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.

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


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.

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


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)

Vernissage du salon « mon pays/my country »

Vernissage du salon « mon pays/my country »

Trois gagnants des prix Olympus annoncés

Après un report initial pour cause d’intempéries, le vernissage du salon « mon pays/my country » a eu lieu au Musée national de la photographie Desjardins à Drummondville le dimanche 19 janvier. L’évènement a attiré de nombreux adeptes de la photographie, heureux de l’occasion de voir réunis à un seul endroit de si éloquents témoignages de la beauté du pays, de ses dix provinces et trois territoires. Cette exposition, une collaboration entre l’ACAP et le Musée national de la photographie Desjardins, a pu aussi compter sur le soutien de la société Olympus qui a généreusement offert des modèles de ses appareils photo comme prix aux trois meilleures photos en montre.

Un jury formé de Yannick Michaud, représentant d’Olympus, Jonathan Hugues Potvin, directeur général du Musée et Rod Trider, président de l’ACAP a évalué les trente-neuf photos pour en déterminer les gagnants. Ceux-ci ont été annoncés à la cérémonie d’ouverture : le premier prix à Michael Winsor (Terre-neuve et Labrador) pour « Magical Moment », le deuxième prix à Hong Zhang (Alberta) pour « Canadian Journey Through Land and History » et le troisième prix à Steve Donnelly (Manitoba) pour « Polar Bear Churchill ». Les photographes primés n’étant pas présents à Drummondville, leurs prix leur seront remis ultérieurement.
Le public pourra visiter le Salon au Musée national de la photographie, situé au 400 rue Hériot, Drummondville Québec (https://www.museedelaphoto.info) jusqu’au 29 mars 2020.


Opening of the Salon “mon pays/my country”

Three winners of Olympus prizes announced

After initially being postponed because of weather, the Salon “mon pays/my country” was officially opened at the Musée national de la photographie Desjardins on Sunday 19 January 2020. The event attracted numerous fans of photography, delighted at the opportunity of seeing united in one place such an eloquent testimonial to the beauty of this country, its ten provinces and three territories. This exhibition, the result of collaboration between CAPA and the Musée national de la photographie Desjardins was also privileged to be able to count on the support of Olympus Corporation who generously donated models of their cameras as prizes for the three best photos on display.

A jury including Yannick Michaud, representing Olympus, Jonathan Hugues Potvin, general manager of the Musée and Rod Trider, president of CAPA, evaluated the thirty-nine photographs to determine the winners. These were announced at the opening ceremony: first prize to Michael Winsor (Newfoundland and Labrador) for “Magical Moment”, second prize to Hong Zhang (Alberta) for “Canadian Journey Through Land and History” and third prize to Steve Donnelly (Manitoba) for “Polar Bear Churchill”. Since the prize winners were not present in Drummondville, their prizes will be presented to them at a later date.

The public can visit the Salon at the Musée national de la photographie Desjardins located at 400, rue Hériot, Drummondville, Québec (https://www.museedelaphoto.info) from now until 29 March 2020.

Mon pays - my country
Michel Doyon – président/President, Musée national de la photographie Desjardins
Mon pays - my country
Alain Dubeau, directeur Zone Québec ACAP/Director Québec Zone CAPA
Rod Trider (à gauche/left), président ACAP/President CAPA Jonathan Hugues Potvin, directeur général/Director General, Musée national de la photographie Desjardins
Yannick Michaud, Olympus
Mon pays - my country
Visiteurs au vernissage du Salon/Visitors at the Salon’s opening
Mon pays - my country
Visiteurs au vernissage du Salon/Visitors at the Salon’s opening
Mon pays - my country
Isabelle Lévesque, Club Photo Focus, Moncton NB




International Salon of Photography Results

Once again, the 126th International Salon of Photography, hosted by CAPA member club Toronto Camera Club, was a great success.

This internationally recognized competition closed on November 12, 2019 and received photos from top photographers in countries around the world including: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam and Wales.

The salon consisted of six sections: Nature, Pictorial Open (Colour), Pictorial Open (Mono), Photojournalism, Print Open (Colour) and Prints Open (Mono). Each section had its own judging panel. There were 227 medals and ribbons awarded.

Congratulations to the following CAPA members who received awards:


  • IIana Block’s image “For Kit Surprise Pounce” – FIAP Gold Medal
  • He Zhao’s image “Spiral Staircase” – IAAP Gold Medal
  • Ying Shi’s image “A Family” – FIAP Silver Medal
  • Suzanne Huot’s image “Cheetah Mothers Prize” – PSA Silver Medal
  • Ying Shi’s image “Flying Flamingos Over The Lake” – CAPA Bronze Medal
  • IIana Block’s image “Silver Phase Red Fox With Dinner In The Rain” – CAPA Ribbon
  • John Lyon’s image “Western Bluebird Pair” – CAPA Ribbon
  • Robert Parker’s image “Feeding Frenzy” – IAAP Ribbon
  • Wenjun Jin’s image “Flying Over Dreams” – IAAP Ribbon
  • Claude Gauthier’s image “Polar Bear Young Bull Vs Old” – TCC Ribbon

Pictorial Open (Colour)

  • He Zhao’s image “Flamingo Over Lake” – PSA Gold Medal
  • Neal Weisenberg’s image “Adele Diving 1” – IAAP Silver Medal
  • Luba Citrim’s image “My Ride Arrived” – PSA Bronze Medal
  • Luba Citrim’s image “Destiny” – TCC Bronze Medal
  • Adrienne Zoe’s image “Fruit of the Vine” – FIAP Ribbon
  • He Zhao’s image “Chicago Flamino Scuplture” – IAAP Ribbon
  • Robert Parker’s image “Bluebird And Blossoms” – PSA Honourable Mention
  • Yang Jiao’s image “Midnight Sun And Iceberg At Greenland” – TCC Ribbon
  • Daniel Rondeau’s image “Petals And Tendril” – TCC Ribbon

Pictorial Open (Mono)

  • He Zhao’s image “Spiral Staircase” – IAAP Gold Medal
  • Jean Wang’s image “Absolute Twin Towers From My View” – IAAP Ribbon
  • He Zhao’s image “Staircase” – CAPA Ribbon
  • Yang Jiao’s image “Giraffe Affection” – TCC Ribbon


  • Glenn Springer’s image “Rainy Ride” – FIAP Ribbon

Print Open (Colour)

  • Gareth Jones’s image “Insect Vision” – TCC Gold Medal
  • Ying Shi’s image “Morning Activities” – IAAP Silver Medal
  • Wenjun Jin’s image “Overlooking Lake Magadi03” – TCC Silver Medal
  • Ying Shi’s image “Playing Children” – PSA Bronze Medal
  • Mike Wooding’s image “European Skippers” – IAAP Bronze Medal
  • Leah Gray’s image “High Tide” – CAPA Ribbon
  • Mike Wooding’s image “Anna’s Hummingbird at Bluebell 2” – IAAP Ribbon
  • Wenjun Jin’s image “Overlooking Lake Magadi02” – TCC Ribbon
  • Jack Pasht’s image “Fourth Beach” – TCC Ribbon
  • Jasmine Suo’s image “Snowy Owl Banding” – TCC Ribbon
  • Wenjun Jin’s image “Overlooking Lake Magadio1” – PSA Honourable Mention

Print Open (Mono)

  • Ying Shi’s image “Pattern” – TCC Gold Medal
  • Ying Shi’s image “Flying Over The Lake” – CAPA Bronze Medal
  • Gareth Jones’ image “Backwards Time” – TCC Bronze Medal
  • Ann Alimi’s image “King” – FIAP Ribbon

The winning images and a complete listing of the entrants and awards received are on the Salon  website.

Scholarship and Educational Donation

During 2019 we were pleased to receive a sizeable donation from one of Canada’s Leading Procurement Training Organizations. This company has a program whereby they allocate funds to their employee to make charitable donations to a charity of the employees’ choice. As a result, Grant from this Company, choose CAPA as his Charity of choice. As Grant is interested in expanding his interest in photography he chooses to donate to CAPA.

Thank you for this donation.

As an ongoing program, CAPA would be pleased to receive further donations to expand the CAPA Scholarship and Educational Fund. Receipts for income tax purposes will be provided for all donations. Click here for more information.

Len Suchan,
CAPA Treasurer

salon mon pays – my country

Trois gagnants des prix Olympus annoncés
Three winners of Olympus prizes announced
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Ouverture imminente du salon « Mon pays/My Country »

Le salon « Mon pays/My Country », organisé conjointement par l’ACAP et le Musée national de la photographie Desjardins, ouvrira ses portes le janvier 2020. Cet évènement, une première collaboration de ce genre entre l’ACAP et le Musée, exposera 39 photographies de membres de l’ACAP, choisies pour représenter les dix provinces et les trois territoires du Canada. Le vernissage, ouvert aux membres individuels et aux membres des clubs membres de l’ACAP, aura lieu le dimanche 19 janvier à 14 h au Musée national de la photographie Desjardins, 400 rue Hériot, Drummondville, Québec.

Voir les images gagnantes du concours ici: https://capacanada.ca/competition-winners-2020-canada-salon/

Imminent Opening of the Salon “Mon pays/My Country”

National Museum of PhotographyThe salon “Mon pays/My Country” organized jointly by CAPA and the Musée national de la photographie Desjardins, will be open to the public in January 2020. This event, the first collaborative effort of this kind between CAPA and the Musée, will showcase 39 photographs by CAPA members, chosen to represent Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. The opening ceremony, to which all CAPA individual members as well as members of CAPA clubs are invited, will take place on Sunday, 19 January at 2 PM at the Musée national de la photographie Desjardins, 400 rue Hériot, Drummondville, Québec.

View the competition winning images here: https://capacanada.ca/competition-winners-2020-canada-salon/

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FIAP Distinctions

Federation Internationale de L'Art Photographique (FIAP)CAPA is the Canadian operational member of FIAP (Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique). All operational members are the sole national federations or associations for sovereign states that are members of the United Nations.

As a CAPA member you can apply through CAPA for photographic distinctions from FIAP. For more information, go to the CAPA FIAP page.

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 www.profusionexpo.com

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 editor-in-chief@capacanada.ca.

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. http://www.freemanpatterson.com/newsletters.htm