Burnaby Photographic Showcase

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

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

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

Sheena Wilkie Leaving

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photoshop @ Abbotsford Photo Arts Club

Photoshop Techniques Workshop with Peter Levey on  January 27, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information and to register visit:  Peter Levey Workshop

Best in Show

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

 

Latow Audio Visual Festival

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

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

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

Pacific Print Challenge

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

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

Display of Prints by The Darkroom Group

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

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

Coordinator Volunteer Opportunity

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

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

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

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

The Call of the Loon By Mark Lachovsky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Mark

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

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

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

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

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

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

124th Toronto Photography Salon

The Toronto Camera Club presents The124th Toronto International Salon of Photography

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

For more information please visit:Salon.Torontocameraclub.Com

Technical difficulties resolved

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

 

Pioneer in Photography

George Brybycin Receives CAPA Excellence in Photography Medal

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

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

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

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

 

 

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CAPA Print Competition

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

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

 

CAPA Fall Print Competition

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CAPA Canada is Number 1!

w21 1_TCC_JEFF LU_Bald Eagles Fighting for fish
w15 5_TCC_CHRISTOPHER SIOU_Red Clover (BOTANY)
w06 2_LGCC_DAVID WINGATE_A Last Look Back
Gold John Lowman Polar Prowler

Four Nations Photography Competition

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

 

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

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

The Country Placings are:

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

 

The results from the 4 categories are:

Nature

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

 

Nature Individual awards

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

 

Our Country

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

 

Our Country Individual awards

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

 

Monochrome

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

 

Monochrome Individual awards

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

 

Open

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

 

Open Individual Awards

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

 

Gold Medal Winner – Grizzly Feeding On Salmon.

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

 

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

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Volunteers Needed

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

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

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

CCM Editorial Calendar

 Attention CAPA Members:

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

 Attention CAPA Clubs:

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

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

How to Send Material:

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

Editorial Calendar 2017/2018 – submission deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAPA Gallery

Are you a CAPA member? We’re looking to feature your photos on our new website photo gallery located on the main page.

Photos for the main CAPA Member’s gallery will be credited with the photographer’s name in a photo byline below the photo.

  • Photos must  be sized exactly landscape at 1400px by 1050px and portrait 1050px by 1400px.
  • All photos must have the photographer’s name in the file name e.g Sheena_Wilkie.jpg
  • A title is not required as we will only be using the photographers name.
  • Photos submitted must not contain a watermark or any text including the photographer’s name or logo.

Please email the photos to webmanager@capacanada.ca

International Chinese Exhibition

“Luminosity and Rhythm” the Second International Chinese Photography Exhibition  by the Canada International Photographers Association  and Taiwan Photographers Exchange Association

A total of 185 Chinese photographers from Taiwan, mainland China and North America were invited to showcase a wide range of content, including: landscape, humanities, ecology, documentary, creativity and so on.

Time: September 16, 2017 to October 8, 2017
Every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Lipont Art Center
4211 No 3 Rd., Richmond, BC
Opening Ceremony: 10:00 am on September 16, 2017

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Vancouver Photography Festival

Entries are now being accepted for the 6th annual Vancouver International Photography Festival Photo Contest. There are three sections, VIPF (Vancouver International Photography Festival), CAPA (Canadian Association of Photographic Art), and PSA (Photographic Society of America). Entrants will be automatically entered in both sections. There are a total of 45 awards that can be won, 27 medals, and 18 Honourable Mentions. Gold medal winners will receive limited edition postage stamps with their winning image on it. There are 3 categories to choose from, Nature, Travel, and Monochrome. The entrance fees are as follows: $18 USD for 1 category, $28 USD for 2 categories, and $38 USD for 3 categories. The deadline for entry is August 31, 2017. Each entry consists of up to 4 photographs. For additional details, please visit the contest section on www.vipf.ca, any questions can be forwarded to info@vipf.ca.

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New Executive Officers

Introducing CAPA’s new Executive Officers
PRESIDENT
Rod Trider, FCAPA
VICE PRESIDENT
Carol Coleman
PAST PRESIDENT
Larry Breitkreutz, FCAPA
SECRETARY
Henry Schnell
Please welcome Michael Breakey to his new position as Director of Education
Special thanks to outgoing board members, Jacques Mailloux and Allen Bargen, for their contributions to CAPA

Fall Judging Courses

One of the mandates of the new executive is the expansion and promotion of clubs using CAPA Trained Judges to provide greater quality and consistency of results for our members. A CAPA Trained Judge is better able to provide quality and helpful comments, along with consistent scoring. CAPA Clubs will be provided with a list of Certified / Trained Judges in their Zone. We are also putting together a national list of CAPA judges to do on-line judging for our member clubs.

All CAPA Judges are required to take a course every 5 years to ensure they are keeping up to date.  CAPA has implemented a new On-line Judging system that will make hosting a competition much simpler. In order to increase the number of CAPA Trained Judges we will be increasing the number of course available across the country.

Confirmed Courses

Date/Time Event
Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Ottawa Judging Course
R.A. Centre, Clark Hall, Ottawa Ontario

Course details and registration will be posted here in September.

If your club would like to host a course in your region please contact Mike Breakey – Director of Education, education@capacanada.ca Or Rod Trider – President, president@capacanada.ca