Jonathan Ward, CAPA Secretary

Jonathan Ward
Jonathan Ward, CAPA Secretary

Jonathan Ward is our new CAPA Secretary.

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

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

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

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

International Photographers Federation Awards

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

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

No Taxes

News Item for CAPA Members

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

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

Len Suchan FCAPA
CAPA Treasurer

Dave Snider Appointed District Representative in the Pacific Zone

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

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

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

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

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

ProFusion in Toronto

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

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

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

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

Watch our Teaser Trailer here:

ProFusion in Toronto, Canada
ProFusion 2019 in Toronto

2019 CAPA Scholarship: Daniel Curren

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

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

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

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

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

Canadian Camera Magazine Request

Canadian Camera Magazine cover
Canadian Camera Summer 2019

CAPA’s member/club survey this year focused on many aspects of the association, including Canadian Camera magazine. The overall consensus was that readers would like to see a broader range of articles, including articles for beginner photographers, preparing images for CAPA/club competitions and black and white photography.

If you can provide articles and photos for any of these topics – or any others – please contact Canadian Camera editor-in-chief Ralph Bridgland at

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

The 2019 results from this competition are here.

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

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.




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

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.