Lion’s Gate Celebration of Nature

The Lion’s Gate Camera Club invites all BC and Yukon Camera Clubs to participate in their fourteenth annual digital competition. Registration is by Oct. 1, 2019 and the submission deadline is November 1st., 2019.

See the results from 2018 here.

Lion's Gate Celebration of Nature
Lion’s Gate Club Competition

GCPA International Salon

The Global Chinese Photographic Association is holding their first International Salon in 2019. This is a CAPA recognized Salon. There will be eight categories offered with a total of $10,000 in prizes. This competition closes on the 20th of September, 2019.

Please visit their website for more information

Upcoming CAPA Judging Courses

There are 4 upcoming CAPA Judging Courses this Autumn.

The first is September 21st in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, followed by Prince George in BC on Nov. 2nd.

Two Courses will be offered in November: Ottawa on November 23rd, and Saint-Hubert on November 30th. The Saint Hubert course will be offered in French.

Ce cours est organisé par le Club de photo l’Oeil qui voit de Saint-Hubert le samedi 30 novembre 2019.

Click here for more information.

CAPA Judging Course
Canadian Association for Photographic Art Judging Course

Kamloops Photo Exhibition of Baltzly (1871)

Interior Monologue Benjamin Baltzle and the Geological Survey of BC

A terrible title for an Exciting Exhibit!

Interior Monologues running till next November at the Kamloops Museum & Archives is a fascinating photo exhibit juxtaposing images taken in 1871 by Benjamin Baltzly as part of a Geological Survey of BC (The government was looking for a railway route through the Interior) with images taken in 2019 by KPAC FaceBook friend, Cory Hope. Cory had the help of KPAC’s Lindley Roff who used Google Earth and other resources to pinpoint the GPS locations of the same camera views. There are wonderful enlargements and original photos from the McCord Museum in Quebec along with archival material from the Kamloops Museum. This is a World Class exhibit. Don’t miss it!

Baltzly, along with a team from the Geological Survey of Canada, was tasked to prospect and document a
route through the interior plateau that would be suitable for the new railway that would connect BC to the rest of Canada.

Kamloops Museum & Archives
207 Seymour St. | 250-828-3576
Museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30AM – 4:30PM ~ Admission $3 per Adult/ $1 per Child

. . . .The expedition was fraught with bad planning and difficulties from the start. They did not leave Montreal until June 26; they missed their steamboat connection in San Francisco causing them to seek alternative transport by local steamer and stage coach. They were further delayed for fifteen days after arrival in Victoria because of the difficulty in locating and purchasing a camping outfit. On reaching Yale at the mouth of the Fraser River Canyon, approximately 120
miles from New Westminster on July 27, they could not find transport of any sort and were obliged to walk along the Cariboo Road up the Fraser River Canyon. Another two weeks were lost in Kamloops due to the difficulty in finding horses and men to hire for the trip into the wilderness of the North Thompson River, the real objective of the exploration party.

Source: “William Notman: the Stamp of a Studio,”
Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario and Coach House Press, 1985, p. 53-56.

Benjamine Baltzly Exhibition (youtube)

2019 Four Nations Win

Gold Medal - Monochrome - Australian Photographic Society -
Honour Award - Monochrome - Canadian Association For Photographic Art -
Honour Award - Monochrome - Photographic Society of South Africa -
Honour Award - Monochrome - Canadian Association For Photographic Art -
Gold Medal - Nature - Photographic Society of South Africa -
Honour Award - Nature - Photographic Society of New Zealand -
Honour Award - Nature - Photographic Society of New Zealand -
Honour Award - Nature - Canadian Association For Photographic Art -
Gold Medal - Open Theme - Canadian Association For Photographic Art -
Honour Award - Open Theme - Photographic Society of South Africa -
Honour Award - Open Theme - Australian Photographic Society -
Honour Award - Open Theme - Canadian Association For Photographic Art -
Gold Medal - Our Country - Canadian Association For Photographic Art -
Honour Award - Our Country - Canadian Association For Photographic Art -
Honour Award - Our Country - Canadian Association For Photographic Art -
Honour Award - Our Country - Canadian Association For Photographic Art - 'Peggy's Cove' by Dave Van De Laar

CAPA was awarded 1st place in this competitions for the fifth consecutive year in a row. Our placement in this competition was attributed some outstanding images which collectively received the highest scores in each of the four categories.

To learn more about the Four Nations Competitions, click here.

CAPA placed first overall with a total score of 1896.
The Photographic Society of South Africa had 1861.
The Australian Photographic Society had 1843.5,
The Photographic Society of new Zealand had 1811.5

1st place Open Monochrome. Individual awards were:

  • Salk Institute Plaza by Fern Gitter (Honour),
  • The Artist by Marg Foley (Honour)

1st place in Nature. Individual awards were:

  • The Lilac Breasted Roller and the Bee by Ilana Block (Honour)

1st place in Our Country. Individual awards were:

  •  Northern Lights in Yellowknife by Yung Niem (Gold),
  • Canadian Pacific by Hond Zhang (Honour),
  • RockSolid 50 Point by Dave Evans (Honour),
  • Peggys’ Cove by Dave Van de Laar (Honour)

1st place in Open. Individual awards were:

  • Belted Kingfisher with beetle juice by William Bickle (Honour)

To read the competition report, click here



Freeman Patterson Letters

Freeman Patterson, a CAPA life member, posts periodical letters on his website.

In the recent letter, Freeman talks about flowers and gardens including Kingsbrae Garden in St, Andrews, NB. It is a great place to visit in the summer. You can view the previous letters and sign up for the subscription here.


Capture of a Lifetime

Capture of a Lifetime

Michael Winsor, a CAPA member in Saint John’s, NL, is featured on the Newfoundland Photo Tours website. Amazing story, video, and images for this year’s iceberg. Please check it out at

Michael Winsor recently was recognized for an iceberg image taken in 2017. His image appeared on a Canadian stamp announced in January, 2019. Read the story here.

Canadian Stamp photograph by CAPA member photographer Michael Winsor
Michael Winsor’s photograph of an iceberg beside Rerryland, N.L.




Atlantic Zone 2020 Canada Salon


Among 39 images selected for 2020 Canada Salon are by those from Atlantic Zone:

  • Theme New Brunswick: Tracy Munson (Focus Camera Club), Maurice Melanson
  • Theme Nova Scotia: Viki Gaul (Photo Guild of Nova Scotia)
  • Theme Prince Edward Island: Isabelle Levesque (2 images)
  • Theme Newfoundland & Labrador: Darren Langdon (Camera 35), Michael Winsor

The selected images will be professionally printed and be put on display at the National Museum of Photography/Musée Populaire De La Photo in Drummondville Quebec between 7th January 2020 to 29th March 2020.

2nd Merit - New Brunswick image by Tracy Munson
Cliffside Camping by Tracy Munson

Harbour City Photo Exhibition Results

The results are in for the Harbour City Photography Exhibition held in Nanaimo, B.C.  May 27 – June 14th, 2019. This was endorsed by CAPA.

Black and White Category:

Judy Hancock Holland; 1st; On the Wings of a Dove
Rena Myles; 2nd; Leading Lines
Don Frood; 3rd; Vasco Da Gaman
Maggie Tilley; HM; Urban Bike Race

2019 Harbour City Photo Salon winner Judy Hancock Holland
On the Wings of a Dove by Judy Hancock Holland

Digital Art:

Rena Myles; 1st; Transcendence
Judy Hancock Holland; 2nd; Tulip No. 5
Jack Harynuk; 3rd; Mirrored March
Irene Peinhopf; HM; Fragmented

Transcendence by Rena Myles
Transcendence by Rena Myles


Bruce Moffat; 1st; Common Loon Close up on Maple Lake
Kate Ampersand; 2nd; Autumn Forest
Evan Guengerich; 3rd; Food Fight
Craig Letourneau; HM; Our Island Tree

Common Loon Close up on Maple Lake by Bruce Moffat


Sue Nurmi; 1st; Solitude
Leah Gray; 2nd; Wild Dance
John Young; 3rd; Mexican Fiesta
Michele Hillier; HM; Puno Dog, Peru 2018

Solitude by Sue Nurmi
Solitude by Sue Nurmi

New Judging Courses

There are two new judging courses coming up:

  • Swift Current on September 21st, 2019
  • Prince George on November 2nd, 2019

For more information and to register, please go to the CAPA Judging Page

Epson International Pano Awards

Pano Awards Call for Entries

The EPSON International Pano Awards 2019

US $50,000 prize pool, including $12,000 cash!
Enter online at

Professional and amateur photographers around the world are invited to enter The 10th EPSON International Pano Awards to compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes.

Early-bird entries are open now until Monday 1st July, 2019.

The EPSON International Pano Awards is dedicated to the craft and art of panoramic photography. Advances in digital photography and editing software have resulted in an ever-increasing rise in the
popularity of image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. VR ‘immersive’ photography also continues to excite and develop at a rapid pace, and dedicated panoramic film photographers still

The Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography.

The 2018 competition saw 4937 images submitted from 1251 photographers in 74 countries.

The 2019 competition is open to all professional and amateur photographers with a combined pool of more than US$50,000, including $12,000 cash.

Prizes include an Epson SureColor P7070 printer, an Epson SureColor P5070 printer, an Epson EB- 1776 ultra-slim projector and a Nikon D850 camera.

We also welcome new sponsor Haida, and welcome back One-of-a-Kind Photography Adventures.

The judging panel includes some of the world’s top photographers and industry professionals, including Adam Williams, William Long, Isabella Tabacchi, Bill Bailey, Mark Gray, Aaron Spence, Chris Collacott, Abe Blair, Timothy Poulton, Sean Davey, Juan Pablo de Miguel, Anna Gibiskys and Ayrton Camargo.

CAPA Survey

We would like to thank all those who took time to complete the CAPA Members Survey as it will help provide direction for the future.

Please note that although every comment has been read, the surveys were anonymous, so if you had a question or wished to volunteer, please contact an executive member directly.

Emails are listed under the Board of Directors page.

Rod Trider
President, CAPA

Niagara Region DR Virginia Stranaghan

Appointment – DR for Niagara Region, Ontario Zone

Niagara District

We are pleased to announce that Virginia Stranaghan has again taken up the gauntlet of District Representative for the Niagara Region in the Ontario Zone.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Virginia lives in Lincoln, Ontario. From an early age she was encouraged to appreciate the world of art, and even during her profession as an I.T. Manager, prior to retiring in January 2016, she was commissioned to photograph engineering projects.

Virginia has held numerous positions in several camera clubs, including Competitions Chair, Treasurer, and Board Director with the Latow Photographers Guild; Webmaster for the Trillium Photographic Club; Website Assistant with the St. Catharines Photographic Club; and Program Chair, External Liaison, Secretary, Vice President and currently President of the Hamilton Camera Club

She has also an extensive history with CAPA, including being the Niagara District Rep from 2007 – 2018, during which time she simultaneously held the position of CAPA’s Competitions Director. A CAPA certified judge since 2008, Virginia is also an OCCC (Ontario Council of Camera Clubs formerly GTCC) certified judge since 2009.

Virginia has attained various photographic recognitions over the years, including Juror’s Choice in the UNESCO Kaleidoscope Annual Photographic Awards 2011; Juror’s Choice in the AGB Juried Show (UN Year of the Forest); 2nd Place – Silver in CAPA’s 2013 AV Competition; 1st Place – Gold in the GTCCC Inter Club 2015; 1st Place in the NFRCC Annual Spring Seminar 2015 Competition; Honour Award in CAPA’s Nature Competition October 2018; and 1st Merit – Place & an Honour Award in CAPA’s Monochrome Competition January 2019.

Virginia states that “as a photographic artist the world around me is my inspiration and fuels my passion to capture my vision in a photograph; this drives me to continue to pursue and develop my skills and style.”

2019 Harbour City Salon

Harbour City Photography Club in Nanaimo is presenting a Photo Salon from May 27th to June 14. This is a juried exhibition showcasing nearly 100 Vancouver Island Photographers.

Location: The View Gallery, Building 330, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo

Date: May 27 to June 14

More Information:

Photo Salon at the View Gallery in Nanaimo
Photo Salon, May 27 – June 14, 2019


Victoria News

Three Victoria Camera Club photographers were recently selected to represent Canada in Four Nations competition.

Capturing the beauty of the Island is something that comes naturally to the Victoria Camera Club’s members, but especially for Mike Wooding, Leah Gray and Daniel Rondeau, whose photos have been selected to represent Canada in the Four Nations Photography Competition.

CCC2019 Photo Workshop

Workshop at CCC2019: Beyond the Art of Headshot

We have lots of photo field trips but we only have one true photo Workshop for the Canadian Camera Conference this year (CCC2019). On Monday July 15, we have our speaker Rafal Wegiel teaching an all-day class on how he creates unique headshots. See his latest sample below.

Canadian Camera Conference in Calgary, July 2019

ccc2019 Workshop in July, 2019 by Rafal Wegiel

Crescent Beach B&W Winners

Here are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners and the three honourable mentions from our 2019 Black and White invitational print competition held on Saturday April 27th 2019.
Any ties and the final picks were selected by our three judges.

1st place – Making Dumplings by Stella Wong
2nd place – Lazy Afternoon by Dennis Milligan
3rd place – Resistance is Futile by Bill Bentley
HM – Path to the Unknown by Hamid Ebrahimi
HM Handsome Gobbler by Roy Abbott
Club HM – Hi Rise Books by Jim Hatch


Gala Des Prix Focus

Invitation to Focus Awards Gala
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Invitation à l’inscription au 3e Gala des Prix Focus!

M. Jonathan Hugues Potvin, directeur du Musée national de la photographie, a le plaisir d’inviter les photographes professionnels et amateurs à s’inscrire au 3e Gala prix Focus. En primeur cette année, de nouvelles catégories font leur entrée, dont le Focus de l’ACAP, le Focus Jeunesse, le Grand Focus Masculin et Féminin ainsi que le Focus Rallye-équipe. Également nouveau cette année, les participants devront
souscrire comme membres supporteurs du Musée National de la Photographie préalablement à leur inscription.

Pour recevoir votre formulaire d’inscription, veuillez communiquer avec le Musée national de la photographie au (819) 474-5782 ou par courriel au La date de tombée pour recevoir les formulaires remplis est le 12 juillet 2019.

Inscriptions to the 3rd Focus Awards Gala are now open!

M. Jonathan Hugues Potvin, director of the Musée national de la photographie, is pleased to invite professional and amateur photographers to apply for the 3rd Focus Awards Gala. This year will see the introduction of new categories: the CAPA Focus, the Youth Focus, Male and Female Focus and the Team-Rally Focus. Also new this year, participants must register as Supporting Members of the Musée National de la Photographie prior to submitting their application.

To receive your entry form, please contact the Musée de la Photographie at (819) 474-5782 or send an email request to The deadline for receiving entries is 12 July 2019.

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Zone du Québec – Nouvelles de mai – Quebec Zone – May News

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Un atelier pour les membres de l’ACAP

L’Association canadienne d’art photographique vise à promouvoir et à disséminer l’art et la science de la photographie sous toutes ses formes à l’usage et au profit de ses membres.

Avec cet objectif en vue, la zone du Québec de l’ACAP planifie offrir à ses membres individuels et aux membres de ses clubs un atelier théorique et pratique d’une journée sur la photographie noir et blanc.

  • L’atelier se déroulera le 26 octobre 2019 dans la région de Montréal. Le local sera déterminé ultérieurement.
  • L’atelier pourra accueillir un nombre maximum de 15 participants. Si la demande le justifie, l’atelier pourrait être redonné.
  • L’atelier, composé de parties théoriques et pratiques, sera dirigé par M. Carlos Richer. Une courte biographie est jointe.
  • Une documentation, distribuée au préalable, donnera une mission photo et demandera aux participants de faire ou de trouver des images qui seront traitées lors de l’atelier.
  • Afin de profiter au maximum de l’atelier, les participants devront avoir avec eux un ordinateur portable avec Lightroom et Photoshop et maitriser les bases de ces deux logiciels.

Notez bien que l’atelier ne sera pas un cours de Lightroom ou de Photoshop, mais plutôt dédié à la créa@on d’images photographiques à l’aide de techniques intermédiaires et avancés.

  • Le coût de l’atelier, 125$ incluant les taxes, sera payable lors de l’inscription.
  • Si vous désirez participer à cet atelier veuillez le signifier en envoyant un courriel à Une liste des participants sera établie selon l’heure et la date de réception. Un formulaire d’inscription suivra.
ACAP CAPA Monochrome
Carlos Richer

Carlos Richer — Notes biographiques

Fasciné par l’image, Carlos Richer a complété un baccalauréat en arts visuels avec spécialisation en photographie à l’Université d’OYawa, tout en travaillant comme projectionniste dans un cinéma de

En 1992, Carlos s’installe à Montréal pour travailler comme photographe de plateau, puis entreprend des études en infographie au Collège Marsan, question d’amorcer le virage numérique sur Adobe
Photoshop 1.5 Son diplôme en poche et passionné de Photoshop, il débute une carrière dans l’enseignement en photographie, en infographie et en multimédia.

En 2004, Carlos Richer fait l’acquisition du Collège Marsan qu’il dirige depuis. Il offre aussi ses services à titre de consultant en imagerie numérique et en photographie panoramique auprès d’agences de
publicité et de grandes entreprises.

En 2018, Carlos se joint à l’équipe de ESMA avec les Collèges SaleYe et Marsan dans les nouveaux locaux au 3536 boulevard St-Laurent (l’ancien cinéma ExCentristi.

Depuis 2012 Carlos Richer donne aussi plusieurs conférences sur l’inspiration, la créativité et comment trouver sa voix photographique.

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.

Zone du Québec – Nouvelles de mai – Quebec Zone – May News

A Workshop for CAPA Members

The Canadian Association for Photographic Art strives to promote and disseminate the art and science of photography in all its forms for the use and benefit of its members.
With this objective in mind, CAPA’s Quebec Zone plans to offer its individual members and the members of its Clubs a theoretical and practical one-day workshop dealing with Black and White photography.

  • The workshop will take place on 26 octobre 2019 in the Montreal area. The specific locale will be determined shortly.
  • The workshop will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants. A second workshop may be opened to meet additional demand.
  • The workshop, comprising both theoretical and practical aspects, will be led by Mr. Carlos Richer. A short biography follows.
  • Participants will receive documentation prior to the event including a photographic assignment destined to generate images to be treated in the workshop.
  • To get the most from the workshop, participants should bring a portable computer equipped with Lightroom and Photoshop software and have a good knowledge of the operation of these

Please note: this is not a Lightroom and Photoshop workshop, but one dedicated to the application of intermediate and advanced techniques in the creation of photographic images.

  • the cost of the workshop, 125$ including taxes, is payable on registration.
  • If you wish to participate in this workshop, please send an email to A list of participants will be established based on the hour and date of reception. A registration form
    will follow.

Carlos Richer — Biographical Notes

With a fascination for images, Carlos Richer completed a bachelor degree in visual arts with a specialization in photography at the University of Ottawa, while working as a projectionist in a repertory
film cinema.

Carlos moved to Montreal in 1992 to work as a film set photographer before undertaking studies in computer graphics at the College Marsan in order to meet the digital challenge with Adobe Photoshop
1.5 With his diploma in hand and a passion for Photoshop, he launched his teaching career in
photography, computer graphics and multimedia.

In 2004, Carlos Richer acquired the College Marsan which he has directed ever since. He also offers his services as a consultant in digital imagery and panoramic photography to advertising agencies and large

In 2018, Carlos joined the ESMA team with the Colleges Salette and Marsan, in a new location at 3536, Saint-Laurent Boulevard (previously the ExCentris Cinemati.

Since 2012, Carlos Richer gives presentations on inspiration, on creativity and on finding one’s personal photographic style.

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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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival has announced the full program for the 23rd edition of the Toronto-wide event spanning the month of May, including its core programming of 23 primary exhibitions and 15 public installations.

Influential American artist Carrie Mae Weems will headline this year’s festival with an exhibition in five parts sited at distinct locations across the city, representing her first solo exhibition in Canada.

In addition to Weems, a selection of outstanding North American and international photographic artists will present an array of projects in museums, galleries and public spaces across Toronto.
“The range of artists that we have gathered for this year’s edition of CONTACT truly span the globe and bring insights and observations on so many different cultural, political and environmental issues,” CONTACT executive director Darcy Killeen says.

“The entire CONTACT team is honoured to have such a diversity of talent on view in Toronto this May and we thank our many partners and supporters for making all of this possible.”

Beyond its core exhibitions, CONTACT includes featured and open call exhibitions that present a range of works by artists at leading galleries and alternative spaces across the city.

CONTACT also organizes and co-presents a wide range of programs, including a book fair, book dummy reviews, lectures, panels and workshops appealing to a wide audience.

Full details are available on the CONTACT website ( The festival is free and open to the public, with some exceptions at major museums.