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.




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!
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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

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

Alain Dubeau Awarded FCAPA

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Honorary Fellowship CAPA (Hon FCAPA) awarded to Alain Dubeau

On April 4, 2019, Rod Trider, President of CAPA presented to Alain Dubeau an Honorary Fellowship CAPA Award at the Musée National de la Photographie (MNP). Alain is a member of the Club photo Évasion and the CAPA the Quebec Zone Director. The award is in recognition for photographic achievement and for the services to the Canadian Association for Photographic Art.

Fellow Honoraire (FCAPA) décerné à Alain Dubeau

Le 4 avril 2019, Rod Trider, Président de l’ACAP, a présenté à Alain Dubeau au Musée National de la Photographie (MNP) un Fellow Honoraire de l’ACAP. Alain est membre du Club photo Évasion et directeur de la zone du Québec pour l’ACAP. Cette récompense est en reconnaissance l’excellence en photographie et pour les services rendus pour les services photographiques à l’Association canadienne d’art photographique..

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CAPA/ACAP FCAPA award to Alain Dubeau
Rod Trider (Left) presents an Honorary Fellowship CAPA to Alain Dubeau (Middle) in the presence of Jonathan-Hugues Potvin Director General of MNP (Right)
Rod Trider (à gauche) présente un Fellow Honoraire de l’ACAP à Alain Dubeau (centre) en présence de Jonathan-Hugues Potvin directeur général du MNP (à droite)
CAPA / FCAP award
Rod Trider, President of CAPA, presents an Hon Fellowship CAPA to Alain Dubeau, CAPA Quebec Zone Director Rod Trider, Président de l’ACAP, présente un Fellow Honoraire de l’ACAP à Alain Dubeau, Directeur de la Zone du Québec pour l’ACAP



Canada: My Country opportunity

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We are approaching the closing date (April 30, 2019) for our 2019 Canada: My Country/2020 Canadian Salon competition with the 13 themes (10 provinces and 3 territories).

Our survey of the submitted images indicates that we have very few images for Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

If you have not yet submitted any images into this competition, I would encourage you to consider submitting your best images from:

  • Prince Edward Island,
  • Northwest Territories
  • Yukon
  • Manitoba

Members can submit images of any province or territory in Canada.

As noted in our competition page, the top three images from each province and territory will be mounted and put on display in the Canadian National Photographic Museum in Drummondville, Quebec. In addition, the top three images in each province/territory theme will receive a CAPA Merit Award.

Check out the competition page here and the 2019 Canada: My Country Competition Bonus! article here.

Canada: Mon Pays

Nous approchons de la date de clôture (30 avril 2019) pour notre concours de 2019 Canada mon pays et le Salon Canada Mon Pays 2020 de 13 thèmes (10 provinces et 3 territoires).

Notre analyse à ce jour des images soumises indique que nous avons très peu d’images pour l’île-du-Prince-Édouard, des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, Manitoba et du Yukon.

Si vous n’avez pas encore présenté d’images pour ce concours, je vous encourage à envisager de soumettre vos meilleures images de l’île-du-Prince-Édouard, des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, Manitoba ou du Yukon. Comme indiqué dans notre page du concours, les trois premières images de chaque province et territoire seront imprimées et exposées au Musée National de la Photographie à Drummondville, au Québec.

En outre, les images de chaque thème province/territoire, ayant le plus haut pointage, recevront un prix de mérite de l’ACAP.

Consultez la page du concours ici et le bonus du concours Canada: mon pays de 2019! article ici.

Sheldon Boles – FCAPA
CAPA Director of Competitions

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.
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.

2019 Canada: My Country Competition Bonus!

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This year, participants in the 2019 Canada: My Country competition benefit from an added potential bonus due to CAPA’s collaboration with the Musée national de la photographie and the organization of the Salon 2020 My Country which will take place in early 2020 in Drummondville Québec. All participants’ photographs submitted to the 2019 Canada: My Country competition, whether they be selected or not for honours in the competition by CAPA judges, will be eligible to be chosen as one of the 39 photographs that will be printed and displayed from January till the end of March 2020 at the Drummondville event.

The deadline for entering the 2019 Canada: My Country competition is 30 April, after which CAPA judges will select the winners in both the club and individual categories. In a second phase of judging, thirty nine (39) photographs will be chosen amongst all submitted photos, three from each Canadian province and territory for the Salon 2020 My Country event. It is worth noting, as well, that the top 75 scored images from the 2019 Canada: My Country competition will be included in the selection process for CAPA’s submission to the international Four Nations competition.

It’s like getting three competitions for the price of one! Don’t let the 30 April deadline slip past without submitting your best photographic work to CAPA.

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Concours 2019 Canada: mon pays bonifié!

Cette année, les participants au concours 2019 Canada : mon pays se mériteront un bonus additionnel grâce à la collaboration de l’ACAP avec le Musée national de la photographie et à la tenue du Salon 2020 mon pays qui se tiendra au début de 2020 à Drummondville Québec. Toutes les photos soumises par les participants au concours 2019 Canada : mon pays, qu’elles soient ou non primées par les juges de l’ACAP dans le cadre du concours, seront éligibles à être choisies pour faire partie des trente-neuf (39) photographies à être imprimées et exposées au salon de Drummondville, du début janvier jusqu’à la fin de mars 2010.

La date limite pour participer au concours 2019 Canada : mon pays est le 30 avril. Par la suite, les juges de l’ACAP nommeront les gagnants dans les catégories « individuel » et « club ». Dans un deuxième temps, trente-neuf (39) photos seront choisies parmi toutes les photos soumises, trois de chaque province et territoire canadiens, pour le salon 2020 mon pays. Il faut aussi signaler que les 75 images de ce concours qui auront reçu le plus haut pointage seront incluses dans le processus de sélection pour la soumission de l’ACAP au concours international Four Nations.

C’est donc dire que le concours 2019 Canada : mon pays, c’est comme un trois dans un! Ne laissez pas filer la date butoir du 30 avril sans soumettre votre meilleur travail photographique à l’ACAP.

New Prairie Zone Director

New Prairie Director Dan Sigouin
Dan Sigouin

CAPA welcomes a new director for the Prairie Zone:

Dan Sigouin was born and raised in the East Kootenays calling Cranbrook BC home. In 1998 he and his wife moved to Calgary to raise their family.

His photographic interests started at an early age with his first disposable camera making images at Expo 86 in Vancouver. Dan often had a pocket camera to capture images while mountain biking and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. The passive interest became much more serious when he purchased his first DSLR in 2010 to photograph his son’s hockey.

In 2016 Dan had to take a work transfer to Saskatoon where he joined the Saskatoon Camera Club. Volunteering with the SCC, he was inspired by the membership to develop his photographic passion in areas of landscapes including prairie abandonment, night sky, infrared, sports, and table top shooting. In late 2017 he returned home and joined the Foothills Camera Club in Calgary. With FCC, he volunteers as the CAPA and Prairie Region of Photographic Arts communications liaison and was elected as the PRPA chairperson in 2018.

He has volunteered with community hockey associations and very privileged to work with the international organization Worldskills. With Worldskills he has acted as lead CAD support and competition support team manager.

2019 Red River Ex

Red River Ex Photo Committee Chairman Don Berthman presents the Red River CAPA High Aggregate Medal to Jean McManus

Red River Ex winners:

The CAPA High Aggregate Medal from Red River Ex goes to Jean McManus. Jean is a member of the Manitoba Camera Club and is the clubs CAPA coordinator for CAPA Competitions.

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 and “It made you smile”. CAPA will present 1 gold medal for overall high aggregate score of all three categories.

This competition closes May 24, 2019.

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

2019 Red River Ex
The 58th Annual Canadian Photo Salon

CCC2019 and the Calgary Stampede

“It’s not a coincidence that CCC2019 is happening just after the world famous Calgary Stampede. What better way to start off the conference than coming for the last weekend of the Stampede to wander around the fair grounds, take in the rodeo and chucks, enjoy the First Nations Pow Wow and blacksmith competition and many other exciting events.

The Stampede is a fantastic place to be entertained, eat mini-donuts or something more adventurous (think crickets and prairie oysters) and to shoot thousands of images. And if you still have some energy, stick around after dark to capture stunning night shots of the colourful carnival rides and the finale fireworks. Come experience the Stampede and see why it’s a bucket list destination for visitors from around the world.”

PhotoLife Contest and Discount

PhotoLife MagazinePhotoLife is offering a discount on subscriptions to CAPA members. Click here for more information

Photo Life invites you to submit your images to The World We Live In VIII – Special Edition. For this eighth edition, participants are invited to submit their best images under one theme: Celebrate Life. Whether it’s the people we meet, the exceptional beauty of nature and wildlife, or a simple moment of connection to our surroundings, there are unlimited things to appreciate about life as it unfolds around us. Follow your curiosity, share your photographic talent, show us your vision of the world we live in, and celebrate life with us!

  • Three cash prizes—1st place ($1000), 2nd place ($600) and 3rd place ($300)—and honourable mentions
  • International press coverage in Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines
  • A selection of the most outstanding images exhibited in the 15 Simons stores across Canada
    Selected prints featured for sale on Fabrique 1840
  • Images judged by a jury that will include prominent professionals in the photography industry
  • Deadline: March 24, 2019

For more information,  click here

ACAPA award to Derek Hayes

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Derek Hayes (left) receives his ACAPA award from Sheldon Boles

On February 5, 2019 at the Crescent Beach Photography Club, Derek Hayes was presented with an Associateship (ACAPA) Award for his many contributions to photography and achievements. These achievements include publishing 17 photography related books, committee member for the 2015 CAPA Conference, CAPA Awards as well as many published articles in Canada, United States and United Kingdom.

On behalf of the CAPA Board of Directors, Derek was presented his award by Sheldon Boles (right) – Director of Competitions.

Jean-Daniel Gagné

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Un Membre de L’ACAP invité d’honneur en France

Jean-Daniel Gagné, photographe de la nature et animalière, sera l’invité d’honneur au Festival Inter’Nature du Haut-Jura (FINA) en France. L’évènement, le premier de ce que l’on espère deviendra un rendez-vous

photographer Jean-Daniel Gagné
Jean-Daniel Gagné

annuel des professionnels et des amateurs de l’image ainsi que des passionnés de la nature, aura lieu du 12 au 14 avril 2019 dans la petite ville de Saint-Claude dans le département du Jura. En plein coeur du Parc naturel régional du Haut-Jura, le FINA visera à « faire vivre un territoire et promouvoir une nature de caractère » au travers des expositions photographiques, des conférences et des ateliers qui seront tenus dans divers endroits de la localité. Les organisateurs se sont tournés vers Jean-Daniel Gagné comme invité d’honneur pour enrichir le FINA d’une immersion dans les paysages naturels canadiens.

Membre individuel de l’ACAP ainsi que du Club Photo Évasion dans la Montérégie au sud de Montréal, Jean-Daniel Gagné accumule plus de 40 ans d’expérience photographique durant lesquels il s’est créé une expertise technique et artistique impressionnante. Il partage ses connaissances en animant régulièrement des ateliers de photographie de paysage et de photographie animalière dans les Rocheuses canadiennes et dans le Sud-ouest américain. Jean-Daniel Gagné puisera dans cette richesse d’expérience pour choisir les 24 photos de grande taille qu’il présentera et pour animer les conférences qu’il prononcera dans le cadre du FINA. Sa participation à cette célébration de la photographie et de la nature a été rendue possible grâce à l’invitation de ses hôtes et de la généreuse contribution logistique d’Air Transat.

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.

A CAPA member is guest of honour in France

Jean-Daniel Gagné, nature and wildlife photographer, will be the guest of honour at the Festival Inter’Nature du Haut-Jura (FINA) in France. This event, the first of what is hoped to be an annual get-together for professional and amateur photographers as well as for lovers of nature, will take place from 12 to 14 April 2019 in the small town of Saint-Claude in the department of Jura. Situated in the very heart of the Parc naturel régional of the Haut-Jura, the FINA aims to celebrate the area’s unique landscapes and promote the characteristics of the local habitat through photographic exhibitions, conferences and workshops located throughout the locality. The organizers chose to invite Jean-Daniel Gagné as guest of honour in order to enrich the event with an immersion in Canada’s natural landscapes.

An individual member of CAPA as well as a member of the Club Photo Evasion in the Montérégie region south of Montréal, Jean-Daniel Gagné has accumulated over 40 years of photographic experience, cumulating in an impressive technical and artistic expertise. He shares his abilities by regularly leading workshops in the Canadian Rockies and in the American southwest. Jean-Daniel Gagné will make his rich photographic experience available at this year’s FINA through the exhibition of 24 large-format photographs as well as through speaking engagements. His participation in this celebration of photography and nature is made possible by the invitation from his hosts and by the generous contribution of Air Transat to the logistics of the event.

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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.

Canadian Stamp by Michael Winsor

CAPA member Michael Winsor’s photograph of an iceberg beside Ferryland, N.L, will be travelling worldwide as part of Canada Post’s “From Far and Wide” stamp series.

Winsor, of St. John’s, was informed last March that his image taken in April 2017 that captured an iceberg framed behind two homes and a docked fishing boat just after sunset would appear on a stamp.
But the 44-year-old professional photographer wasn’t able to share the good news with the public until Canada Post made the official announcement on Jan. 14.

“It’s great recognition,” says Winsor, a member of the Camera 35 Camera Club in St. John’s. “It will be seen all over the world. It’s pretty cool.”

A full interview with Michael Winsor will appear in Spring issue of Canadian Camera magazine.

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

2020 Salon My Country

CAPA, ACAP photographic salonIt is with pleasure that CAPA announces a photographic Salon to be held at the Musée National de la Photographie in Drummondville, Que., in 2020.

The Musée National de la Photographie (MNP) in association with CAPA and Olympus will host the three month print exhibition from January to the end of March 2020 called “2020 Salon My Country.” A total of 39 images representing our Country with 3 images depicting each province & territory.

All images submitted into the 2019 Canada: My Country competition will be considered for selection as the top 39 (3 images per theme) winning images for the 2020 Salon My Country.

As this Salon will showcase the talents of CAPA photographers and the beauty of our Country, we invite all members to get your camera and submit your best images.

The Director of Competitions will contact each entrant whose image was selected as one of the top 39 images and request that they provide their selected image with the following parameters for printing by MNP.

  • minimum size of image file – 10 MB
  • image print size – minimum 11 x 14 inches or maximum 16 x 20 inches
  • Resolution – 300 pixels/inch

During the Salon, the organizers will recognize 3 images that best represent the province/territory.

This competition closes on April 30, 2019.

Check out the details of the Canada: My Country Competition webpage for details. If you have any questions about this competition or the 2020 Salon My Country, please email the Director of Competitions at or Alain Dubeau for those wishing clarification in French at

All copyright will remain with the photographer. CAPA, MNP & Olympus may use the images for promotional purposes with credits to the photographer.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year discount

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Discount

until March 31, 2019

Striking wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and the remarkable beauty of our natural world are captured in Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Save 20% off ROM admission. Get the promo code on the members discount page.

Le Photographe naturaliste de l’année

jusqu’au 31 mars 2019

L’exposition Le Photographe naturaliste de l’année révèle la beauté saisissante de la nature, de la faune et de la flore de notre monde.
Obtenez 20 % de rabais sur les billets d’entrée au ROM.

Royal Ontario Museum Contest

Photography Contest

Contest closes February 15, 2019

The ROM invites you to share your captivating images of the natural world for a chance to win some amazing prizes including a 14-Day Experience Borneo tour for two courtesy of G Adventures, a Digital SLR camera courtesy of Henry’s Camera, and more!

Share your wildlife image from your unlocked Twitter or Instagram account and include @ROMtoronto & #ROMwpyON (or #ROMwpyJR for ages 13-17). For more information visit

Le concours de photos

usqu’au 15 février 2019

Le ROM vous invite à partager vos plus remarquables photos naturalistes. Vous pourriez gagner des prix exceptionnels, dont un voyage de 14 jours à Bornéo pour deux personnes offert par G Adventures, un appareil photo reflex numérique offert par Henry’s Camera et bien plus!

Partagez votre photo à partir de votre compte Twitter ou Instagram public et ajoutez @ROMtoronto et #ROMwpyON (ou #ROMwpyJR si vous avez entre 13 et 17 ans). Pour plus d’information, visitez