Jonathan Ward, CAPA Secretary

Jonathan Ward
Jonathan Ward, CAPA Secretary

Jonathan Ward is our new CAPA Secretary.

Jonathan Ward was born and raised in the UK and represented the UK as a diplomat in South Africa, Singapore, the former Yugoslavia and India, before resigning and immigrating to Canada in 1992. Soon after arriving in Toronto, where he still lives, he was recruited into the Toronto Camera Club. His serious interest in wildlife photography stemmed from a visit to Kenya organized by club members in 1995. He was an early adopter of auto-focus cameras and later of digital photography. He now shoots with a full frame digital body as well as a full frame DSLR. He and his wife travel all over the world taking images but the two places most frequently visited are Southern Africa and India.

In 2003, he joined what is now the Toronto Digital Photography Club, where he eventually became the President. He continues to be a member of that club and is the mentor to 12 club photographers.

Jonathan has been a photographic judge since 2005 and became a CAPA certified judge in 2016. Since then he has judged in International Competitions for CAPA on multiple occasions as well as in CAPA competitions in Canada.

Most recently he has been the District Representative for Toronto and the GTA.

International Photographers Federation Awards

The 2019 Toronto International Photography Festival was held recently under the auspices of the International Photographers Federation.  The Festival awards CAPA medals with this years competition comprising 12 categories with over 4100 images in total. As usual, this third international photographic competition used only CAPA trained judges, including Glenn Bloodworth (CAPA Ontario Zone Director), Rod Trider (CAPA President), Bill Hall (SW Ontario DR), and Anthony Schatzky, Yun Wan, He Zhao, Zhiwen Li & Ying Shi.

The awards ceremony was held on Sunday December 8 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. CAPA President Rod Trider was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his multi-year assistance to the IPF in curating and judging their competitions. CAPA Secretary Jonathan Ward was presented with a Golden Lens Award for having judged their competitions over a number of years. Congratulations to all the winning photographers.

Nouvelles de la Zone Québec – décembre

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Un salon de la photo au MNPD

Le salon « mon pays/my country », organisé conjointement par l’ACAP et le Musée national de la photographie Desjardins, ouvrira ses portes en janvier et promet d’être un vènement important pour la promotion de la photographie au Québec en 2020. Le vernissage aura lieu le 12 janvier à 14 h au Musée national de la photographie Desjardins, 400 rue Hériot, Drummondville Québec.

Croissance accrue du membership

La cible déclarée par la direction de la zone Québec d’atteindre 150 membres a été atteinte. La zone est présentement composée de 13 clubs répartis en trois districts ainsi que de 139 membres individuels.

Certificat d’appréciation

Un certificat d’appréciation a été remis à M. Marc Dufour, responsable du membership pour la zone du Québec, en reconnaissance de sa contribution en tant que bénévole et du support qu’il a fourni au directeur des compétitions et au directeur de l’éducation de l’ACAP. Le certificat lui a été remis le 30 novembre par le président de l’ACAP, M. Rod Trider, lors du cours de jugement en français.

Cours de jugement de l’ACAP en français.

Un premier cours de jugement en français a eu lieu grâce à la généreuse participation du club hôte l’Oeil qui voit de Saint-Hubert. Selon les commentaires positifs reçus de la part de plusieurs des 39 participants, l’évènement fut fort apprécié et un franc succès. Les personnes qui veulent s’inscrire pour devenir juge doivent contacter Michael Breakey à Un deuxième cours de jugement en français au
printemps prochain est à l’étude. D’autres informations à cet effet seront communiquées sous peu.

Québec Zone News – December

A photography exhibition at the MNPD The salon “mon pays/my country,” organized jointly by CAPA and the Musée national de la photographie Desjardins, will open to the public in January and promises to be an
important event for the promotion of photography in Quebec in 2020. The opening ceremony will take place on 12 January at 2 PM at the Musée national de la photographie Desjardins, 400 rue Hériot, Drummondville Québec.

Increased membership

The declared objective by the Quebec zone direction to reach 150 members has been reached. The Zone is now composed of 13 clubs distributed in three districts as well as 139 individual members.

Certificate of Appreciation

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Mr. Marc Dufour, responsible for Quebec Zone membership, for his outstanding services and contribution as a volunteer and for his support to the CAPA competitions
director and the CAPA education director. The Certificate was presented to him on 30 November by CAPA President Mr. Rod Trider during the French judging course.

CAPA hosts a first French judging course.

A first judging course in French took place thanks to the generous participation of the host-club l’Oeil qui voit of Saint-Hubert. From the positive comments coming from several of the 39 participants, it appears the
event was well received and appreciated. Those wishing to register to become judges must contact Michael Breakey at A second French language judging course is being considered for next Spring. Further information in this regard will be communicated soon.

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CAPA awards to London Camera Club

On December 5th Gerry Alger – C.A.P.A. District Rep. for Southwestern Ontario, Area 1 – presented awards to members of the London Camera Club.

Pia-O’Leary and Gerry-Alger
Mary Chambers and Gerry-Alger
Steve Donnelly and Gerry-Alger
Dave Peel and Gerry Alger

The following were award winners from the October 15 Nature/Wildlife Individual Competition held October 15:

  • Mary Chambers – Second Merit Award – ‘Nature Hanging Bat’ – 29.5 (tied for highest score in the competition) Mary was also awarded the 1st Honorable Mention for her four-image portfolio.
  • David Peel – Third Merit Award – Nature – ‘Eurasian Eagle Owl’ – 29.0 (second highest score in the competition)
  • Pia O’Leary – Honourable mention for her Four-image portfolio.
  • The London Camera Club received the 1st Honorable Mention for its six-image portfolio submitted into the Nature/Wildlife Competition. London Camera Club Member, Rob Patterson was awarded, in his absence, the Second Merit Award – Landscape – for his image Aurora on Pontoon Lake.

London Camera Club member, Steve Donnelly, was awarded C.A.P.A’s Excellence in Photography medal for his Best In Show image at Southwestern Ontario’s Western Fair 2019. Steve’s Image, ‘Himba Woman in Smoke Bath’ was judged best of more than 800 images. This was Steve’s third Best In Show wins in as many years.

Rob Patterson – Aurora at pontoon Lake (2nd place Merit award)
Himba Woman Smoke Bath by Steve Donnelly (Best in Show – Western Fair 2019)
Eurasian Eagle Owl by David Peel (3rd merit-Nature)
Hanging Bat by Mary Chambers (2nd Merit Nature)

New Club in Nova Scotia

Victoria Falls
Victoria Park Falls by Tom Gallant, Taken at Joseph Howe Falls in Truro, Nova Scotia

CAPA Welcomes New Club in Nova Scotia

By: Tom Gallant, DR, Eastern Nova Scotia

The Scotsburn-Northumberland Amateur Photography Society (SNAPS) has become the first club in Eastern Nova Scotia to join CAPA. SNAPS has been in existence since 2012. SNAPS was started by two newcomers to the area, Dave and Christine Hache, both photographers; Dave coming from New Brunswick and Christine from Truro, Nova Scotia. The club started in Scotsburn, the home of Scotsburn Milk and Ice Cream, with just over 10 members. There are presently 30 registered members and 750 listed as members of their Facebook page. The members come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including: doctors, nurses, educators, business people and many others from the two-dozen communities in Pictou County. The majority of the membership of the club resides in New Glasgow and Pictou, with the population of Pictou County approximating 55,000 people.

SNAPS represents a group of photographers who are more than willing to give of their time to help all members regardless of their skill level. There is a very low cost for membership. The rate is $10.00 per year, and $2.00 per meeting, which happens the first Wednesday of each month, at the Northumberland Regional High School in Alma, a small community in Pictou County. The low membership fee was put in place to attract everybody who has a desire to learn or improve their photography.

Tatamagouche Bridge by Tom Gallant
Taken at Tatamagouche , a community 30 minutes from Pictou, N.S.

At regular monthly meetings, members can showcase their work, through digital presentations, partake in workshops given by outside presenters and inside from skilled club photographers. As well, the club members have the opportunity to get together as a group on field-trips to photograph the beautiful scenery of Nova Scotia (see attached samples). These field trips happen on a monthly basis. At least once per year, the club has an exhibition in one of the County venues, where any member can showcase their work to the public. In addition, one of the senior club members, Dr. Gerry Farrell, has given up space at the Aberdeen Hospital’s “Art on the Wall,” where he has traditionally showcased his work, to SNAPS members where they can showcase and sell their own work. Part of the proceeds of sales goes to the hospital foundation. The remainder goes to the artists. As a gesture of community spirit, some members of the club volunteer, in order to enhance their photographic profile, and cover events of non-profit community organizations. Their photos are given to these organizations to be used for publicity. All of the activities that SNAPS undertakes is done in a relaxed fun way, with no pressure.

Becoming a CAPA member will allow club members to compete at a regional and national level, have their work adjudicated by professional and certified judges, and to become a certified judge themselves, if they choose to do so, and be involved in regional and national seminars, and workshops.

You can obtain more information about SNAPS on Facebook at: SNAPS (Scotsburn-Northumberland Amateur Photography Society).

Atlantic Zone District Rep Isabelle Levesque

Isabelle Levesque
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Native de Saint-Quentin, une petite ville située au nord-ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick, je demeure dans la région de Moncton depuis 1991.

J’ai toujours eu un grand intérêt pour les arts, ce qui m ‘a amené à compléter un baccalauréat en Arts visuels et Histoire de l’Université de Moncton ainsi qu’un diplôme d’études collégiales en Design et gestion de production multimédia.

J’aime la macrophotographie, d’où sont nés mes deux premières collections « Givre en bulles » et « Papillusion » qui ont été exposées à plusieurs galeries au NB. Je suis aussi passionné par la vie sauvage et plus récemment, j’étends mes horizons photographiques vers le paysage.
Je suis membre de CAPA depuis 2011, et je suis devenue représentante pour le district de Moncton en 2017. Mon rôle comme représentante de district pour CAPA est de rencontrer plus spécialement les communautés francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick afin de leur présenter l’association et de recruter de nouveaux membres. Je suis aussi membre du comité qui organise la CCC 2021 qui aura lieu a Moncton.

Isabelle Levesque
Moncton, New Brunswick

Atlantic Zone District Representative

Native of Saint-Quentin, a small town in northwest of New Brunswick, I now live in the greater Moncton area since 1991.

I always love art and it brought me to get a degree in visual art at the Université de Moncton and a Design and Multimédia productions Diploma from CCNB.

I practice macrophotography, from which my first two exhibits were born, « Givre en bulles » et « Papillusion ». I am also passionate with wildlife and more recently I extend my horizons to landscape photography.

I am a member of CAPA since 2011, and became the District Representative (DR) for Moncton area in 2017. My role is mostly to meet with Francophone communities in New Brunswick to introduce CAPA and recruit new members. Also I am a member of the executive for the 2021 CCC in Moncton.

Isabelle Levesque
Moncton, New Brunswick District Representative

Atlantic Zone District Rep Michael Winsor

Michael Winsor
District Rep for Newfoundland and Labrador Michael Winsor

I live in St. John’s, NL, and a member of Camera 35.

I have always enjoyed photographing landscapes under the night sky or during blue hour. However, I find that wildlife has really captured my imagination over the past couple years. I am sure a part of that is because Newfoundland has the largest gathering of humpback whales every summer.

I have been an individual and club member with CAPA now for over 5 years and it is great to be a part of an association that showcases the best places in our country. Only through sharing images, can we broaden our horizons to what the rest of the country has to offer.

Michael Winsor
Newfoundland and Labrador District Representative

Atlantic Zone District Rep Joyce Chew

CAPA Atlantic District Representative
Joyce Chew

I have been a member of the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia since 1996. I have been the Halifax District CAPA Representative since 2009 and the CAPA club representative for the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia since 2007.

I was a member of the CAPA Nomination Committee in 2008-2009 and 2010-2011. Also I was part of the organizing committee for the two day Camera Conference (ACC) in the Atlantic Zone in 2016 and a member of the 2016-2017 CAPA Website Development Committee.

I enjoy meeting photographers from across Canada and being inspired by their work. I like to challenge myself to capture and convey what I see no matter what the subject but I love to photograph macro subjects and nature.

Joyce Chew
Halifax, Nova Scotia District Representative

Atlantic Zone District Rep Tom Gallant

Nova Scotia East: Tom Gallant (
Atlantic Zone District Representative

I am a member of the Scotsburn Northumberland Amateur Photographic Society (S.N.A.P.S.) from Pictou County, Nova Scotia. I moved here four years ago from Manitoba after I retired as an administrator of a K to 12 school. While in Manitoba, I, along with a local doctor, started a Photography club there, and when I arrived here, I introduced SNAPS to CAPA. Then took the Judging Course in Moncton in 2018. Great course!

Throughout my long photographic career, I photographed weddings, took portraits and shot modelling portfolios. Over the past 20 years, I’ve photographed mainly landscapes, seascapes, mostly in NL with Icebergs and the amazing cliffs, and wildlife.

I also edit, print and frame my own work. As well, I love teaching photography. As a result, I’m looking forward to working with the many talented photographers both at CAPA and SNAPS. Because of the wealth of talent with CAPA and here in Nova Scotia, I am learning all the time, and being a life-long learner, this is ideal. A win, win for me!

Tom Gallant
Nova Scotia East District Representative

No Taxes

News Item for CAPA Members

During 2019, CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) conducted an extensive Audit and Review of the CAPA accounting records. As a result of this review, CRA has determined and advised that CAPA is no longer required to Collect GST/HST on the CAPA Memberships and any related Educational Programs (ie. Judging Courses, etc.)

The discontinuance of collecting GST/HST will take effect January 01, 2020.

Len Suchan FCAPA
CAPA Treasurer

Atlantic Zone News November 2019

Freeman Patterson (Photo by Mathieu Chiasson)

The Atlantic Zone has a new District Representative (DR). The first time we have the DR in Newfoundland and Labrador! Please join us to welcome Michael Winsor for this position. Michael is an amazing photographer. Read Capture of a Lifetime for more on Michael.

Isabelle Levesque received a CAPA Associateship Honour (ACAPA). Isabelle is the DR in Moncton area in New Brunswick, and she had served the CAPA Representative for the Focus Camera Club in Moncton the past 2 years. Congratulations!

Focus Camera Club in NB hosted a presentation by Freeman Patterson as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. Freeman showed stunning images of Monet Garden in France, Kingsbrae Garden and Shampers Bluff in NB along with his inspiring talk. 225 people attended from Moncton area, Fredericton, and Quispamsis. Congratulations to Focus Camera Club!

Dave Snider Appointed District Representative in the Pacific Zone

Dave Snider has been appointed as new District Representative for the Central Interior District of the Pacific Zone. District Representatives are the face of CAPA in their District and provide connections for the communities they represent throughout the zone and across Canada.

Dave was born in B.C. in 1948 and has spent most of his life in B.C. He has been interested in photography since his early teens but only became really active around 2009. He became a member of the Kamloops Photo Arts Club (KPAC) in 2012 and has filled executive positions from 2013 to 2019. Around 2014 Dave joined CAPA. In 2019 Dave became a CAPA Certified Judge and was appointed CAPA’s Central Interior District Rep. He is also a member of the Kamloops Arts Council.

Dave’s main areas of interest are landscape photography and floral photography. He gives introductory photo courses to the public through the City of Kamloops and offers tutorials. Prints of Dave’s photos can be seen on display predominantly in businesses, government offices, homes and at the Old Courthouse Gallery in Kamloops while others can be seen elsewhere in Canada, the U.S. and the UK.

Married to Doris since 1971 and blessed with two adult daughters, Dave can often be found tramping the hills around Kamloops and area with camera in hand enjoying every minute of his retirement.

Visit Photos by Dave Facebook Page to see some of his work.

Shuswap Photo Arts Club News November 2019

The Shuswap Photo Arts Club will be focusing on Photojournalism this month.

  • Monday November 11 Program will give and overview of this genre and include a presentation by Cameron Thompson the Salmon Arm Observer Photographer.
  • Monday November 25 will see special guest, Greg Osadchuk, with an extensive photography career spanning many decades.  He is trained in industrial photography, spend time as photographer for THE PROVINCE newspaper and has continued with a passion in landscape photography.

More about Greg Osadchuk

For photographer Greg Osadchuk, picking up a camera for the first time at age nine marked the beginning of a life-long passion that turned into a diverse career, spanning more than 50 years.  ​Following a university arts degree and formal, industrial photographic training Greg launched into an energetic and fulfilling career as a photojournalist for The Province newspaper in Vancouver.

He eventually left the city and settled into the interior of BC where he could pursue his passion of Landscape Photography.

During his time in Nelson, Greg owned and operated his own photography gallery, later returned to university to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Education. He them immersed himself in education where he taught Digital Arts and Photography for 15 years, before retiring to his favourite passion.

Gabriola Photography Club Fall Show and Sale

Things will be humming at the Gabriola Photography Club’s Fall Show and Sale, Sunday November 17, 2019 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at the Rollo Centre, Gabriola, BC. Admission Free.

Vancouver Island 2020 Photo Salon

The Harbour City Photography Club in Nanaimo is pleased to announce that their annual Photo Salon will run in 2020 from June 1 to June 12 at the View Gallery, Vancouver Island University. The exhibit will feature some of the best work of Vancouver Island photographers in four categories: Landscape, Macro&Close Up, Street Photography and Open.

At this time Vancouver Island photographers are invited to submit images for adjudication by February 15.

For more information visit: Harbour City Photography Club

CAPA Photography Salon
2020 Harbour City Photography Salon

ProFusion in Toronto

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of ProFusion – Vistek’s world-renowned pro-imaging expo – and you can be sure it’ll be the best one yet.

  • Wednesday, November 13th – 11am to 7pm
    Thursday, November 14th – 10am to 5pm
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Hall B

ProFusion is Canada’s largest, most engaging, completely unforgettable pro imaging expo. Where everything – including the latest and greatest photo/video gear, intriguing product demonstrations, and internationally renowned guest speakers – is showcased across a massive trade show floor.

For More Information and to Register for Your FREE 2-Day Pass Visit

Watch our Teaser Trailer here:

ProFusion in Toronto, Canada
ProFusion 2019 in Toronto

Burnaby Annual Showcase

This year the Burnaby Photographic Society celebrates 24 years of presenting to the public our high-quality slide shows put to music. Our 24th Annual Showcase will take you around the world with an evening of slide shows set to music on 25 January 2020 and a dramatic print display during the previous week. Showcase will sweep you off to exotic places and cultures, and bring you up close to wildlife, fine art, 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 Monday, 20 January through Saturday, 25 January 2020.

To see what Showcase is all about, here is a short video of our January 2019 Showcase event: .

Slide shows set to music:

  • Saturday, 25 January 2020, 7:00 PM, at
  • James Cowan Theatre in the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby.
  • For tickets ($20), contact Brian Maskell at either or phone 604-318-9369. You can also visit

Gabriola Photography Club

Gabriola photography Club presenter Sharron Palmer-Hunt
photo by Sharron Palmer-Hunt

The Gabriola Photography Club has been in existence for over 12 years and meets at the Rollo Senior Centre from 10 am-noon, the first and 3rd Wednesday’s of every month (excluding July and August). At the meetings both members and guests present various photographic related topics with outsiders welcome to attend. Photos related to the topic are displayed and details discussed. Our latest presentation given by Sharron Palmer-Hunt, was on whales and dolphins, including how they are negatively impacted by the environment, with special emphasis given to our endangered southern Orca population.

Members also share photo taking outings with other local photo club members and have a pub social gathering once per month. Twice a year the Club puts on an exhibition at the Rollo Senior Centre. Our next exhibition is on Sunday November 17th from 10am-4pm. Everyone welcome.

Throughout the year we have individual members displaying their work downstairs at the Gabriola Medical Centre, at 695 Church Street. Diane Green is currently displaying photographs until October 15th followed by Steve Struthers until November 18th. Our photographs are also often displayed in other local establishments on the island and at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo.

Sharron Palmer-Hunt has recently been chosen as the district CAPA representative for 3 island clubs in the Pacific region, including Gabriola, Harbour City and Cowichan Valley. We are looking forward to getting together with district group members and sharing fun ideas.

Gabriola Photography Club exhibition
Gabriola Photography Club Exhibition (photo by Joan Owen)

2019 CAPA Scholarship: Daniel Curren

Daniel Curren
Joyce Chew presents Daniel Curren with the 2019 CAPA Scholarship

Daniel Curren was presented the CAPA Scholarship cheque at the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia’s opening Wine and Cheese Event.

He was very pleased to receive the award and made a very nice speech thanking CAPA for all they have done for him as a new photographer and encouraging other members to also join CAPA as an individual.

Daniel pursued photography as a hobby in late 2018, and went on to complete photography courses at Nova Scotia College for Art and Design. He is an active member of the Nova Scotia Photoguild and Darmouth Photography Society. He plans on completing the CAPA judging course so that he may volunteer to assist his clubs.

Light Snack by Daniel Curren
Light Snack by Daniel Curren
2019 CAPA Scholarship recipient Daniel Curren
A Brother’s Light-Shining Down – Castle-Mountain by Daniel Curren
2019 CAPA Scholarship recipient Daniel Curren
Solitude by Daniel Curren
2019 CAPA Scholarship recipient Daniel Curren
Transcendence by Daniel Curren
2019 CAPA Scholarship recipient Daniel Curren
Bulrushes & Fog by Daniel Curren
2019 CAPA Scholarship recipient Daniel Curren
Topsy Turvy Fall by Daniel Curren
2019 CAPA Scholarship recipient Daniel Curren
Bow River Snow and Ice by Daniel Curren
2019 CAPA Scholarship recipient Daniel Curren
From Behind by Daniel Curren

Seminar by Don Komarechka

Vision Beyond Seeing

Vision Beyond Seeing is a photography seminar that aims to weave science and art together and help photographers of every skill level understand the limitations of both our cameras and our own vision, and then step beyond those limits.

  • All CAPA members are welcome
  • Nov. 9, 2019
  • Club Italia (2525 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • $65 (before Oct. 26th)
Vision Beyond Seeing by Don Komarechka
Seminar by Don Komarechka