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


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.


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.

Cancelled 59th Annual Red River Exhibition

2020 Red River Ex
59th Annual Canadian Photo Salon


It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Red River Ex Photo Salon due to Covid-19. Those that have already entered the Salon, entry fees and prints will be returned. With the permission of CAPA we will hold over the CAPA medal to be awarded at next years Salon.

We extend our thanks to The Red River Exhibition Association, CAPA, volunteers and photographers for their ongoing support and we look forward to a time when we can resume the Salon.
Best regards.

-Don Berthman
FCAPA, APSA, RREX Photo Committee Chairman

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.

A Weekend in Saskatchewan’s North

by Larry Easton

Saskatchewan is often referred to as the Land of Living skies, but if you journey to the northern half of the province and beyond it is also a land of boreal forest and 100,000 lakes. You can also be treated to some spectacular sunsets and sunrises in this province of Living Skies.

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Saskatchewan water falls by Larry Easton
by Larry Easton

2020 Crescent Beach Print Challenge

Crescent Beach Photography Club

2020 Invitational Black and White Print Challenge Saturday April 18, 2020

  • Abbotsford Photo Arts Club
  • Langley Camera Club
  • Richmond Photo Club
  • The Surrey Photography Club
  • Burnaby Photographic Society
  • Lions Gate Camera Club
  •  Caroun Photography Club
  • Tri-City Photography Club
  • Delta Photo Club
  • New Westminster Photography Club
  • The Darkroom Club
  • Vancouver Arts & Photography Club
  • Chung Ai Photography Club
  • North Shore Photographic Society
  • The Peace Arch Alliance Church PC
  • Pacific Digital Photography Club
Black and White Print Challenge with Crescent Beach Photo Club
Crescent Beach Black and White Print Challenge

Dear Club Presidents, Print Chairs,

Please forward this Invitation on to the person in your Club responsible for Photo Competitions. The Members of the Crescent Beach Photography Club (CBPC) are pleased to invite your Club to participate in our Annual Black and White Print Challenge.

  • The Club entry fee is $30.00 payable to the Crescent Beach Photographic Club (CBPC). This fee and a completed Entry Form, also attached, should be enclosed with your prints upon delivery.
  • The B & W Challenge will take place at 6:00 pm. Judging to start at 6:30 pm Saturday April 18th. 2020 at St. Mark’s Church Hall, 12953 – 20th Avenue, South Surrey.
  • Please reply to Geoff Hayes, e-mail: geoff_nina_hayes@yahoo.com, or Ted Akune, e-mail: tedakune@shaw.ca
  • Prints are to be delivered to the address below by Sunday April 05, 2020 • Ted Akune. 2065 156A Street, Surrey, V4A 6S4. Tel.No: 604-531-6224.

Attending representatives may pick up their Club’s prints after the judging and viewing. Prints not taken at the time can be picked up at a later date at the above address. We look forward to your Club’s participation. Please take note of the Print Delivery Address above and the several changes to the Rules.

Yours truly, Geoff Hayes, Print Co-Chair, E-mail: geoff_nina_hayes@yahoo.com (778-294-2049) Ted Akune, Print Co-Chair, E-Mail: tedakune@shaw.ca (604-531-6224)

2020 Can Am Photo Expo

Can Am Photo ExpoCancelled until 2021

The Can Am Photo Expo is sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs

The Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs (NFRCC) were established to be a unique bi-national photographic organization whose members include both amateur and professional photographers. The NFRCC is made up of 18 individual camera and photography clubs, in Western NY, Pa and Southern Ontario Canada. Some of these clubs belong to the Canadian Association of Photographic Arts (CAPA) and/or the Photographic Society of America (PSA).

  • Over 70 educational class to choose from
  • Hands on Workshops
  • Photoshoots
  • Print and Digital Image Competition Salons
  • Portfolio Review sessions
  • Trade Show
  • Awards Celebration and Gala
  • After Hours Party

Trillium Photo Club

Trillium Photographic Club, Burlington, ON

Global Warming by Bela Acs (1st merit)
Global Warming by Bela Acs, 1st merit, Fine Art

This year the Trillium Photographic Club (https://trilliumphotoclub.org/) celebrates 28 years since its founding in 1992. We are a vibrant club with a full slate of weekly lectures and meetings during the September – May season, a number of interest groups, and monthly organized outings.

Recently Trillium won a gold medal in CAPA’s 2019 Fine Art Club Competition, with contributions from six Trillium members, Bela Acs, (Global warming), Kathryn Martin (Magnolia Plantation gazebo), Claudia Povilauskas (Chrysanthemum), Judy Boufford (Azalea with live oak tree arch), Jim Sykes (Red shoes) and Janet McNally (Pink tulip). Bela Acs’s image Global Warming won highest image score (28) and 1st Merit award.

Shuswap Photo Arts Club presentation

Shuswap Photo Arts Club presents Victoria Hakk
Viktoria Haak presentation

The Shuswap Photo Arts Club is please to present:

Viktoria Haak,

Nikon Canada Ambassador

  • MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020 7:00 PM
  • Admission by Donation

Originally from the UK and a resident of BC, Canada since 2007, heavily influenced by the beautiful environment that surrounds her. A background in fine art and anthropology. This combined with the love of the natural world brings a unique perspective to her photography: Her ethos is to tread lightly; observe and search out the subtle visual story within whichever photographic genre she is working. Her work covers the fields of landscape, portrait, wedding, event, promotion, editorial, stock and photography education; allowing her to stay creative and excited about the projects undertaken.

Proud to be a Nikon Canada Ambassador and Lowepro Global Ambassador.

Nouvelles de la Zone Québec – mars

Ultime rappel – deuxième cours de juges en français.

C’est votre dernière chance de participer au deuxième cours de juges en français, organisé par le Club photo impression de Montréal. Il aura lieu le samedi 21 mars 2020, de 8 h 30 à 17 h 30 aux locaux du club, 7501, rue François-Perrault Montréal Québec. S’il vous est impossible d’assister à cet évènement, rassurez-vous : un troisième cours est envisagé pour l’automne. Pour de plus amples informations sur le cours du 21 mars et pour réserver votre place, veuillez suivre le lien vers la page de l’évènement que vous trouverez à https://capacanada.ca/judging-courses/

Québec Zone News – March

Last reminder – a second judging course to be held in French.

This will be your last chance to join a second French language judging course, organized by the Club photo impression of Montreal. It will take place on Saturday, 21 March 2020 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM in the club’s headquarters at 7501, rue François-Perrault Montreal Québec. If you are unable to attend this event, don’t despair : a third course to be held in the Fall is under consideration. For more information on the Spring event and to book your place, follow the link to the event’s page that can be found at https://capacanada.ca/judging-courses/

Leonie Holmes, FCAPA

Leonie Holmes, FCAPA
Leonie Holmes is presented with her FCAPA certificate and pin by Virginia Stranaghan

Leonie Holmes is presented her FCAPA certificate and pin by Virginia Stranaghan, President of the Hamilton Camera Club at the club’s Christmas party on December 16, 2019. Congratulations are extended to Leonie for achievement of this amazing milestone.

Leonie is a CAPA certified judge, having judged many national CAPA competitions as well as judging for PSA for their International Salon in Toronto. She also served as the CAPA Director of Competitions for two years.

Leonie was an original NAPA member back in the 80’s and rejoined CAPA in 1989. She has conducted many workshops and presentations and been involved in several camera clubs over the years.

Chilliwack Workshop

The Chilliwack Camera Club is hosting a workshop on March 14-15 and still have a couple of seats left.

The workshop is an Urban Heritage Photography workshop, taught by Rick Hulbert. Along with being an Academician in the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, Rick Hulbert’s background is as an international award–winning and published architect, urban designer, and photographer with a passion for teaching.Rick has been a frequent lecturer, teacher, and seminar panel participant on four continents. (www.rickhulbertphotography.com)

The event is being held over two days, Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. It will involve some classroom teaching by Rick, and we will also be going out into the local area to do some hands-on shooting, and then coming back to the Cultural Centre for review and discussion. Tickets are available through the Cultural Centre, by calling 604-391-SHOW (7469) or emailing boxoffice@chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.

Tracy Friesen
Chilliwack Camera Club