’ and does not state ‘must’ or ‘should.’  Therefore, we leave it to the good judgement of each photographer.  The Director of Competitions will not be checking the image’s metadata details for the date of capture nor for the date the image was processed.

2018 NATURE COMPETITION

The winners of this competition are now posted on our website. You can view the winning images and results on the Competitions’ Winners – Club and Winners – Individual webpages.

2018 FINE ART COMPETITION

This competition had many outstanding images submitted and the judges were challenged to select the winning images.

You can view the winning images and results on the Competitions’ Winners – Club and Winners – Individual webpages.

2019 ALTERED REALITY COMPETITION

Traditionally, this competition attracts some of the most interesting and amazing photographic creations.

We encourage you to consider entering your images into this competition. However, it is important that you first read the competition details prior to submitting your images.

Competition closes on January 15, 2019 and is being hosted by CAPA Member Lance Gitter – FCAPA.

2019 MONOCHROME COMPETITION

This competition closes on January 30, 2019 and is being hosted by the Director of Competitions.

If you have questions about this competition, please email the Director at competitions@capacanada.ca

It is CAPA’s intention to offer services to its members in both English and French. With this in mind, we are working to the best of our abilities on French translations of the website’s main pages. This is a demanding task and will require some time to achieve. We appreciate your patience.
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Décembre 2018, nouvelles des concours

PHOTO RAW 2019 OFFERT À PRIX RÉDUIT PAR ON1

La société On1 offre son nouveau logiciel Photo RAW 2019 à prix réduit aux membres de l’ACAP.
Le code requis pour profiter de cette offre est disponible dans la section ‘’Discounts’’ de la partie réservée aux membres de notre site Web. Vous devez être connecté sur le site Web de l’ACAP à l’aide de votre nom d’usager et de votre mot de passe pour que la section ‘’Members’’ du menu principal soit visible.

CONCOURS : DEMANDES DE CLARIFICATIONS

Nous avons reçu plusieurs demandes au cours des dernières semaines en vue d’obtenir des éclaircissements sur des points spécifiques. Toutes ces demandes sont énumérées dans la liste ci-dessous et chacune est accompagnée de la réponse correspondante que nous avons écrite :

  1. QUESTION: En ce qui concerne le concours ‘’Monochrome 2019’’, je me demande quel thème choisir (humain, paysage, architecture, fleurs/plantes, animaux) pour soumettre l’image d’un véhicule ou d’un aéronef ?
    RÉPONSE: La réponse est ‘’architecture’’. L’ACAP définit l’architecture comme ‘’ la capture par le biais de la photographie d’une activité consistant à concevoir ou construire des bâtiments ou d’autres structures matérielles par une personne ou par une machine. Une définition plus large inclue souvent la conception de tout notre environnement construit, depuis l’échelle macro qui décrit comment les bâtiments s’intègrent à leur environnement paysager jusqu’à l’échelle micro qui inclue des détails architecturels et même parfois l’ameublement.’’ Le dictionnaire Merriam-Webster définit l’architecture comme ‘’un aménagement ou une construction qui résulte ou qui semble résulter d’un acte conscient’’ et un aménagement ou une structure intégré ou cohérent.
  2. QUESTION: Est-ce que le sépia est accepté dans les concours monochrome?
    RÉPONSE: –Oui. Le sépia est une forme d’impression photographique avec une modification des tonalités- en chambre noire, on ajoute des tons de brun à une photographie noir et blanc afin de ‘’réchauffer’’ les tonalités (le résultat reste monochromatique et est considéré comme du noir et blanc)
  3. QUESTION: J’ai entendu une rumeur à l’effet que l’ACAP permet maintenant que des anciennes images soient soumises dans un concours de l’ACAP. Pouvez-vous le confirmer ?
    RÉPONSE: En juillet 2018, nous avons mis-à-jour notre section ‘’Critères d’éligibilités de l’ACAP’’ afin d’ajouter le texte suivant en italique : Le photographe certifie et convient que ‘’ Je m’efforcerai de soumettre une image récente pour les compétitions de l’ACAP’’. Cet article a été ajouté dans les critères d’admissibilité afin que les images de l’ACAP soient acceptées au concours international Four Nations Competition. Il est écrit ‘’je m’efforcerai’’ plutôt que “je dois’’ ou ‘’je devrais’’. Cette décision est donc laissée au bon jugement du photographe. Le directeur des concours ne consultera pas les métadonnées d’une image afin de vérifier la date de création ou de post-traitement de l’image.

2018 CONCOURS LA NATURE

Les noms des gagnants de ce concours sont maintenant affichés sur notre site Web. Vous pouvez voir les images gagnantes et les résultats sur les pages web accessibles par le menu principal en suivant ‘’Competitions’’ – ‘’Winners–Club’’ ou bien ‘’Winners – Individual’’.

2018 CONCOURS LES BEAUX ARTS

Plusieurs images exceptionnelles ont étés soumises à ce concours et la sélection des images gagnantes a constitué un défi pour les juges.
Vous pouvez voir les images gagnantes et les résultats sur les pages web accessibles par le menu principal en suivant ‘’Competitions’’ – ‘’Winners–Club’’ ou bien ‘’Winners – Individual’’.

2019 CONCOURS REALITÉ ALTÉRÉE

Traditionnellement, ce concours reçoit des créations photographiques parmi les plus intéressantes et les plus étonnantes qui soient.
Nous vous encourageons à soumettre vos images à ce concours. Toutefois, il est important de lire d’abord la description détaillée du concours avant de le faire.
Le concours se termine le 15 janvier 2019 et sera l’hôte de Lance Gitter, membre de l’ACAP, FCAPA.

2019 CONCOURS MONOCHROME

Ce concours se termine le 30 janvier 2019 et sera l’hôte du directeur des concours.
Si vous avez des questions à propos de ce concours, alors transmettez-les par courriel au directeur à l’adresse competitions@capacanada.ca.

L’ACAP veut offrir à ses membres des services en français et en anglais. Avec cet objectif en tête, nous travaillons au meilleur de nos capacités à traduire en français les principales pages du site. Cela représente un important défi et prendra un certain temps à réaliser. Merci de votre patience.

November 2018 Competition News

Uploading of Image Size Requirements

We have received a message that an entrant could not upload their image despite the fact that the images did not exceed the maximum dimension of 1400 pixels by 1050 pixels. Our online competition system has been configured to only accept images provided that the maximum image size is 1400 pixels by 1050 pixels and that one dimension must be either 1400 pixels or 1050 pixels. If you are unable to upload an image or have a question about uploading, please email Sheldon Boles at seboles@telus.net

2019 Altered Reality Competition

The closing date for this competition is January 15, 2019. Competition is now open for the uploading of your images. The Scope of Competition remains the same as our last year’s competition. If you have any questions this competition, please email the Competition Host representative (Lance Gitter) at lance@tdpc.ca

2019 Monochrome Competition

The closing date for this competition is January 30, 2019. Competition is now open for the uploading of your images. As you will recall, our 2018 Black & White Competition was extremely popular and we received more images than expected. Consequently, the hosting of the competition was quite demanding.

To offset the management of our 2019 Monochrome competition, we have created five different themes:

  1. Human Individual/Groups (street photography is included)
  2. Landscape/City-scape/Sea-scape
  3. Architecture (inside/outside)
  4. Flowers/Plants (wild or cultivated)
  5. Animals/Birds (wild or feral)

Depending on the volume of images received, we may need to have than one team to judge specific themes.

Questions

We had a few some questions about the Animals/Birds category:

  1.  “does this mean, a bird or animal, say captured in a sanctuary or on a reserve is not included?”
    There are no restriction on images being submitted. So photographers can submit images of a bird or animal captured in a sanctuary or on a reserve.
  2.  “does the no restriction includes all kinds of animals like domestic pets or birds? Or do we stick to wild or feral?”
    All animals and bird are included.

Special Note

One point to remember for this competition is that entrants must enter at least 1 image in 2 different themes.

If you have questions about this competition, please email the Competition Host representative – Sheldon Boles at seboles@telus.net

October 2018 Competition News

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2018 FINE ART

We have received two email messages seeking clarification about the new Scope of Competition for the 2018 Fine Art competition. The points raised and the clarification provided is outlined below.

The key elements of the Scope of Competition are state:

Fine art photography has no universally agreed upon meaning or definition. However, fine art photography does go beyond just capturing an image and cropping. Therefore, an image must not be submitted into this competition if it would have qualified for a CAPA competition with a Restricted Editing Criteria such as: Nature, Photo Journalism or Wildlife.

The goal of fine art photography is in creating a fine art image is to use subjects and techniques as vehicles in the process of conveying a strong message, idea, vision and/or emotion.

So the question has been raised – “can a nature or wildlife image be submitted into the Fine Art competition with the above noted key elements?” Yes – however the image must go beyond mere capturing of an image, cropping and making minor changes to the image.

Another question raised was “can I submit a ‘once-in-a-lifetime amazing nature photo’ in the 2018 Fine Art Competition? “ No. However, this photo can be submitted in the 2018 Nature and/or the 2019 Open Theme competitions.

Why were these changes made? Over the past year, we have received many complaints that nature and wildlife images have dominated the Fine Art Competition while others felt that these images did not meet the Scope of Competition.

The emphasis in our CAPA competitions is to provide an equal opportunity for all photographers and encourage them to enter competitions when their images meet the Scope of Competition.

In reviewing the past three years of CAPA Fine Art competitions, it was discovered that:

  • It appears that the competition hosts did not pre-screen the submitted images to ensure only images that met the Scope of Competition were presented on the ‘day-of-judging’
  • Selected judges had a strong background in nature/wildlife photography

To correct this situation and ensure an equal opportunity for all photographers, the following steps have been implemented:

  • refinement of the 2018 Fine Art Competition Scope of Competition
  • three judges have been selected who are all Certified CAPA Judges and have extensive experience with the topic of Fine Art
  • updated the CAPA Competition Standards to include support for the Competition Host:

A Review Committee of two or more Certified CAPA Judges may be appointed by the Director of Competitions or the Competition Chair Person to preview images/presentations submitted to a CAPA competition to ensure all the images/presentations comply with the competition details webpage and will advise the Director or the Competition Chair Person of their findings.

  • all CAPA competition detail webpages contain a Special Note at the bottom which states: 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. For the Fine Art Competition – the Competition Coordinator is Derek Hayes (Certified CAPA Judge & recognized fine art photographer and author) – derek@derekhayes.ca

A post-competition review will be undertaken to determine if further refinements are necessary for our Fine Art competitions.

Opening Competitions for Uploading of Images

We have only opened up the three competitions for this fall because we are expecting to receive then upload the new enhancements to our online competition system.

To minimize any disruptions and the risk of loosing submitted images, we will be opening up the competitions in stages as follows:

  • November 1, 2018 – Altered Reality Competition and Monochrome Competition
  • January 1, 2018 – 2019 Open Theme Competition and 2019 A Series of 4 Photos Competition
  • February 1, 2019 – Portrait Competition
  • March 1, 2019 – 2019 Canada: My Country Competition
  • April 1, 2019 – 2019 Annual Photo Challenge Competition.

Noted open dates are 1 to 2 months prior to the closing date of the competition.

2019 Audio Visual Presentation Competition

The previous Special Note – For a club submission for this competition – at least two people must be involved in creating the audio visual presentation” has been revoked and replaced with:

CAPA individual members and camera clubs are limited to one AV submission. For a club submission for this competition, the audio visual presentation can be from 1 or 2 club members.

Monochrome Competition

  • Question: Is a sepia image admissible into the Monochrome Competition?

Response: The definition for Monochrome is what is defined by FIAP and is included below:

A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category.

Sepia is defined as “a tone added to a black and white photograph in the darkroom to “warm” up the tones (though since it is still a monochromatic image it is still considered black and white).”

Therefore, a sepia image is permitted because it is a single colour which remains a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category.

  • Question: Is there a limit on the age of photos submitted?

Response: Based on the recent rule changes for the 2019 Four Nations Competition, we have revised our CAPA Eligibility Criteria to include:

#10 – “I will endeavour to submit a current image for CAPA competitions”

We will NOT be strictly policing this point by verifying the data contained in the image’s metadata details. However, we encourage photographers to consider this new revision.

It is CAPA’s intention to offer services to its members in both English and French. With this in mind, we are working to the best of our abilities on French translations of the website’s main pages. This is a demanding task and will require some time to achieve. We appreciate your patience.

Octobre 2018, nouvelles des concours

BEAUX-ARTS 2018

Nous avons reçu deux courriels demandant des éclaircissements sur la nouvelle portée du concours beaux-arts 2018. Les points soulevés et les éclaircissements fournis sont décrits ci-dessous.

Les éléments clés de la portée du concours sont :

La photographie de beaux-arts n’a pas un sens ou une définition acceptée universellement. Cependant, la photographie de beaux- arts va bien au-delà de la capture d’une image et de son recadrage. Par conséquent, une image ne doit pas être soumise à ce concours si elle se qualifierait à un concours de l’ACAP avec des critères de post-traitement restreints tels que: nature, photo journalistique ou de la faune.

L’objectif de la photographie de beaux-arts est d’utiliser des sujets et des techniques comme moyens de transmission d’un message fort, d’une idée, d’une vision et/ou de l’émotion.

La question qui a donc été posée: « une image de la nature ou une image de la faune peut-elle être soumise au concours beaux-arts avec les éléments clés mentionnés ci-dessus? » Oui-cependant l’image doit aller au-delà de la simple capture d’une image, de son recadrage et de l’application de changements mineurs.

Une autre question posée était: «puis-je présenter une photo de nature étonnante, une photo d’une fois dans la vie dans le concours beaux-arts 2018 ?» Non. Cependant, cette photo peut être présentée dans le concours nature 2018 et/ou les concours à thème libre de 2019.

Pourquoi ces changements ont-ils été apportés? Au cours de la dernière année, nous avons reçu de nombreuses plaintes alléguant que les images de la nature et les images de la faune ont dominé le concours de beaux-arts, tandis que d’autres estiment que ces images ne répondaient pas à la portée du concours.

Les concours de l’ACAP visent à fournir une opportunité égale à tous les photographes et à les encourager à participer à des compétitions lorsque leurs images répondent à la portée du concours.

En examinant les trois dernières années du concours beaux-arts de l’ACAP, il a été découvert que:

– les responsables du concours n’avaient pas préalablement examiné les images soumises pour s’assurer que seules les images satisfaisant à la portée du concours étaient présentées lors de la «journée de jugement»
– les juges sélectionnés avaient une solide expérience en photographie de la nature et de la faune.

Pour corriger cette situation et afin d’assurer une chance égale pour tous les photographes, les étapes suivantes ont été mises en œuvre:

– raffinement des règles du concours beaux-arts 2018
– trois juges ont été sélectionnés qui sont tous des juges certifiés de l’ACAP et qui possèdent une vaste expérience sur le thème des beaux-arts
– les normes des concours de l’ACAP ont été révisées afin d’y inclure un soutien à l’hôte du concours :

Un comité de révision de deux ou plus juges certifiés de l’ACAP peut être nommé par le directeur des compétitions ou la personne responsable du concours pour prévisualiser les images/présentations soumises à un concours de l’ACAP et s’assurer que toutes les images/présentations sont conformes aux règles sur le site WEB; il avisera le directeur ou le responsable de la compétition de ses conclusions.

– au bas de toutes les pages des règles de concours de l’ACAP s’affichera la note spéciale suivante: Les questions concernant la portée du concours et/ou les critères d’édition doivent être soumises au coordonnateur de la compétition avant le jour de clôture du concours. Pour le concours des beaux-arts, le coordonnateur est Derek Hayes (juge certifié de l’ACAP, reconnu comme photographe beaux-arts et auteur) – Derek@derekhayes.ca

Suite au concours une évaluation sera initiée afin de déterminer si d’autres améliorations sont nécessaires pour nos concours beaux-arts.

CONCOURS OUVERTS POUR LE TÉLÉCHARGEMENT DES IMAGES

Seulement les trois concours de cet automne sont présentement ouverts en attendant de recevoir des mises à jour des logiciels pour améliorer le téléchargement en ligne.
Pour minimiser les perturbations et le risque de perdre des images soumises, nous allons ouvrir les concours par étapes comme suit:

– 1er novembre 2018- le concours de réalité altérée et le concours monochrome
– 1er janvier 2019 – le concours thème libre et le concours une série de quatre photos
– 1er février 2019 – le concours portrait
– 1er mars 2019 – le concours Canada : mon pays
– 1er avril 2019 – le concours défi photo annuel 2019

Les dates d’ouverture indiquées sont de 1 à 2 mois avant la date de clôture du concours.

LE CONCOURS DE PRÉSENTATION AUDIO-VISUELLE 2019

La condition précédemment annoncée : « Pour une présentation de club à ce concours, au moins deux personnes doivent être impliquées dans la création de l’œuvre audio-visuelle » a été révoquée et remplacée par ce qui suit :

Les membres individuels et les clubs de l’ACAP sont limités à une seule soumission audio-visuelle. Dans le cas de la soumission d’un club à ce concours, la présentation audio-visuelle peut être celle de 1 ou de 2 membres du club.

CONCOURS MONOCHROME

Question: une image sépia est-elle admissible dans la compétition monochrome?
Réponse: la définition de monochrome est celle définie par la FIAP et est incluse ci-dessous:

Un montage en noir et blanc partant du gris très foncé (noir) et allant au gris très clair (blanc) est un travail monochrome avec les différentes nuances de gris. Une œuvre en noir et blanc teintée entièrement d’une seule couleur restera un travail monochrome capable de se tenir dans la catégorie noir et blanc. D’autre part, une œuvre en noir et blanc teintée partiellement ou modifiée par l’addition d’une couleur devient un travail de couleur (polychrome) et devrait être présentée dans la catégorie de couleur.

Sépia est défini comme « une teinte ajoutée à une photographie en noir et blanc dans la chambre noire pour “réchauffer” les tonalités (considérant que l’image est encore une image monochromatique, elle est toujours considérée comme noir et blanc).

Par conséquent, une image sépia est autorisée parce qu’il s’agit d’une seule couleur qui reste un travail monochrome capable de se classer dans la catégorie noir et blanc.

Question: Y a-t-il une limite à l’âge des photos qui peuvent être soumises?
Réponse: Sur la base des changements récents des règles du concours des 4 nations 2019, nous avons révisé nos critères d’admissibilité pour les concours de l’ACAP pour inclure:

#10 – « Je m’efforcerai de soumettre une image récente pour les concours de l’ACAP. »

Nous n’allons pas strictement surveiller ce point en vérifiant les métadonnées de l’image. Cependant, nous encourageons les photographes à tenir compte de cette nouvelle approche.L’ACAP veut offrir à ses membres des services en français et en anglais. Avec cet objectif en tête, nous travaillons au meilleur de nos capacités à traduire en français les principales pages du site. Cela représente un important défi et prendra un certain temps à réaliser. Merci de votre patience.

Andre Reinders Honourable Mention

CAPA Atlantic Zone Director, Michiko Nishijima, presents Andre Reinders with the certificate of an Honorable Mention for his image “Mia.” The image was awarded in the Open Category of the 2018 Four Nations Competitions. While CAPA received the 1st place for this category, Andre was the only individual from CAPA who was awarded.

Andre Reinders receives an Honourable Mention for his image "Mia" in the Open Category in the 2018 Four Nations Competition
Andre Reinders receives an HM (photo by Hubert Boudreau)

Gerry Kelly

CAPA District Representative Virginia Stranaghan presents Gerry Kelly with a 2018 Four Nations Gold Medal for his image entitled “Tranquil.” The medal was awarded as being the highest scoring image in the Our Country category of the 2018 Four Nations competition. See the results from this competition here.

Gerry Kelly receives a Gold Medal
Gerry Kelly receives a Gold Medal

Rick McKenzie Merit Award

CAPA District Representative Virginia Stranaghan presents Rick McKenzie with his Gold Medal and Merit Award ribbons for the 2018 Close-Up ‘Individual’ Competition. In this competition, Rick received the Gold Medal for his four submitted image in this competition and two of these images received the 1st and 2nd Merit Award Ribbons. A great recognition for a great photographer See all of the other award winners here.

Rick McKenzie
Rick McKenzie receives an Award from Virginia Stranaghan.

2017/18 Powerpoint Presentations

David Bromley has completed the development of powerpoint presentations for all of the 2017 – 2018 winning competition images.

CAPA members and camera club can request a copy of these presentation by contact our CAPA Librarian – Henry Schnell via his email address of secretary@capacanada.ca

2018-2019 Competition Season

We have some updates for our CAPA Competitions:

Website and Bilingual Format for Competitions

Our CAPA’s online system is now in a bilingual form. We encourage you to check it out and let us know what enhancements are required.

Many thanks to Quebec Zone Director Alain Dubeau for providing us with the French translations and to our new CAPA webmaster Leah Gray for the new design of our webpages to incorporate a bilingual format.

Updated CAPA Eligibility Critera

Our CAPA Eligibility Criteria webpage serves as our ‘terms and conditions’ in participating in a CAPA competition.

We have updated our CAPA Eligibility Criteria webpage to include:

  1.  recent rule changes for the submission of images into the Four Nation
  2. compliance with the Canadian Copyright Act

You can review the updated here Eligibility Criteria here.

Under the Editing Criteria of each competition detail page, there is a reference to and a hyperlink to the Eligibility Criteria.

2018 – 2019 CAPA Competitions

For this competition cycle, we have refined some of our traditional competitions and added some new competitions:

  • 2018 Nature – updated the Editing Criteria’s Restricting Editing to be in compliance with the definition used by the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS)
  •  2018 Fine Art – expanded the Scope of Competition to include: “fine art photography does go beyond just capturing an image and cropping. Therefore, an image must not be submitted into this competition if it would have qualified for a CAPA competition with a Restricted Editing Criteria such as: Nature, Photo Journalism or Wildlife.”
  • New – 2019 Monochrome – contains five different themes: Human Individual/Groups; Landscape/Sea-scape/Sea-scape; Architecture (inside/outside); Flowers/Plants (wild or cultivated); Animal/Birds (wild or feral). Merit Awards will be awarded for each theme.
  • New – 2019 A Series Of 4 Photos – is a new style of competition which is gaining in popularity in Europe and in North America.
  • New – 2019 Portrait – is a competition which has been asked for by many photographers.
  • 2019 Canada: My Country – expanded to include 13 themes (10 provinces & 3 territories). The top images in each theme will receive Merit Award Certificates and the overall winner will receive CAPA medals.
    Top images from this competition will be considered for selection into the new 2020 Canadian Salon. Details about this salon will be announced in October 2019 by the CAPA President.
  • 2019 Annual Photo Challenge – theme is ‘reflections.’

With the exception of our A Series Of 4 Photos, all our competitions will be run as ‘remote-judging’ and all images will be previewed to ensure only images that meet the Scope of the Competition are presented on the ‘day-of-judging.’

Two to three months prior to the ‘closing-date’ of a competition, each competition will be opened up to permit the uploading of images.

Closing Comments

If you have any questions or concerns relating to our competitions, please email me at competitions@capapcanada.ca

Sheldon Boles, FCAPA
Director of Competitions

2018 Four Nations Competition

For this competition, CAPA was required to select 80 images from different photographers and image appropriate for inclusion into one of four categories: Nature (15 images), Monochrome (15 images), Open (35 images) and My Country (15 images).

The 50 to 75 images from each of our 2017-2018 ‘Club’ & ‘Individual’ competitions were shortlisted and re-judged by a separate team of Certified CAPA judges. Based on their scoring, the top 80 images were selected as CAPA’s submission to this competition.

Pie Chart of CAPA images for 4-nation competitions

In mid-August, we received official notification that CAPA placed 1st in this competition. You can check out the details on the 2018 competition here.

CAPA has put together a PowerPoint presentation containing all the 80 CAPA submitted images to the Four Nations competition. CAPA members and camera clubs can request a copy of this presentation by emailing Henry Schnell (CAPA Secretary) at secretary@capacanada.ca

In 2019, CAPA will be hosting the Four Nations Competition. We will be using the same selection processes as we did in 2018.

Volunteers for Competition Chairs

Seeking Volunteers

We have updated our CAPA Competition Standards to streamline our processes and incorporated the new role for a Competition Chair Person for each competition.

A Chair Person will oversee and work with a Competition Host to ensure the smooth running of a competition by:

  • providing Competition Host with appropriate documentation
  • answering any question that may arise
  • assisting in the selection of the most appropriate judges
  • assisting in determining if a submitted image meets the Scope of Competition
  • recommending to the Director of Competitions that a specific image be disqualified and the rationale for doing so
  • advising the competition entrants of the competition results
  • reviewing the competition results to ensure accuracy and completeness prior to sending it to the Director of Competitions for review/approval

If you are interested in becoming one of our Competition mentors, please email our Director of Competitions at competitions@capacanada.ca for more details.

June 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.

2018 Close-Up Competition

This competition was extremely popular and many outstanding images were submitted:

1 – Club category: 162 image from 25 clubs

2 – Individual category: 248 images from 63 CAPA members

Many thanks to the three CAPA judges: Sunchie Yang, Bharat Mistry and Leonie Holmes.

For the Club category, three camera clubs received CAPA medals:

1 – Gold Medal – Toronto Digital Photography Club 

2 – Silver Medal – Richmond Hill Camera Club

3 – Bronze Medal – Burnaby Photographic Society

You can view the  winning images on our Winners – Club webpage here.

CAPA members were also awarded CAPA medals for the individual category: 

1 – Gold Medal – Rick McKenzie of Dundas, Ont.

2 – Silver Medal – Lance Gitter of Thornhill, Ont.

3 – Bronze Medal – Yun Wang of Burlington, Ont.

You can check out their winning images on our Winners – Individual webpage here.

The final competition reports have been loaded onto our website.  You can be view these reports only after logging into the website with your username/password and by selecting the Competition Reports option on the Competitions dropdown menu.  If you cannot see the Competition Reports submenu then you are still not logged into the website.  

Each of these reports are now in our new bilingual format.  This format will continue to be enhanced and we seek your suggestions on how it can be improved.

Uploaded Presentation Photographs

Over the past few months, we have received and uploaded photographs of entrants being awarded their CAPA Awards.  You can check out these photographers below by selecting the respective hyperlink:

If you have a presentation photograph which has not yet been uploaded to our website, please forward the image and details to our Director of Competitions at competitions@capacanada.ca.

Importance Of Reading & Complying With All Competition Details

In the past few months, we have had four different categories of image disqualifications: 

A – watermark contained on a submitted image;

B – name of the photographer on the lower right corner of the image;

C – same image was submitted in both the ‘individual’ and ‘club’ categories of competition 

D – submitted image had previously received a CAPA award

To avoid the embarrassment of having your image disqualified, it is important that you ready and comply with all the details on the respective competition page prior to submitting your images into a CAPA competition.  Each competition page also has a hyperlink to our CAPA Eligibility Criteria  and the details of this webpage must also be adhered to

If you are unsure of your images has received a CAPA award or wondering if your image is acceptable for a competition, you can email our Director of Competitions at competitions@capacanada.ca.

2018 Four Nations Competition – Selected 80 Top Images 

We have selected the top 80 images for CAPA’s submission to the international 2018 Four Nations Competition.  

These images were selected from our top images from our October 2017 – April 2018 competitions.  The noted selection was made by three separate teams of CAPA judges.

The photographer of each selected image has been contacted and they have us their permission to include their image in this competition. 

All images will be uploaded on June 24, 2018.  During the summer, all submitted images from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will be judged by three internationally recognized judges.

Competition results will be received sometime prior to September 1, 2018.  

Forthcoming 2018-2019 Competition Cycle

We have posted on our competition for the 2018 -2019 competition cycle and they can be viewed here.  Check on our Competition News in September 2018 for any changes or enhancements to these competitions.

 Questions, Suggestions or Concerns

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

May 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.

2018 – 2019 Competitions Now Posted

The majority of the 2018 – 2019 competitions are now posted on our Current Competitions webpage which can be viewed here.

After the closing of the 2018 Annual Photo Challenge competition, we will be posting the 2019 Annual Photo Competition and its theme will be reflections.

Over the past few months, we have received many email messages about the large number of wildlife/nature images dominating the CAPA awards in the 2017 Fine Art and the 2018 Open Theme competitions.  In an effort to ‘balance-the-playing-field‘ for all photographers, we are undertaking the following changes with our 2018 – 2019 competitions:

Fine Art – the selection of judges will be heavily favoured in the area of fine art.  In addition, images that are submitted with little or no modification to emphasize an artistic purpose or theme will be disqualified by the Competition Host.  Competition Host for this competition is a recognized and respected fine art photographer.

Open Theme – the new competition details will be updated to contain two themes – Wildlife/Nature and Everyone Else.  By doing so, we don’t disadvantage wildlife/nature nor all other submitted images.  Each theme will be judged separately by separate judges. 

Monochrome – contains four themes – People, Landscape/City-scape/Sea-scape, Architecture (inside/outside) and Flowers/Plants (wild or cultivated.  As noted the Nature/Wildlife animal//birds have been excluded from this competition because there is already a dedicated Nature competition for them.

I would encourage you read these specific competitions to obtain more details.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate in emailing our Director of Competitions at competitions@capacanada.ca

We have been working CAPA Zone Director Alain Dubeau and CAPA President Rod Trider to create a new 2019 Canada: My Country competition.  For this competition, there are 13 different themes representing 10 provinces and 3 terrorizes.  The aim of the competition is to seek out the best photographic images in these geographical regions.  Check out this competition here.

All the above competitions were designed to encourage and recognize outstanding image in a wider range of themes.  By doing, we are endeavouring to demonstrate that we are listening to your suggestions and concerns.  

Bilingual Format For CAPA Competitions

As you will notice from 2018 – 2019 competitions, the majority of the competition pages are now in a bilingual format.

It is only natural that our Association embrace photographers in both official languages.  

In the forthcoming months, the parallel translation format will be changed to accommodate an easier means viewing of our webpages on a wider range of devices – computers, laptop computers, ipad and cel phones.  In addition, our final competition report will also be a bilingual format.

We extend a special thank you to our CAPA Zone Director Alain Dubeau for providing us with the french translation.

Importance Of Reading & Complying With All Competition Details

In the past month, we have had four notable disqualifications for the following reasons:

A – Watermark contained on a submitted image;

B – Name of the photographer on the lower right corner of the image;

C – Potential Merit Award image was disqualified because it had previously received a CAPA Award

D – Gold Medal winning club lost their medal standing because one of their images had previously received a CAPA award

On the two latter disqualifications, all camera club representatives and CAPA members are reminded that it is their responsible to ensure that the submitted image has not be previously received a CAPA Award. We do maintain a CAPA database of past winners.  If you are unsure of your images has received a CAPA award, you can email the Director of Competitions at competitions@capacanada.ca.

Do NOT assume that the competition details are identical to a previous competition.  

It is imperative that all entrants read and comply with the details contained in a competition webpage which also includes a hyperlink to our CAPA Eligibility Criteria.

2018 Open Theme Competition

This competition was extremely popular:

1 – Club category: 222 image from 37 clubs

2 – Individual category: 450 images from 115 CAPA members

The submitted images were broken down into six categories as outlined below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pie chart below reflect the distribution of the six categories in the Open Theme Competition.

Many thanks to the three CAPA judges: Derek Hayes, Jim Sutton and Michael Easton.

For the Club category, three camera clubs received CAPA medals:

1 – Gold Medal – Montreal Camera Club 

2 – Silver Medal – St. Catharines Photographic Club

3 – Bronze Medal – The Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto

You can check out their winning images on our Winners – Club webpage here.

CAPA members were also awarded CAPA medals for the individual category: 

1 – Gold Medal – Missy Mandel of Toronto, Ont

2 – Silver Medal – Mary Chambers of London, Ont.

3 – Bronze Medal – Norman Dougan of Kamloops, BC.

You can check out their winning images on our Winners – Individual webpage here.

2018 Audio Visual Presentation Competition

 Last year, the Audio Visual competition was cancel due to an extremely low level of participation.

Ann Alimi (Toronto Camera Club) felt this competition was worthy of being revitalized.  She worked hard at updating the entire competition and tirelessly promoted participation in this competition.

Based on Ann’s own initiative, we had the following number of entrants in this competition:

1 – Club Competition – 11 entrants

2 – Individual Competition 37 entrants

For the Club category, the following three camera clubs were awarded a CAPA medal:

1 – Gold Medal – Lakeshore Camera Club

2 – Silver Medal – Toronto Digital Photography Club

3 – Bronze Medal – Richmond Hill Camera Club

You can view the competition report after you log into the CAPA website and select the Competition Report from the Competition menu.

For the Individual category, the following CAPA members are receiving a CAPA medal:

1 – Gold Medal – Yun Wang of Burlington, Ontario

2 – Silver Medal – Rita Villis of London, Ontario

3 – Bronze Medal – Pat Zuest of Toronto, Ontario

Many thanks to the three CAPA judges: Sunchie Yang, Norm Ullock and Helene Ullock.

A special thank you is extended to Ann Alimi for her outstanding efforts to revitalize this competition.  She an outstanding photographer in her own right.

Canada: My Country Competition

This competition was also popular:

1 – Club category: 120 image from 20 clubs

2 – Individual category: 243 images from 67 CAPA members

These images were broken down into six categories as outlined below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pie chart below reflect the distribution of the six categories in the Canada: My Country Competition.

For the Club category, three camera clubs received CAPA medals:

1 – Gold Medal –  The Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto

2 – Silver Medal – Richmond Hill Camera Club

3 – Bronze Medal – Toronto Digital Photography Club

You can check out their winning images on our Winners – Club webpage here.

CAPA members were also awarded CAPA medals for the individual category: 

1 – Gold Medal – Norman Dougan

2 – Silver Medal – IIana Block

3 – Bronze Medal – Robert Parker

You can check out their winning images on our Winners – Individual webpage here.

Many thanks and congratulations to all entrants in supporting this competition.  

2018 Close Up Competition

Unfortunately, there will be a delay in judging this competition as two of the judges will be out of the area for a week or two.  It is expected that the final report will be approved in early June 2018.  

Forthcoming 2018 Competition

For CAPA members, we have one remaining competition for you and has associated prizes for the winning images: 

2019 Annual Photo Challenge Competition (Only available for individual CAPA members) – closes on May 31, 2018 

 Questions or Concerns

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

April 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 following titles.

2018 Black & White Competition

As of this date, the Black & White competition now holds the record for the largest number of:

  • entrants who submitted images in a CAPA competition – 186 (37 + 149); and
  • submitted images for a CAPA competition – 789 (219 + 570).

Submitted images were grouped into six photographic genres with the associated totals

Category Individual  Club Total
Landscape 112 52 164
People 133 78 211
Insect/Bird/Animal/Plant 120 35 155
Object Primary Focus 66 22 88
Architecture 110 27 137
Vehicle/Train/Boat/Aircraft 29 5 34
TOTAL 570 219 789

 

Based on these totals, the following pie chart was created.

 

 

As the statistics have outlined above, the Black & White competition was extremely popular.  Therefore, this competition will be included in the 2018 – 2019 competition cycle but will be revised as the Monochrome competition and will contain four genres:

  • Individual/Groups (street photography is included)
  • Landscape/City-scape
  • Architecture (inside/outside)
  • Flowers/Plants (wild or cultivated)

Each genre will be judged separately.  If this competition format is found to be popular then it will be used in our 2019-2020 competition cycle for other competitions.

Check out this new competition here.

2018 – Survey Sent Out To Camera Clubs

In January 2018, we sent out a survey to all camera clubs seeking ideas and comments to enhance CAPA.

Unfortunately, we received a very low response to this survey.  However, the collective responses to one question did provide us an insight into which competitions are popular with camera clubs – as noted below. 

 

 We used these responses to assist us in determining what competitions to offer in our 2018 – 2019 competition cycle.  In the near future, it maybe beneficial to send out a similar survey to all our CAPA individual members. 

Altered Reality Competition Results

This competition closed on February 28, 2018 and the images submitted were as follows:

1 – Club category: 158 image from 28 clubs

2 – Individual category: 227 images from 60 CAPA members

The three judges for this competition were:

1 – Carol How – CAPA Judge (Crescent Beach Photography Club)

2 – Frank Pali – Certified CAPA Judge (Not a member of a camera club)

3 – Gilles Vezina – Certified CAPA Judge (R.A. Photo Club)

Many thanks to the judges for assisting in this competition. 

This competition was hosted by CAPA.

Check out the winners of the competition as follows:

1 – Winners – Club – Altered RealityCHECK OUT WEBPAGE HERE

2 – Winners – Individual – Altered Reality CHECK OUT WEBPAGE HERE

All the entrants in this competition have received a copy of the final competition report.  This report can be reviewed by logging into the CAPA website and selecting Competition Report from the Competition dropdown menu.  If the Competition Report is not displayed, you are not logged into the website.

 

2018 – 2019 CAPA Competitions

In March, we sent out a message to all camera clubs seeking volunteers to host of one of our 2018 – 2019 (September 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019).  Based on this request, the following competitions will be proceeding as of September 1, 2018: 

  • Nature – hosted by: Richmond Hill Camera Club – Closing Date: October 30, 2018
  • Fine Art – hosted by: Derek Hayes & Friends – Closing Date: October 30, 2018
  • Photo Journalism – hosted by: Hamilton Camera Club – Closing Date: November 23, 2018
  • Altered Reality – hosted by: Lance Gitter – Closing Date: January 15, 2019
  • Monochrome – hosted by: CAPA Director of Competitions – Closing Date: January 30, 2019
  • Open Theme – hosted by: Toronto Digital Photographic Club  – Closing Date: February 20, 2019
  • A Photo Series Of 4 Photos – hosted by: Shuswap Photo Arts Club – February 20, 2019
  • Audio Visual Presentation – hosted by: Toronto Camera Club – Closing Date: March 31, 2019
  • Portraiture – hosted by: Prince George Photo Society (Selena Laing) – Closing Date: March 31, 2019
  • Canada: My Country  hosted by: Director of Competitions  – Closing Date: April 30, 2019
  • 2019 Annual Photo Challenge (Open only to CAPA members) – hosted by: CAPA Director of Competitions – Closing Date: May 31, 2019
  • International Four Nations Competition – hosted and coordinated by: CAPA Director of Competitions – Closing Date: July 1, 2019
  • Wildlife- hosted by:           – Closing Date:
  • Open Print – hosted by:         – Closing Date:

SPECIAL NOTE: We are still seeking a Competition Host for the Wildlife and Open Print competition.  The Wildlife competition can be hosted as either a ‘live-judging‘ or a ‘remote-juding‘ competition.  If you or your club is interested in hosting one of these competitions, please email the Director of Competitions at competitions@capacanada.ca

The competition details for the following 2018-2019 competitions are now posted on Current Competitions webpage

  • Nature
  • Fine Art
  • Photo Journalism
  • Altered Reality
  • Monochrome
  • Portrait
  • A Photo Series Of 4 Photos
  • Open Theme

In the forthcoming weeks, the remaining 2018-2019 details will be posted. You will be able to upload your images to these competitions after September 1, 2018.

 

 

 

Four Nations Competitions

We have received some enquires about the international Four Nations competition and how images are selected by CAPA for this competition.

The participating organizations in this competition consist of:

  • Australian Photographic Society
  • Canadian Association For Photographic Art
  • Photographic Society of New Zealand
  • Photographic Society of South Africa

Each year, the hosting of this competition rotates through the participating photographic organizations.  This year’s host is the Photographic Society of South Africa.  In 2019, it will be CAPA’s turn to host this competition.

Noted competition consists of four categories and the corresponding number of images to be submitted each year:

  • Open Theme – 35 images
  • Nature – 15 images
  • Monochrome – 15 images
  • Our Country – 15 images

Each contributing organization must submit 80 images.  All 80 images must be submitted by 80 different photographers.  No previously submitted image can be re-submitted. 

Each year, this competition closes on July 1st.  After the closing date, all submitted images will be randomly sorted and  judged by at least three individuals not residing or citizen of the four participating countries.  These judges will be either PSA and/or FIAP certified judges. 

For CAPA’s submission to this competition, the new process will be as follows: 

  • select the top 50-100 scoring images from each of our 2017 – 2018 competitions
  • three independent Certified CAPA Judges will re-score all the selected images
  • scores will be sorted from highest to lowest
  • top images will selected for each of categories for the Four Nations competition
  • seek permission to submit the image from the photographer
  • submit our selected 80 images to the Four Nations’ Competition Host
  • receive the competition results
  • advise the photographers of results
  • post the results on our website
  • all future CAPA competition webpages will contain a note that the top 50 scored images in each competition will be considered for selection into the Four Nations competition 

Check out the results from the 2017 Four Nations Competition here.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to this competition, please Sheldon Boles (Director of Competitions) at competititions@capacanada.ca

Forthcoming 2018 Competition

As a reminder, we have three forthcoming competitions in April and May:

1 – 2018 Canada: My Country – closes April 18, 2018 

2 – 2018 Close-up – closes April 30, 2018

3 – 2018 Annual Photo Challenge (only open to CAPA Individual Members) – closes May 31, 2018

March 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.

2018 Black & White Competition

This closed on January 2018 and took considerable time to judge the close to 800 images submitted:

1 – Club category: 219 image from 38 clubs

2 – Individual category: 570 images from 149 CAPA members

Several new camera clubs entered images for the first time: Birdnet Camera Club (In China with 220,000 members), Prince George Photo Society and the Port Franks Camera Club.

For twenty-three CAPA members, this was their first time in participating in a CAPA competition.  

Despite the unexpected large number of submitted images, the Victoria Camera Club did an outstanding job in hosting this competition.  

Many thanks to the three CAPA judges: Michael Easton, Neil le Nobel and Rick Shapka for their assistance.

For the Club category, three camera clubs received CAPA medals:

1 – Gold Medal – Richmond Hill Camera Club

2 – Silver Medal – Images Alberta Camera Club

3 – Bronze Medal – Jiahua Elite Photography Association

You can check out their winning images on our Winners – Club webpage here.

CAPA members were also awarded CAPA medals for the individual category: 

1 – Gold Medal – David Laronde of North Vancouver, BC

2 – Silver Medal – Norman Dougan of Kamloops, BC

3 – Bronze Medal – Missy Mandel of Toronto, Ont

You can check out their winning images on our Winners – Individual webpage here.

Two images from this competition were disqualified for the following reasons:

1  – watermark on surface of the image

2 – entrant entered the same image in both the Club and Individual categories of this competition. 

Reminder For All Competitions

A question has been raised whether a stock image or an image on internet can be incorporated as an element in an image submitted for competition.

The answer is no.  Point #1 of our CAPA Competition Eligibility Criteria states:

1. the submitted image is their original work and must not contain the elements created by someone else;

The CAPA Eligibility Criteria for these two types of disqualifications are as follows:

8. 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;

9. the image will not contain any watermarks, name of the image or name of the photographer;

Each competition detail webpage contains a hyperlink to the CAPA Eligibility Criteria page.  It is important that each entrant review this webpage prior to submitting an images for the respective competition.

How To Upload Competitions Webpage

This webpage has been updated to reflect the current layout and processes in uploading an images to a CAPA competition.

A hyperlink to this document is contained in all CAPA competition pages. You can view this new document here.

Potential CAPA Competitions

For our 2018 – 2019 competition cycle (September to June), we have the following potential competitions:

2019 – Photo Challenge Altered Reality Audio Visual Presentation Capture The Perfect Flower Theme
Close-Up Fine Art Four Nations Monochrome
Nature Open Print Open Theme Photo Travel
Photo Journalism Portrait Story Telling With 4 Images Wildlife
The Director of Competitions will be the Competition Host for both the 2019 Photo Challenge and the Four Nations Competitions.
For the other competitions to proceed, we will need a Competition Host for each of the remaining competitions.   A Competition Host can be either a camera club or 1 or 2 CAPA members and will be assisted by the Director of Competitions.
 
Competitions can be conducted by either the traditional ‘live-judging‘ or our new ‘remote-judging‘ feature on our website. For the ‘remote-judging’ Competition Hosting, the processes have been streamlined and a step-by-step document will be provided. 
 
Camera Clubs or CAPA members who are curious or interested in hosting one of these competitions, they can contact the Director of Competitions by emailing Sheldon Boles at competitions@telus.ca.  
 
We will need to finalize the competitions being hosted by the end of March 2018.  By mid-April 2018, the Director of Competitions will be announcing which competitions will be proceeding in the 2018 – 2019 competition cycle. In so doing, photographers will be given advance notice to plan their photographic outings.

Audio Visual Presentation Competition Update

 For this competition, we have added the following details to this competition:

SPECIAL NOTE: For a club submission for this competition – at least two people MUST be involved in creating the audio visual presentation.

In addition, we have updated the entry form for this competition.  Check out the competition detail page here.

Forthcoming 2018 Competition

As a reminder, we have several forthcoming competitions in March and April:

Spring Open Competition – closes March 31, 2018

Audio Visual Presentation – closes March 31, 2018

Canada: My Country – closes April 18, 2018

Spring Close-up – closes April 30, 2018

 Questions or Concerns

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

February 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. CAPA Clubs, don’t forget to complete the club survey recently sent out. We would like to hear from you.

Judging Criteria Updated

As of January 31, 2018, the CAPA judging criteria for all competitions has been expanded to include the following statement:

— image title that compliments or contributes to the vision or message being presented in the image.

An effective title will lure the viewer into the image and with an implied emphasis by the photographer.   If done appropriately, the images will standout from the rest of the images being judged and will be remembered.

Audio Visual Presentation Competition Update

 We have made some minor refinements to the Audio Visual Presentation Competition and these refinements are as follows:

SPECIAL NOTE – For a club submission for this competition – at least two people MUST be involved in creating the audio visual presentation.

A black 3 to 4 second slide at the beginning of the presentation and after one at the end of the show after the credits. (This will allow the Competition Committee presenter to cue the show without it starting before everyone is ready). The name of the entrant MUST NOT appear in the credits nor in any other area of the presentation.

2018 Annual Photo Challenge Competition

Canon Canada has re-affirmed it support to be a major prize donator for our 2018 Annual Photo Challenge Competition. 

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

Forthcoming 2018 Competition

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

Creative Altered Reality

Audio Visual Presentation

Spring Open

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

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

September 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