Mon pays / My country camera winner Michael Winsor

Michael Winsor wins an Olympus Camera at the Mon pays / My Country exhibition in Quebec.

The salon “mon pays / my country” was held at Musée national de la Photographie in Quebec for the month of January through March, 2020. 39 pictures were showcased to represent all provinces and territories in Canada. At the opening the judges selected top three pictures for the prizes provided by Olympus. And the 1st prize went to Michael Winsor for his image of “Magical Moment”, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).

Michael Wiinsor is a CAPA Individual member and a member of Camera 35 that is a CAPA Club member. Michael lives in St. John’s and makes amazing photographs of the icebergs that appear around NL. One of his images was selected by Canada Post for a postage stamp. Michael is the District Representative of NL since October, 2019.

Congratulations!

Le Salon « Mon pays — My Country », un franc succès

Le Salon « Mon pays — My Country »,
Le Salon « Mon pays — My Country »
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Le Salon « Mon pays — My Country », un franc succès

Fondé en 2003 et situé à Drummondville, à mi-chemin entre Montréal et Québec, le Musée national de la photographie Desjardins (MNPD) est relativement peu connu au-delà de son périmètre local en dépit de sa remarquable collection permanente de photos et d’appareils photographiques. En plus d’accueillir des expositions photographiques à longueur d’année, c’est aussi un lieu de recherche, d’enseignement et de diffusion dédié au rayonnement artistique et culturel de la photographie et de son histoire. C’est donc avec un partenaire de haut calibre que l’ACAP a choisi de collaborer en proposant une exposition de photographies parmi les meilleures oeuvres de ses membres pour rendre hommage à la beauté du paysage, de la flore et de la faune du Canada. Le MNPD a accueilli des visiteurs à cette exposition entre le 6 janvier et le 29 mars, une initiative d’envergure pour la promotion de l’art photographique au Canada.

Le Salon « Mon pays — My Country » s’est greffé au concours de l’ACAP « Canada My Country — Canada mon pays ». À partir des plus de 860 photographies soumises à l’édition 2019 de ce concours, trente neuf oeuvres ont été choisies — trois des meilleures images de chacune des dix provinces et des trois territoires du Canada —  pour représenter les quatre coins de notre grand pays. Imprimée sur des supports de grand format, cette collection impressionnante a séduit plus de 3000 visiteurs venant du Québec ainsi qu’en provenance de la France, de la Suisse, de la Belgique, des États-Unis, et de plusieurs autres provinces canadiennes.

D’importants efforts ont été déployés dans l’organisation de l’évènement. Né d’une idée embryonnaire au début de 2018, le projet s’est matérialisé grâce à l’enthousiasme et à la ferveur de nombreux collaborateurs de l’ACAP et du MNPD, en particulier du directeur de la zone du Québec de l’ACAP, Alain Dubeau, et du directeur général du MNPD, Jonathan Hugues Potvin. De plus, le Salon s’est attiré l’appui d’un partenaire commercial important, la corporation Olympus. En tant que présentateur et commanditaire du Salon, Olympus a gracieusement fourni des appareils photo qui ont été donnés en prix lors du vernissage de l’exposition, le 19 janvier. Voir les gagnants ici:  Michael Winsor, Hong Zhang, Steve Donnelly

La réussite de cette collaboration est dûe en grande partie à sa capacité à répondre aux objectifs stratégiques de ses deux partenaires. D’une part, le MNPD cherchait à augmenter sa présence et son rayonnement sur la scène canadienne. Accueillir une collection de photographies projetant une image saisissante et attrayante du Canada répondait parfaitement à ses besoins. D’autre part, l’ACAP est toujours à l’affut de moyens de faire rayonner le talent créatif de ses membres et d’en attirer de nouveaux. Le Salon s’est démontré être une excellente plateforme pour l’avancement et la promotion de l’art photographique en affirmant le rôle de l’ACAP en tant qu’acteur de premier plan sur la scène artistique canadienne.

Le succès de cet évènement ainsi que les nombreux éloges qui ont été exprimés par ses visiteurs ont mené naturellement à réfléchir à la possibilité de profiter de la richesse photographique du Salon pour en faire un évènement itinérant à présenter à un plus grand auditoire, sur un plus vaste territoire. De fait, toutes les photos du Salon seront archivées et confiées au soins d’une institution muséale de confiance et le MNPD a déjà exprimé son intérêt à renouveler l’expérience du Salon en 2022.

Michael Winsor: Newfoundland and Labrador
Hong Zhang: Alberta
Steve Donnelly: Manitoba

The “Mon pays – My Country”, A Success Story

Founded in 2003 and located in Drummondville, halfway between Montréal and Québec City, the Musée national de la photographie Desjardins (MNPD) is relatively little known outside its local area, which is surprising, considering its impressive permanent collection of photographs and photographic equipment. As well as hosting photographic exhibitions throughout the year, the museum also supports research, education, and publishing dedicated to the history and promotion of photographic art and culture. It was with this unique and inspiring partner that the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA) chose to collaborate by proposing an exhibition of photographs from among its members’ best work, paying tribute to the beauty of Canada’s landscape, flora and fauna. The MNPD welcomed visitors to the resulting event between January 6 and March 29, 2020, thus inaugurating a major initiative for the promotion of photographic art in Canada.
The Salon “Mon pays — My Country” was created as an offshoot of CAPA’s competition “Canada My Country — Canada mon pays”. From among over 860 photographs submitted to the 2019 edition of this competition, 39 works were chosen—three of the best images of each of the ten provinces and three territories—representing the breadth and scope of our immense country. With each image printed on large poster board, this stunning display was viewed by more than 3000 visitors from Québec, and also from France, Switzerland, Belgium, the U.S., and several other Canadian provinces.

Enormous efforts were required to bring about the Salon. Starting from an initial vision that took shape in early 2018, the project was brought to fruition thanks to the enthusiasm and drive of a whole team of collaborators from CAPA and the MNPD, in particular those of Alain Dubeau, director of CAPA’s Québec Zone, and of Jonathan Hugues Potvin, director general of the MNPD. Moreover, the Salon attracted the support of an important commercial ally, Olympus Corporation; as the Salon’s presenter and sponsor, Olympus provided the cameras that were given as prizes at the official opening ceremony on January 19. See the winners here: Michael Winsor,  Hong Zhang,  Steve Donnelly 

The positive results of this collaborative effort can be primarily attributed to its ability to respond to the strategic needs of the two organizing bodies. The MNPD was looking to increase its presence and its influence on the Canadian scene; hosting a major collection of photographs projecting vivid and striking impressions of Canada was the perfect step to reaching this goal. For its part, CAPA is continuously seeking ways of showcasing the creative talent of its members and of attracting new ones; the Salon proved to be an excellent platform for the advancement and promotion of photographic art and for confirming CAPA’s position as a key player on the Canadian artistic scene.

The success of the event and the many positive comments that were made by visitors naturally led to a reflection on the possibility of building upon the assets of this rich photographic collection and transforming it into a traveling exhibition to share with a larger audience, over a wider territory. In fact, all the photographs of the Salon will be archived under the care of a trusted museum authority and the MNPD has already expressed an interest in renewing the Salon experience in 2022.

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Team Canada – World Photographic Cup

Hello fellow CAPA members.

In 2020, Canada will enjoy its highest showing at the World Photographic Cup in the last 5 years. While it is too early to know the exact results, 4 Canadian Photographers finished in the Top 10 of their respective categories. This is exceptional, as each one of those images (from the 18 submitted) get Team Canada points towards a country award. And each one of those Photographers will qualify for a medal.

Welcome to the World Photographic Cup! I highly recommend that you go to their website to understand the organization and this competition.

In 2020 (teams assembled in 2019) there were 43 countries competing for the top spots. Over 750 images in 6 categories vying for the right to call themselves the best.

It’s the Olympics of Photography.

The final awards ceremony is slated for March 23, 2020 at 18:30 local time in Rome Italy (editor’s note: The ceremony has been moved to September 28th). Canada will be well represented with 2 Team Canada members and 1 co-captain (all of this is dependent on travel restrictions due to the Novel Coronavirus). You can watch it online – just go to the World Photographic Cup facebook page.

Why do we have a Team Canada?

We have a Team Canada because 4 organizations (CAPA, CAPIC, NPAC, and PPOC) were able to reach out to their members and assemble a library of incredible images to choose from. WPC Team Canada is not affiliated with any specific national association – it transcends any specific organization and reaches out to all 4.

Each association allocates a representative and any resources they feel can help us put together a great team. PPOC is currently the financial and administrative sponsor, while NPAC provides strong support on the press release side. This year we were able to get national exposure thanks to NPAC. CAPA provided a strong judging contingent as well as some great training to our Co-Captains regarding understanding international judging.

Anyone can enter. Any Canadian who feels they have an image that is worthy of the international stage can enter. It can be from someone who does it for a living, or someone who happened to be at the right place at the right time with the right equipment. They don’t even have to belong to an association (although that does get you a small discount!).

What do you get out of it? If Photography is your business, you can get great marketing opportunities – from “I am on WPC Team Canada” to “I won a medal at the Olympics of Photography”. If Photography is not your business, then you go for the glory and the bragging rights!

It’s not for the faint of heart. I watched 60 top notch images in one category get whittled down to 10 – and then 3. Like the current state of the salary cap NHL, the difference between the 4th best image and the 20th best image was miniscule.

The judges are trained to choose the best images for INTERNATIONAL competition. Why is this important to you? Because it means you should not put in your favourite image from a North American competition but go to the World Photographic Cup and see what other nations judges love – see what did well in International Competition. The world is a big place, and there are a lot of different tastes in China, Japan, and Russia! Give yourself that edge and do your homework.

I look forward to seeing your entries. The portal will open in early June 2020. More images to choose from means a stronger team. A stronger team means that if you make it, you made in spite of greater odds. But you won’t make it if you don’t try.

I am always available for questions and always willing to help. Don’t hesitate to email me at geraldpdavid@me.com, or call me at (403) 816-9935.

Gerry

Challenging Times – a message from the President

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Dear CAPA Members & Friends,

Rod Trider, president of Canadian Association for Photographic Art
CAPA President: Rod Trider

CAPA has had to cancel or postpone several courses and activities. During these trying times we know that as Canadians we will work through this and become stronger as a community. We hope that you will take this time to create new images, update some skills, photograph what’s in your back yard, or work on your macro skills. Take time to be creative.

Our volunteer Competitions team is hard at work to ensure that the upcoming individual and club competitions run smoothly. Our Certified Judges who also volunteer their time are looking forward to evaluating your great images. Even if you do not normally enter a CAPA competition, this may be the perfect time to use our competitions to push your photographic boundaries. By early April we plan to publish the list of competitions for the Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 season. Hopefully the new list will inspire people to work toward creating entries for the various categories.

Moreover, as a reminder we are always looking for interesting articles from members for the Canadian Camera magazine. And our Monthly Newsletter is a great way to learn about current events.

Thank you for all you do to help promote CAPA. Without members like you, we would not be the national organization that we are today and will be in the future.

Although we all have had our lives disrupted, let’s all do what we can to help our friends and neighbors, first responders, health care professionals, and everyone who is keeping our lights on and our grocery shelves stocked.

On behalf of the CAPA executive and directors we hope you stay safe. Our mothers were right – wash your hands! With common sense and good hygiene, we will get back to normal in the coming months.

Sincerely,

Rod Trider, FCAPA
President

Chers membres et amis de l’ACAP

À la lumière des événements récents, l’ACAP a dû annuler ou reporter plusieurs cours et activités. En ces temps difficiles, nous savons qu’en tant que Canadiens, nous ressortirons de cette épreuve plus fort que jamais en tant que communauté.

Nous espérons que vous profiterez de ce moment pour créer de nouvelles images, mettre à jour certaines compétences, photographier ce qui se trouve dans votre arrière-cour, ou travailler sur vos compétences macro. Soyez créatifs.

Notre équipe de compétition bénévole est toujours à pied d’œuvre pour assurer le bon déroulement des prochaines compétitions individuelles et de club. Nos juges formés qui donnent également de leur temps ont hâte d’évaluer vos superbes images. Même si vous ne participez pas normalement à un concours de l’ACAP, c’est peut être le moment idéal pour utiliser nos concours pour repousser vos limites photographiques. Au début d’avril, nous prévoyons de publier la liste des compétitions pour la saison automne 2020 – printemps 2021. Espérons que cette nouvelle liste incitera également les gens à travailler davantage à la création d’entrées pour les différentes catégories.

De plus, pour rappel, nous recherchons toujours des articles intéressants de la part des membres pour le magazine Canadian Camera. Et comme toujours, notre bulletin mensuelle est un excellent moyen de vous renseigner sur les actualités.

Merci pour tout ce que vous faites pour promouvoir l’ACAP. Sans membres comme vous, nous ne serions pas l’organisation nationale que nous sommes aujourd’hui.

Bien que nos vies aient toutes été perturbées, faisons tout ce que nous pouvons pour aider nos amis et nos voisins, les premiers intervenants, les professionnels de la santé, et tous ceux qui gardent nos lumières allumées et nos étagères d’épicerie approvisionnées.

Au nom du conseil d’administration de l’ACAP, nous espérons que vous restez en sécurité. Nos mères avaient raison – lavez-vous les mains! Avec bon sens et bonne hygiène, nous reviendrons à la normale dans les prochains mois.

Cordialement,

Rod Trider, FCAPA
Président

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CanAm Expo Judging Course Cancelled

The CAPA Judging Course that was scheduled as part of the CanAm Expo has been postponed until 2021.

The Judging Course will be run on Friday March 12, 2021. The CanAm Expo will now be held March 12-14, 2021.

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Annulation Cours de Juge – Cancellation Judging Course

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Annulation Cours de Juge – Club Photo Impression, 21 mars 2020

Le Gouvernement du Québec recommande l’annulation, à compter du 12 mars 2020 et pour une période de 30 jours, de tous les rassemblements intérieurs qui ne sont pas nécessaires. De plus la ville de Montréal a annoncé la fermeture de nombreux édifices de rassemblement sur le territoire de la ville. Le bâtiment Loisirs Communautaires S-Michel est fermé jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Bien que le risque posé par COVID-19 reste faible, nous devons assurer la sécurité de nos membres de la communauté photographique.

L’ACAP, pour des raisons indépendantes de sa volonté découlant directement des dernières directives relatives à la pandémie COVID -19 en cours, doit annuler le cours de juge de l’ACAP prévu pour le 21 mars 2020, dont le Club Photo Impression de Montréal est l’hôte. L’ACAP a l’intention de reprogrammer ce cours à une date ultérieure. Nous vous aviserons dès que plus d’information sera disponible et les conditions permettront la tenue de ce cours.

Veuillez nous excuser pour ce revers et nous espérons de vous voir bientôt. Toutes les inscriptions seront honorées pour le cours reprogrammé ou vous pouvez demander un remboursement. Veuillez noter que toute demande de remboursement peut être adressée à Alain Dubeau à Quebec@capacanada.ca afin qu’elles puissent être traitées en temps opportun.

Rod Trider
Président de l’ACAP

Cancellation Judging Course – Club Photo Impression, March 21, 2020

The Government of Quebec recommends the cancellation, as of March 12, 2020 and for a period of 30 days, of all indoor gatherings that are not necessary. In addition, the City of Montreal has announced the closure of many buildings throughout the city. The St-Michel Community Recreation Building is closed until further notice. Although the risk posed by COVID-19 remains low, we must ensure the safety of our members of the photographic community.

CAPA, for reasons beyond its control directly arising from the latest COVID-19 pandemic guidelines in progress, must cancel the French CAPA Judging Course scheduled for March 21, 2020, hosted by the Club l Photo Impression of Montreal. CAPA intends to reschedule this course later. We will notify you as soon as more information becomes available and the conditions will allow this course to be held.

We apologize for this setback and look forward to seeing you soon. All registrations will be honored for the rescheduled course or you may request a refund. Please note that any refund requests should be addressed to Alain Dubeau at Quebec@capacanada.ca so they can be processed in a timely manner.

Rod Trider
CAPA President

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Kayla Stevenson, FCAPA

Kayla has been a photographer since her teen years when she proudly used her first camera, a Kodak ‘Brownie’ to record a family trip to the Grand Canyon. Since then the technology and her gear have changed many times, but her enthusiasm for photography has not. She currently shoots with three cameras interchangeably – a Canon 7D Mark II DSLR, Sony a6000 Mirrorless and iPhone X, all with good capabilities for both still and video.

She loves to travel and has the good fortune and good health to be able to travel all over the world, including many trips to Africa, her favourite place for adventure and wildlife photography. More recently, her journey has taken her more towards artistic interpretations of her images, both in camera and in her digital darkroom, always exploring and learning new ways to present her photographic stories.

An active volunteer, Kayla serves on the Executive of the Langley Camera Club. She is also a CAPA Certified Judge. She has been a member of CAPA since 2010 and currently serves on the National Board as Director of Membership.

Prairie Zone Competition 2020

CAPA Prairie Zone Competition 2020 (Pilot Project)

I am pleased to make this announcement with the agreement of Sheldon Boles, CAPA Competition Director.

As a pilot project CAPA Prairie Zone (PZ) will conduct a competition. The submitted images will be judged by 3 CAPA Certified Judges. Here is the description of it.

  • Who is eligible: CAPA Individual/Family Members in the PZ and All current members of the CAPA Club Members in the PZ
  • Theme: Life in the Prairie Zone. We are looking for images to celebrate the dynamic prairie region and what it has to offer photographers. The are no editing restrictions to the images.
  • Closing Date: April 20, 2020
  • Submission: 1 or 2 images per member sent to Prairie prairie@capacanada.ca with the title of your email as “CAPA Prairie Competition Submission”. Please be advised that the image (s) you send must be in the size described in the Image Specifications below.
  • Rules: Please read the rules at https://capacanada.ca/2019-open-theme/ and follow the instructions for submission. (Editing Criteria, Eligibility Criteria, Image Specifications, and Judging Criteria)
  • Awards: Only for individual images not the total scores of the 2 images

Best regards,
Dan Sigouin
CAPA Prairie Zone Director

2020 Annual Challenge Sponsorship by Canon

Canon R5
Canon R5 Full frame mirrorless camera

The 2020 Annual Photo Challenge will mark the 16th anniversary of this CAPA member competition. The theme of the 2020 competition is minimalism.

For the purposes of this competition, minimalism is an effort to provoke emotional response or convey a unique visual experience. Distractions are kept to a minimum and one is left with the essential details to convey the intended focus or emphasis by the photographer. Simplicity is a key principle of minimalism. The competition is only open to Individual CAPA members, CAPA Life members and CAPA Family Members. The closing date of the competition is midnight (EST, Ontario) on April 30, 2020. this competition is being hosted by CAPA and will be coordinated by the CAPA Director of Competitions. Questions about the competition should be directed to the competition coordinator at Competitions@capacanada.ca

The Canadian Association for Photographic Art is pleased to announce that Canon Canada has once again agreed to be the primary sponsor of the Annual Photo Challenge. Canon will be providing cameras to the first, second and third place winners.

Canon has just announced the new full frame mirrorless EOS R5.

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Annual Photo Challenge for individual members of CAPA. The theme for this competition is Minimalism. Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2020.

Canon R5
caméra plein cadre sans miroir EOS R5

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Cette année marque le 16ième anniversaire du concours Défi photo annuel pour les membres de l’ACAP.

Le thème de ce concours est le minimalisme.

Le minimalisme est un effort pour provoquer une réaction émotionnelle ou présenter une expérience visuelle unique. Les distractions sont restreintes au minimum et l’observateur ne voit que les détails essentiels pour l’amener à visualiser ce sur quoi le photographe avait l’intention d’attirer le regard ou de souligner.

L’Association Canadienne d’art photographique est heureuse d’annoncer que Canon Canada a une fois de plus accepté d’être le principal commanditaire du Défi photo annuel. Canon offrira des caméras aux gagnants de la première, deuxième et troisième place.

Canon vient d’annoncer sa toute nouvelle caméra plein cadre sans miroir EOS R5.

Cette année marque le 16ième anniversaire du Défi photo annuel pour les membres individuels de l’ACAP. Le thème de ce concours est le Minimalisme. La période pour la soumission des images se termine le 30 avril 2020.

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HONOUR - Jacinthe Leblanc - New Brunswick
Gold Medal Liliane Audet I Love Coffee
HONOUR - Ted Akune - Keeping Watch
HONOUR - Betty Johnston - Waiting For The Eulachon Bella Coola BC
Honour Award Vernona Jungling

Carol Jackson, DR Lower Mainland, Pacific Zone

Carol Jackson
District Rep. Carol Jackson – Lower Mainland, Pacific Zone

Carol is our newest District Representative for the Lower Mainland in the Pacific Zone.

Carol’s interest in photography began in the early 1980’s, when she bought her first camera, a Nikon, after graduating from Nursing. Photography took a backseat to family and career until 2010 when she was forced to take a long hiatus from work due to a severe car accident. Enter a new Nikon camera, photography lessons and membership in the Surrey Photography Club. Carol is now the Field trip and Membership Coordinator for the club. She’s also a member of the Langley Camera Club and Bridge lake Club in BC’s Cariboo.

Carol loves landscape and macro in particular and also has a growing interest in IPhoneography.

Outside photography, she owns two dogs, participates in dog training and enters them into competitions.

Tanner Sussi, DR Lower Mainland, Pacific Zone

Tanner Susi
District Rep. Tanner Sussi – Lower Mainland, Pacific Zone

Tanner Sussi is our newest District Representative for the Lower Mainland in the Pacific Zone.

Tanner’s photographic career ideas were put on hold for 20 years while her career with the government of Canada kept her busy. During this time she was very active, enjoying everything the outdoors offered. In 2014 she took early retirement due to an injury and was still able to enjoy walking. Slowing to this pace, Tanner noticed many beautiful things and bought a digital camera to capture them. Now her walks were even more interesting and she returned to her original interest in photography that had spawned earlier.

Tanner joined a Facebook group in order to learn digital processing. Her progress with all things digital surged leading her to join the Surrey and Langley Photography clubs, where she began to participate in competitions and displaying prints in art galleries.

In 2018 Tanner took the CAPA judging course and has recently completed the requirements to become a Certified CAPA judge.

New CAPA Judges

On Tuesday, Jan 14th, Rod Trider and Glenn Bloodworth presented CAPA Judging Certification certificates to 3 RA Photo Club members and 1 other Ottawa area CAPA member.

The new CAPA Certified judges are:

  • Michael Vuckovic
  • Mario Cerroni
  • Bill McCloskey
  • Manfred Mueller

Congratulations!

Bill McCloskey. (left) with CAPA president Rod Trider (Photo by Michael Vuckovic)
Left to Right: Rod Trider, Michael Vuckovic, Mario Cerroni, Bill McCloskey (photo by Abby Gossage)
Michael Vuckovic (left) with Rod Trider (Photo by Michael Vuckovic)

Sheldon Boles, FCAPA

Sheldon first picked up a 35mm camera in high school and later did some darkroom work with a professional photographer.

His experience with cameras evolved from film (Nikon Spotmatic and Canon AE-1 to the Canon digital systems.

Sheldon has capture images in his various moves across Canada as well as his trips to Africa, Europe, Central America and throughout North America.

In joining CAPA in 2011, he quickly accepted the role of a Competition Coordinator for several competitions and later became the CAPA Director of Competitions. In this role, he has coordinated and managed many national and international competitions.

With his experience as a webmaster, Sheldon was selected to be on the CAPA new website development team.

In 2017, Sheldon was awarded the Fellowship Honor (FCAPA) in recognition of exceptional photographic achievement and service to the Canada Association for Photographic Art.

Recently, Sheldon also took on the responsibilities of CAPA’s Competition Standards Chairperson.

Le Focus Camera Club HM

workhop with the Focus Camera Club in Moncton
Focus Camera Club Workhop (photo by Jacinthe Sam LeBlanc)

Focus camera club received an Honourable Mention on the Fall Open competition (November 30th 2019)
Jacinthe Sam LeBlanc form Focus Camera Club, offered a workshop, on miniature people photography, many participants enjoyed creating funny scenario’s, it was also a great learning and creative workshop.

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Le Focus Camera Club a reçu une mention d’honneur lors de la compétition de l’Open d’automne (30 novembre 2019)
Jacinthe Sam LeBlanc, du Focus Camera Club, a offert un atelier sur la photographie de personnes miniatures. De nombreux participants ont apprécié la création d’amusants scénarios, ce fut également un excellent atelier d’apprentissage et de créativité.

Kayla Stevenson receives FCAPA

Kayla Stevenson
Kayla Stevenson receives her FCAPA designation from Sheldon Boles. Photo by Carla Hamilton.

Thank you for permitting me to make this presentation tonight to Kayla Stevenson.

In her teen years, Kayla became interested in photography using her Kodak Brownie to record family outings.

She has evolved from film to the digital world with her current collection of image capturing devices – Canon 7D Mark II, Sony A6000 and iphone X.

Kayla’s love for photography and travel have been an excellent combination. She has won many local, regional and nation awards for her outstanding photography.

To enhance her interest in photography, Kayla is an active member in both the Clear Focus Camera Club and the Langley Camera Club. On many occasions, she has volunteered to make presentations to share her experience and knowledge to many.

Her volunteering has greatly contributed to promoting photography locally and nationally. Kayla volunteered postions include:

  • Web Design and Webmaster for the Langley Camera Club
  • Served two terms as the Co-President of the Clear Focus Camera
  • CAPA website gallery manager (2012 – 2017)
  • Member of Communications Committee & Website Assistant for the CAPA Photo Expo in 2015
  • Member of the new CAPA website Committee in 2017
  • CAPA’s Director of Membership for the past three years and a respected member of the CAPA Board of Directors

In 2015, she was awarded the CAPA Associate Fellowship Honour (ACAPA) based on her photographic achievements and contributions.

Then in 2019, Kayla participated in our new ‘judges-in-training’ program and met all requirements which resulted in her being designated as a Certified CAPA Judge.

In late 2019, the CAPA Honours Committee received a nomination to recognize the outstanding and tireless efforts of Kayla Stevenson to promote CAPA membership across Canada. Her professional and initiative is an inspiration to others.

On behalf of the CAPA Board of Directors, I am pleased to present Kayla with her Fellowship Honour Certificate (FCAPA) and pin. The FCAPA designation and certificate is awarded for exceptional photographic achievement and photographic service to the Canadian Association for Photograph Art (CAPA).

Congratuations Kayla

Sheldon Boles

Virginia Stranaghan FCAPA

Virginia Stranaghan, FCAPA
Virginia Stranaghan receives her FCAPA from Stephen Hops

The FCAPA certificate and pin was presented to Virginia Stranaghan by Stephen Hops, President of the St. Catharines Camera Club at the club meeting on January 14, 2020. Congratulations are extended to Virginia for achievement of this amazing milestone.

Virginia has been a member of CAPA since 2009. She has been active as a CAPA District Rep, CAPA Director of Competitions, Club President as well as many other club positions. She taught courses for several clubs and assisted in teaching the Abstract/Creative section of the CAPA Judging course in Welland. Her photographic endeavors have resulted in several placings in CAPA competitions.

59th Annual Red River Exhibition

2020 Red River Ex
59th Annual Canadian Photo Salon

The Red River Ex is a Canadian Photo Salon open to all Canadians.

This is a great opportunity for members to enter a CAPA recognized competition for individuals. The cost is $5 per category. There are 3 categories available:

  • digital open,
  • colour print
  • monochrome print

There are cash prizes and several special awards including

  • Best of Show,
  • Best Manitoba Entry
  • Best Domestic Pet
  • Best Scenic
  • Best Action
  • Best Agricultural Image
  • Best Nature (Flora/Fauna)
  • “It made you smile” award, print and projected image.

CAPA will present 1 gold medal for overall high aggregate score of all three categories.

This competition closes May 22, 2020.

See the Red River website for more information. Download the Entry Form (.pdf) here.

Red River Ex Photograph Salon 2020

 

Mary Lore

Mary Shankel Lore

March 28, 1921 – August 18, 2019

Mary Lore, a CAPA Lifetime member who was passionate about photography and saw many changes, including the introduction of colour film, passed away in August at the age of 98. Born in Brooks, Alta., in 1921, Lore first took photographs with her mother’s eight-exposure film box camera.

In her autobiography, written in 2004 at the request of the Foothills Camera Club in Calgary, Lore said it took her nine years to save $99 to buy a Konica 35mm camera in 1949, from there advancing to a second-hand Exacta and then to a new Leica SLR. Lore joined the Calgary Colour Photo Club in 1949 and filled several executive positions, including president from 1984 to 1989. She was a zone representative for the National Association of Photographic Art (NAPA) before becoming president in 1979-1980. She was awarded an honorary CAPA life membership during the 1980s. Lore said she was fortunate to be able to travel to many countries, but still found the foothills and mountains “on our backdoor step” to be her favourite.

Mary grew up on a ranch at Latham, Alberta where her love of wildflowers, birds and animals began and continued as a lifelong passion. For many years she hiked, snowshoed, and rode horses. Mary’s first career was as a clerk and secretary where she showed her talents and rose to be an executive secretary in the exploration department of Shell Oil. Mary became a business education teacher for 20 years, starting at James Fowler High, then John Diefenbaker High and ending her career as head of the business education department at Crescent Heights High School. She was a recipient of the Charles deTro award for contributions to teaching by a classroom teacher. Mary was involved with many organizations, including Desk and Derrick, Skyline Hikers and Trail Riders, the Calgary Field Naturalists, and the Foothills Camera Club. She enjoyed the arts and for many years attended ballet and opera productions. Mary traveled extensively, taking photographs as she went. She was an award winning photographer and her slide shows were legendary.

She is survived by two sisters-in-law, 17 nephews and nieces and 25 great-nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters-in-law.

My Country/Mon pays camera winner Hong Zhang

My Country Exposition Olympus Camera winner Hong Zhang

Jan. 06, 2020 – Mar. 29, 2020

Hong Zhang
Hong Zhang was presented an Olympus Camera by Jonathan Ward

CAPA’s My Country Salon winner Hong Zhang Image “Canadian Journey through Land and History” was picked as 2nd place overall. Hong is a CAPA Individual Member and a member of Toronto Digital Camera Club. The prize was presented by Jonathan Ward – CAPA Toronto District Rep and National Secretary.

Judging was done by representatives of CAPA, Olympus & the Museum. Olympus has generously donated camera’s to the top 3 images. Hong’s prize was a Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Camera with 14-42mm Lens.

Hong image was part of the ‘My Country/Mon pays Exposition/Exhibition’ conducted by the Musée National de la Photographie Desjardins in January.

My Country/Mon pays camera winner Steve Donnelly

My Country Exposition Olympus Camera winner Steve Donnelly

Jan. 06, 2020 – Mar. 29, 2020

Steve Donnelly
Steve Donnelly receives an Olympus TG-6 waterproof

On behalf of CAPA, Gerry Alger (District Rep_ made a presentation on Thursday, March 5th to London Camera Club member Steve Donnelly. Steve was the third place winner in the ‘My Country/Mon pays Exposition/Exhibition’ conducted by the Musée National de la Photographie Desjardins in January. I presented Steve with an Olympus TG-6 waterproof camera.

On behalf of Steve please extend thanks to the Musée, to Olympus and, of course to CAPA. Steve felt most honoured.

More from Gerry’s presentation:

“Canada My Country” is the title of one of CAPA’s photo competitions each spring. The most recent was last April.
Like several other London Camera Club members, Steve Donnelly holds an individual membership in CAPA. As such, Steve is eligible to participate in CAPA’s Individual Competitions. (Which, by the way, he does on a regular basis.)

Here were the results of the Apr. 30th competition. In last May’s awards presentation Steve received CAPA’s Silver Medal for this portfolio. The gold medal winner had a total score of 110.5. Steve’s score was just ½ point back. 167 Individual members from across Canada entered into this competition and submitted 638 images. 638 is an important number to keep in mind.

The Musée National de la Photographie Desjardins is located in Drummondville Quebec. (It is the only Photographic museum of its kind in Canada.) The museum has several photo exhibitions every year where large photos are exhibited in the gallery. The current exhibit, entitled “My Country/ Mon pays” is co-sponsored by the museum, by CAPA and by Olympus cameras. This show is currently running. It opened Jan. 20th and closes the end of March.

CAPA judges were to submit 39 of the best images from 638 judged in last April’s competition. There were to be three images from each province and three from each territory in Canada. These 39 images were printed 16X24, mounted, then displayed in the salon gallery.

Steve’s two Manitoba images (polar bear and inukshuk) were chosen to represent Manitoba. The best 3 of the 39 images in the show were selected by a panel of 3 judges – the managing director of the Musée, the head of Olympus North America Sales and Rod Trider as CAPA President. Olympus generously donated cameras to the top three images makers.

Steve Donnelly’s image titled “Polar Bear Churchill” was the third-place finisher overall. Steve wins an Olympus Tough TG-6 Waterproof camera.