CAPA Members Score High at SPPQ Gala

The 31st edition of the Société de promotion de la photographie du Québec (SPPQ) Gala took place in virtual form on 27 April 2020. At the event, winners of several photo contests were announced, among which the Mongeon-Pépin InterClub Challenge. This competition, held on the basis of photos submitted specifically to the contest, aims to highlight on the one part the best performing clubs in Québec and, on the other part, the best photographic achievements. In the first category, two clubs who are members of our association earned places within the top three clubs of the year.

  • 1st place : the Club de photo dimension of Québec, member of CAPA
  • 3rd place : the club photo évasion of Saint-Bruno, member of CAPA

In the Photo of the Year 2020 category, photos were submitted under one of four imposed themes: animal, human, nature and sport. In the initial judging, three winning entries were chosen in each theme. Among these twelve finalists, five were submitted by CAPA club members. Furthermore, the ultimate choice for Photo of the Year 2020 was:

Congratulations to all winners, clubs and club members. CAPA offers a one-year free membership to the best club and to the photographer of the best photo. You can screen the SPPQ Gala (in French) at


Bombilius au repos, by Julie Lainesse of Club horizon photo Victoriaville, member of CAPA

Des membres de l’ACAP se distinguent au Gala de la SPPQ

La 31e édition du Gala annuel de la Société de promotion de la photographie du Québec (SPPQ) s’est déroulée le 27 avril 2020 en mode virtuel. Cet évènement fut l’occasion d’annoncer les gagnants de divers concours photographiques dont le Défi interclubs Mongeon-Pépin. Cette compétition sur la base de photos soumises spécifiquement au concours, vise à souligner d’une part les clubs photo québécois les plus performants et d’autre part, les meilleures oeuvres photographiques. Dans la première catégorie, deux clubs membres de notre association se sont classés parmi les trois meilleurs clubs photo de l’année 2020.

  • 1re place : le Club de photo dimension de Québec, membre de l’ACAP
  • 3e place : le Club photo évasion de Saint-Bruno, membre de l’ACAP

Dans la catégorie de la photographie de l’année 2020, les photos devaient porter sur un de quatre thèmes : animalier, humain, nature et sport. En premier lieu, trois photos gagnantes ont été choisies dans chaque thème. Dans ces douze finalistes, on compte cinq photos soumises par des membres de clubs de l’ACAP. De plus, le choix ultime de la photographie de l’année 2020 s’est porté sur :

Toutes nos félicitations aux gagnants, aux clubs et à leurs membres. En guise de récompense, l’ACAP offre un abonnement d’un an au club gagnant et à la photographe de la photo de l’année. Vous pouvez visionner le déroulement du Gala de la SPPQ à

Ontario Zone News May 2020

Ontario Zone Dominates Canada’s Entries in 2020 Four Nations Competition

The selection of Canada’s images for submission in the 2020 Four Nations Competition has been completed – and congratulations to the Ontario Zone; images from individuals in this zone dominated.  The competition required 80 different photographs from 80 different photographers, and Canada’s submission consists of;  15 Nature, 15 Monochrome, 35 Open, 15 My Country.

Images from Ontario Zone members constituted 46% of Canada’s entries, with five members from the Jiahua Elite Photography Association, five from the Toronto Camera Club, four from the Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto, four from the London Camera Club, three from the Richmond Hill Camera Club, two from the Grand River Imaging and Photographic Society, two from the Trillium Photographic Club, and one each from the St. Catherine’s club, the Hamilton Camera Club and the Toronto Digital Photography Club. As well there were three images from individuals in the zone who did not identify any club affiliation.

Congratulations to all those who entered, and particularly to those selected. The Four Nations international competition closes on June 24, 2020 and we should receive the results in late July or August.

Atlantic Zone News May 2020

The first Atlantic Zone Competition was a great success. By the closing date of April 20, we had received 117 images from 60 entrants across the region. Members of Camera 35 (St. John’s, NL), Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Lighthouse Photo Group (Halifax, NS),  Scotsburn-Northumberland Amateur Photography Society (Alma, NS), Focus Camera Club (Moncton, NB), Photo Fredericton (Fredericton, NB), St. Croix Click (St. Stephen, NB), and CAPA Individual members participated in the competition. The entry images were scored by three CAPA Certified Judges and results were sent out to the entrants.  We received positive comments on the competition, people saw it as a great opportunity to participate in CAPA competitions in less competitive and more casual setting. The results can be viewed here. Congratulations to the winners!

Michiko Nishijima
CAPA Atlantic Zone Director

Pacific Zone News May 2020

News from the Gabriola Photography Club

  • Gabriola Photography Club Zoom Meeting
    Gabriola Photography Club on Zoom

    The Gabriola Photography Club has continued activities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • We have been out taking photographs close to home.
  • Our meetings continue on Zoom as do our social pub nights. Our last meeting was about new photography experiences we have had and photographed during Covid.
  • Sharron Palmer hunt was excited to receive a first place CAPA individual merit award for her image titled “anticipation” receiving a score of 27 in the animal/bird theme of the My Country Contest. Thx to the judges! 

  • Our Capa Pacific Central Island Regional Workshop date has been extended for a year to April 2022 due to Covid and the anticipated backup dates for other workshops and photo salons. Our workshop will take place in Nanaimo, BC so stay tuned, as time flies when you are having fun.

News from the Langley Camera Club

It is difficult being a photography club when we can not do one of our favourite things, getting together! We decided early on that we would find a way to carry on.

  • First, we ramped up our Facebook postings, hosting some FC photo challenges, we want to ensure that we are keeping our club engaged.
  • We then adopted using Zoom for our virtual meetings.
  • We have introduced a series of informal club Locked Down competitions that our members are quite excited about.
  • We will be hosting speakers in May and June over Zoom.
  • As well we invested in Visual Pursuits, an online system for photography clubs that allows for online judging. This is going to be a real benefit to our club. We also plan on providing activities over the summer months until we start up again in the fall and we are preparing to do that virtually in case we still can’t meet.

News from the Crescent Beach Photography Club

  • All CBPC meetings have been cancelled until further notice due to Covid 19.
  • Of note is the fact that Lynne Kelmann has stepped down from the position of president of the club. Lynne has done an excellent job as president for the past three years, and we are all grateful for her guidance over this time period. Lynne has advised that she will continue to offer assistance during the hand over to the person selected to take over the president’s duties and has volunteered to chair the outings committee going forward.
  • The remaining members of the club executive committee are in the process of arranging a meeting to plan future club activities and choose a new president. Although none of us can predict the future we do hope to start up club activities again in September providing this can be done safely.
  • The club currently has 75 members and is in a good financial shape. More details will be sent to our members as the executive committee meets to elect a new president and determine the best way forward.

News from the Surrey Photography Club

  • The Pandemic has put a damper on most Camera clubs and SPC is no different.
  • SPC has had only one meeting in March and is starting meetings via Zoom this month.
  • Some of the members are doing no photography and others are reworking archived images.
  • One of the executives started a themed weekly challenge on their closed page in which only a few participated.
  • No face to face meetings are planned until possibly the fall.

Exposition virtuelle du Club photo Boucherville

Exposition virtuelle du Club photo Boucherville

Le Club photo de Boucherville, c’est 65 membres passionnés, amateurs et professionnels, qui vous proposent une exposition virtuelle des coups de coeur de ses membres. Chaque photo est l’expression d’un point de vue unique et d’une créativité hors du commun.
Visionnez notre expo et notre diaporama au


Virtual Exhibition of the Club photo Boucherville

Club photo Boucherville’s 65 dedicated professional and amateur members invite you to visit a virtual exhibition of some of their best work. Each photo is the expression of a particular, unique point of view as well a very high level of creativity.

Visit the exhibition and slideshow at

Exposition annuelle Club Photo Évasion Annual Exhibition

Club Photo Évasion Annual Exhibition
Exposition annuelle Club Photo Évasion Annual Exhibition

Cette année, le Club Photo Évasion tiendra son exposition annuelle sur un mode virtuel. L’exposition sera accessible à compter du 25 mai prochain à 18 heures jusqu’au 15 septembre 2020 par le biais du lien suivant :


This year, Club Photo Evasion will hold its annual exhibition virtually. The exhibition will be available from May 25th, 6 PM until September 15th, 2020 through the following link:

2020 Johnson Scholarship Program

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The 2020 Johnson Scholarship Program opens April 22nd. The Program is open to children and grandchildren of all CAPA members (even if they are not Johnson policyholders).

Johnson is proud to offer 50 scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, to eligible students completing high school in 2020 and starting post-secondary education in the fall of 2020.  Johnson has awarded over 1,500 scholarships valued at more than $1 million to support young Canadians across Canada in pursuit of their post-secondary education.

To learn more, please visit


Le programme est ouvert aux enfants et petits-enfants de tous les membres de l’ACAP (même s’ils ne sont pas des titulaires de police Johnson).

C’est avec fierté que Johnson Assurance offre 50 bourses d’études, d’une valeur de 1 000 $ chacune, aux étudiants et étudiantes admissibles qui terminent leurs études secondaires en 2020 et commencent leurs études postsecondaires à l’automne 2020.

Soucieuse d’aider les jeunes Canadiens et Canadiennes d’un coin à l’autre du pays à poursuivre leurs études postsecondaires, Johnson Assurance a décerné plus de 1 500 bourses d’études totalisant au-delà de 1 M$.

Pour en savoir plus, visiter

Member Benefit: PhotoLife Magazine

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We have a new CAPA Members Benefit: a Discount on a subscription to Photo Life or Photo Solution annual subscriptions.
You will find details of this offer under the members tab when you are signed into the CAPA website.


Nous avons un nouvel avantage pour les membres de l’ACAM: une réduction sur un abonnement aux abonnements annuels à Photo Life ou Photo Solution.
Vous trouverez les détails de cette offre sous l’onglet membres lorsque vous serez connecté au site Web de ACAP

Web Manager Position Available

This is a part time, paid position. The CAPA web site was designed using WordPress themes. You will work with a great group to provide ongoing member support and to keep the site content current. 

CAPA Website:

  • Serve as Web Manager for
  • Develop and implement a year-round plan for ongoing fresh and relevant content
  • Select and edit content for the website for relevance and appropriateness including updates to the CAPA Facebook page
  • Work with the volunteers providing specialized content modules, specifically the Entry Wizard System for Competitions and the Paid Memberships Pro/WooCommerce system for memberships.
  • Oversee and manage the Website Developers and other contracted businesses working on the website
  • Serving as first responder to website users requiring help with logging in and access to website content
  • Overall management of website and specialized module issues and updates
  • Position reports to the CAPA Executive

Event Management

  • Set up and manage paid CAPA events (Judging Courses) in the Events Module within the website

Technical knowledge of WordPress is required along with familiarity of CAPA.

To enquire contact Rod Trider, President CAPA at the following email

Glenn Bloodworth Appointed Judges Liaison

I am pleased to announce the Board’s appointment of Glenn Bloodworth, Ontario Zone Director, as CAPA’s Judges Liaison officer.

As part of our response to findings from the 2019 national members’ survey the Board has instituted this new position. The survey highlighted that judges wanted enhanced regular communication from CAPA.

Glenn brings considerable judging experience to this new position, as well an enthusiasm & dedication to the ongoing improvement of CAPA’s judging system. Glenn will be assisting Michael Breakey, CAPA’s Director of Education, to help enrich our efforts in ensuring quality certified judges for club, regional, national and international competitions. His initial efforts will focus on the administration of all our judges, certified and those in training.

Glenn can be contacted at – Please use in your e-mail header or subject the word “Judges”.

Rod Trider, President CAPA

liaison des juges

J’ai le plaisir d’annoncer la nomination de Glenn Bloodworth, directeur de la zone de l’Ontario, comme “agent de liaison des juges” de l’ACAP.

Le Conseil a créé ce nouveau poste dans le cadre de notre réponse aux conclusions du sondage national auprès des membres de 2019. Ce sondage a souligné que les juges souhaitaient une communication régulière améliorée de la part de l’ACAP.

Glenn apporte à ce nouveau poste une expérience considérable en matière de jugement photographique, ainsi qu’un enthousiasme et un dévouement à l’amélioration continue du système de jugement de l’ACAP. Glenn assistera Michael Breakey, directeur de l’éducation de l’ACAP, pour enrichir nos efforts afin d’assurer des juges certifiés de qualité pour les compétitions de club, régionales, nationales, et internationales. Ses premiers efforts se concentreront sur l’administration de tous nos juges, certifiés et en formation.

Glenn peut être contacté à – Veuillez utiliser dans votre en-tête ou ligne de sujet de courriel le mot «juges».

Rod Trider Président l’ACAP

Nouvelles de la Zone Québec – avril 2020

Annulation de tous les évènements prévus pour le printemps par la zone du Québec jusqu’au relâchement des mesures de contrôle de la pandémie Covid-19.
En conformité avec les consignes et règlements des divers paliers gouvernementaux, la zone du Québec de l’ACAP doit malheureusement annuler tout évènement menant à un rassemblement physique jusqu’au relâchement des mesures de confinement et de distanciation. Dans l’intérim, vous êtes invités à visiter le site web de l’ACAP pour d’autres activités, pour les concours, pour les images gagnantes et pour proposer vos photos à la section « Photo Forums » dans le contenu réservé aux membres.

Québec Zone News – April, 2020

All Québec Zone events planned for the Spring have been cancelled until the reprieve of measures limiting the propagation of Covid-19.
In accordance with the rules and regulations dictated by various levels of government, the Québec Zone must unfortunately cancel all events that would involve physical meeting while the measures of distancing and confinement are still in place. In the meanwhile, you are invited to consult CAPA’s website for activities, competitions, competition results and also to submit images to the « Photo Forums » section in the content reserved for members only.

Staying Connected during Covid-19

During these trying times we know that as Canadians we will work through this and become stronger as a community. But as we have come to realize, the next few months will not be ‘business as usual’, especially for photography clubs and other groups that meet regularly.

Is your club doing something special or developing plans to stay connected with your members? Here are some of your answers:

Victoria Camera Club:

One of our Victoria Camera Club members, initiated a new website forum for all members. Lorna Shaw’s idea is called the Distraction Project to run weekly during the Covid 19 events.

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A weekly challenge subject is given to members via email. Lorna says “if you’re needing a boost, missing photography, or wanting some normalcy, a healthy distraction, please get your camera out and participate. This is open to ALL members. Each theme can be completed indoors or out.

Submit ONE photo each week on that week’s theme. You can do this through the VCC website. A gallery called “The Distraction Project” has been set up, with a sub gallery for each week.

The topics are meant to be open-ended. Interpret them however you want and let your creativity come alive.

It isn’t a test or a competition – this is for fun, connection, and healthy distraction.” The link to it is

It is very active after two weeks.

Cheers, Richard Shapka

The Darkroom Group:

We are keeping in touch through Zoom.
Thanks.  Judy

Club photo Impression

Nous organisons, sur notre groupe Facebook, une activité “La photo de la semaine”. Les membres proposent deux photos sur un thème hebdomadaire.

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C’est l’occasion d’échanger sur nos photos, souvent sorties de nos banques de photos.
Nous prévoyons aussi tenir notre exposition annuelle en mode virtuel sur l’outil izi-travel.

We are organizing a virtual contest “The photo of the week” on our facebook group. The members can summit two pictures responding to a specific theme. This is the occasion to retrieve pictures from our photographic bank and to comment the pictures.
We expect to have our annual exposition in a virtual mode with izi-travel.

Ça va bien aller. It will be fine
Bernard Legault, Président. Club photo Impression

Abbotsford Photo Arts Club

Well we had an executive meeting in March via Zoom but that’s about it so far.

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We are working on a website upgrade with Visual Pursuits much like Langley but I’m not sure at this point whether we will have any online club meetings between now and June. It depends how our testing goes. We might have images judged online by a remote judge but its all up in the air right now.
Cheers from APAC
Phil Dyer

Chung Ai Photographic Society

We do our meeting by WhatApp and we also WeChat for our club menbers. It works out very well. Thank you very much,
James Yip

RA Photo Club

As soon as the COVID-19 lock-down hit, one of the club leaders suggested that we implement a weekly themed challenge on the Club’s Facebook page.

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It’s a private Facebook site, so this means we have good control on who can post (i.e. keeps the trolls out). A topic is put up at the beginning of the week and people (abiding by all the local restrictions on getting out and physical distancing) create, process and post their images. The topic is communicated through both the Club’s email list server and the Club’s Facebook page.

The Nature group at the club is looking at doing something similar; backyard nature outings that comply with nature rules, i.e. avoiding the “hand of man”. This initiative is still in startup phase.

Our meeting facility was shut down between when we did the judging on one of our monthly competitions and when we were going to have the judges review the images at the next weekly club meeting. Our tech people are setting up the infrastructure to get all three judges to comment on the images remotely and will be streaming the event to the club members. We are looking at recording the proceedings so that members can stream this in the comfort of our homes. This should take place in another couple of weeks. We are also looking at running our final competition this way; remote judging with judges commentary to follow. This is planned for mid-May. We run mixed digital and print competitions, but unfortunately this last event will be digital only.

We run a monthly photo critiquing program where people bring in their images and members of the group critique each other’s work. We are looking at using the same infrastructure as the remote judging platform to enable this; again, something that we hope to get running in May.

A bit more hazy, but also under consideration is to offer seminars using web meeting platforms like WebEx and Zoom. We have asked some of our regular instructors to think about how to implement this type of program. We have not determined a startup date for this yet

Once these activities are up and running, we are going to look at uptake and participation to see what else we can offer club members. Ultimately, we are looking at ways to keep RA Photo Club members engaged during this crisis so that they want to come back when the situation normalizes.

Regards (and keep safe!)
Manfred Mueller, RA Photo Club Chair

Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia

Our club has image critiquing online. In the Members Only section of our website, we have something called Share and Evaluate where members can post an image for feedback from all our members.

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I hope you are well and taking some time for yourselves as we all adjust to working from home as well as social distancing. Here’s a message that I sent out to the members of my club. Some of them have been successful in receiving anywhere from 2 to 3 months free. You may wish to share this with members of your clubs.

I hope you all are keeping safe and finding ways to explore your creativity during this time of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here is some happy news (not an April Fool’s joke) about Adobe. If you are a current subscriber, you might be able to get a payment holiday.

1) Login to your Adobe account at:
2) Make sure you are on full screen so you can see the magnifying glass. In the search window type “Covid 19”
3) On the bottom right of your screen, the “Contact Us” icon will appear. Click on it to open the chat window.
4) Type in Discount in the chat window.
5) This should give you the chat agent. (It may take a few minutes). Ask for a payment holiday and you should get 2 free months added to your subscription.

Happy Creating and Stay Safe!

Lions Gate Camera Club

The Community Centre where we meet is closed until the end of June. Our Club year usually ends in late June.

During COVID-19 situation we are doing everything remotely by internet.

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We are continuing our monthly Projected Image Evaluations by sending images to a designated person who collects them and who then sends all the images by “We Transfer” to the judge(s) and all members.
The judges have agreed to do this for us. The judges scores and comments are then sent back to all members. Scores and winning images are also posted on the website (as usual).

This month we are using the same system for Nature Night, judging will be by 3 experienced members who are Nature Photographers. Members are allowed to submit 3 images for Nature Night.

In addition, while we cannot meet together, we are running a weekly competition. Each member will submit one image to be judged by the other members participating. Again a designated person will collect the images and send out by “We Transfer”. This person will also act as the collector of the scores and at the end of the Club Year a small prize will be awarded to the winner.

Tony Keen
President, Lions Gate Camera Club.

Napanee Photo Club

Our current plan for the Napanee Photo Club will be doing our June Competition online including online judging with CAPA judges instead of doing our regular print competition. 

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As well we will continue to have a monthly theme where we will post and share images via Flickr.


Sean Hearon

West Kootenay Camera Club

Our March 16th 2020 West Kootenay Camera Club Meeting was canceled due to CoVid 19 and as of March 19th all Camera Club Meetings and Activities have been cancelled. This includes Monthly Outings, Travelling Exhibits and June Photo Show Exhibition.

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The Photo Show group had already done a lot of preliminary work and they were quite saddened to have the show cancelled. However, we now are moving on in another way with Zoom video conferencing.  A few members are familiar with Zoom but the majority are not, so at the present time we have three or four Hosts trialling Zoom with small groups within our club. The feedback from members has been quite positive and some are hosting on there own and discovering a new way to stay connected with friends and family.

For our Club, the goal now is to have our first online meeting at the end of April. The main objective is to continue with photographing the Monthly Theme and showing and judging the photos that have been sent in. Also we always seem to have excellent photography presentations and we are hoping that presenters can retool so to speak and make presentations online as well. At the moment one small group has decided to have reoccurring weekly meetings mainly to share photos that have been taken in their back yards. Maybe other members will host meetings on their own with specific interests like Macro or Equipment discussions. So we are experimenting and going gradually to allow as many members as possible to participate with confidence online.

Over a long period of time social isolating will be more difficult to do, but we hope by keeping busy, active and carrying on with some kind of Photography Meetings online we may continue to push everyone’s limit in taking better photos. Now is the time to make this happen. Good luck to all.


Ken Lebedoff


Hamilton Camera Club

Hamilton Club has been trying out new ways to keep members connected by having a date set for a webinar with Matt Kloskowski. A number of other clubs have also done this for their members.

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We are to register to this webinar and then be able to watch it on the date chosen from the comfort of our own homes or be able to watch it at a later date.
Another way we try to keep members informed was to have a member from the club set up a workshop on how to create composites. Members signed in to Zoom and watched from their own devices from home, they were allowed to ask questions and interact with the member leading the workshop. This was a new thing, but worked out well. Hopefully a few more workshops may be set up soon.

We also plan to hold the AGM meeting using zoom so all members can watch and interact.

Other members have also been sending links to online courses that are now offered free or at a low cost for people to enjoy at their own leisure.

Hope this helps, Take care, stay safe,
Kathy Heykoop

Port Franks Camera Club

Hamilton Club has been trying out new ways to keep members connected by having a date set for a webinar with Matt Kloskowski.  A number of other clubs have also done this for their members.

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 We are to register to this webinar and then be able to watch it on the date chosen from the comfort of our own homes or be able to watch it at a later date.

Another way we try to keep members informed was to have a member from the club set up a workshop on how to create composites.  Members signed in to Zoom and watched from their own devices from home, they were allowed to ask questions and interact with the member leading the workshop.  This was a new thing, but worked out well.  Hopefully a few more workshops may be set up soon.

We also plan to hold the AGM meeting using zoom so all members can watch and interact.

Other members have also been sending links to online courses that are now offered free or at a low cost for people to enjoy at their own leisure.

Hope this helps, Take care, stay safe,
Kathy Heykoop

Vernon Camera Club

The President and entire executive of the Vernon Camera Club is working well and making important contributions to keep the club active during this difficult time.

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The Education Committee organized a Zoom online conference on Thursday, April 2nd attended by 37 members. Ian Bull gave an excellent presentation “Getting to Know your Flash” giving us inspiration to unearth the equipment and dispel the boredom of being stuck indoors. Ian had also made up a video from photos submitted by members of the club from the trip to Bella Coola last September – a lot of marvelous images . The poll taken at the end of the meeting was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. We will be holding another online meeting on Thursday April 9th. This will be an Evaluation meeting whereby members submit a maximum of four photos on stipulated themes to be displayed and reviewed by two of the Club’s evaluators. So the plan is to continue on with online meetings until the crisis is over. In the mean time the members are kept informed via e-mailed newsletters and a lively interaction takes place on FaceBook.
Gill Kopy, Vernon Camera Club CAPA Rep.

Foothills Camera Club Calgary

COVID-19 CAPA Summary
All regular twice monthly meetings are cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 year. These will not be replaced by virtual meetings.

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The Executive is continuing to meet using Zoom.

The AGM was to be held before the end of May (scheduled for April 21st). We will send the membership the AGM reports on-line and recruit the new executive who will be temporarily appointed until an AGM can be held at one of the earliest face-to-face regular meetings in the fall. At the deferred AGM, the new executive will be formally appointed.

Photography Competitions and Challenges:
Digital competitions will continue as previously planned with on-line judging.

Additional digital photography challenges have been initiated – the first one being ‘Signs of Spring’ and this challenge will be judged by all the members on-line through a ranking system.

Educational Opportunities:
We are offering on-line Zoom meetings on photography topics hosted by various club members.
We have set up a Discussion Forum for sharing on-line photography educational resources that members have found useful.

Thanks, Dan

The Chinese Canadian Photographic Society Of Toronto

These are very unusual times. We did not expect or prepare for it. But we have to adapt.

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1) Our executive committee holds virtual meetings online. We also use Whatsapp for time-sensitive communication.
2) We plan to hold online meetings with members. Topics of meetings include educational presentations, sharing travel experience and photos, photo evaluation and critique.
3) We have a private Facebook group for members to share their pictures and to have discussions on all things photographic.
4) We hold informal friendly bi-weekly mini photo contests on special assigned topic. To encourage members to stay indoor and be creative, we ask members to take pictures on an assigned object commonly found around one’s home. One object is assigned for each contest. Participants post their photos on our Facebook page. The one who gets the most ‘like’ wins and be recognized.

Stay safe and healthy
Regards, Frankie

Focus Camera Club

Social distancing being our new normal, Focus Camera Club has decided to embrace technology and host our meetings via video conferencing. 

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Much to our surprised, our first meeting had 75 members in attendance and the feedback was so positive that we decided to change our 2-hour bi-weekly meetings to a weekly one-hour meeting.   Our scheduled guest speakers have so far been able to present their presentation; allowing us to deliver our program.  We continue to incite our members to submit their images for our upcoming competitions and we will show the images and the winners using the video conferencing tool.

We have also been running a daily challenge for 14 days where our members are encouraged to post a photograph that they have taken inside of their home to a specific theme, for example, texture, snacks, rules of third to name a few.  At the end of each day, we draw one winner and at the end of the 14th  day, we will be drawing a prize to an individual who has posted a picture each day of the challenge.  At the end of this challenge, we will be launching a new challenge to encourage our members to continue being creative within the confinement of their property.

We are fortunate that our members have embraced this tool allowing us to continue business as usual in these abnormal times of having to practice social distancing.

Stella d’Entremont

Club photo de Boucherville

The Club photo de Boucherville has been doing online meetings on Cisco Webex (Zoom equivalent) since our place was closed by the authorities on March 13th.

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For now, we had three meetings where we shared images on screen. We voted online for a macro contest and then shared the notes and comments together. We had an evening where three “superstar” members shared their portfolio and their photography journey (that’s always a big winner in our club each year, we get to know each member deeper). We finally had another viewing and commenting of photos taking during photo trips we organized throughout the year 2019-2020. We even record the meetings so people can watch it after if they missed it! Our photographers are delighted by all those solutions. Being online also means that pictures are clearer because we’re closer to the computer and no one is chitchatting at the same time 😉

For the rest of the season, we plan to do presentations of our artistic team projects done throughout the year (another fun way to bond members and to create opportunities) and even our general assembly. We also know some photographers offering online conferences to photo clubs, which is great!

At the end of each year, we are invited to exhibit around 100 images in our public city art gallery and since we cannot do it this year, we are going… ONLINE, of course! We’ll send an invite, if you’d like!

We are also very active on our Facebook private group where we share pictures everyday, tips, news and so on!

Thanks a lot,

Marilène, CA director

Lakeshore Camera Club

This is a great idea. We’re looking forward to hearing what other clubs have been doing.

As for us, the Lakeshore Camera Club didn’t skip a beat.

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We had our last ‘physical’ meeting on Monday March 9th and our first ‘virtual’ one the following Monday livestreamed via WebEx. Since then, we’ve held four meetings without having to change anything – two competitions complete with slideshows and critiquing by three judges, one with a presentation by a guest speaker operating remotely, and the last one which was a reveal and talk on several photo essay projects by our members.

We have consistently had between 70 and 80 members (out of a total of approximately 140) participating in these meetings! We have even added two meetings to make sure there is no gap for weeks when a holiday falls on a meeting night. For instance, this coming Monday is a normally a holiday but we have added a virtual meeting on Tuesday – tech talks by three of our more experienced members.

We invited executives of another camera club (also a CAPA member as it turns out) to introduce them to these possibilities and helped them get started with an objective to being able to offer even more content to camera enthusiasts with two “meetings” a week, one by each club. Discussions are currently underway and we’ll see where it leads to.

And that’s not all!

Our webmaster and another of our members introduced us to ‘Slack’, an online community space that allows people to communicate and share ideas, images, links to webpages, youtube videos, whatever … both structured (by topic of interest) and unstructured (direct messages to each other). Aside from text and sharing files, members can easily initiate video calls among themselves up to 15 at a time. We started testing with a free account and then took advantage of Slack’s offer of a fully functional upgrade at no charge for non-profits.

We are now accessible and online 24/7. Already we have over 30 members in the first week who have activated their account and we are holding weekly challenges, posting links to educational websites and much more…This environment will continue to operate independent of the formal end of our season in early June (we normally restart just after Labour Day in September)

However, we are also starting to plan for the possibility of extending our season through the summer months given a not unreasonable likelihood that some form of containment may remain in place for much longer than our hopes would have.

Finally, if you don’t mind me using this opportunity to communicate with other clubs, we would like to mention that if there are any other clubs that might be interested in “virtually” partnering with us, feel free to contact us at

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share our experience and hear the experience of others.


Carmin Cristofaro, on behalf of the

Lakeshore Camera Club


Photo Fredericton

Photo Fredericton opened the annual print exhibit at the Playhouse galleries on March 2. However,  as the building is closed to the public at the moment, we made a YouTube video for the virtual gallery tour.

Mon pays / My country camera winner Michael Winsor

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Team Canada – World Photographic Cup

Hello fellow CAPA members.

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

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

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

It’s the Olympics of Photography.

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

Why do we have a Team Canada?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Challenging Times – a message from the President

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Dear CAPA Members & Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Rod Trider, FCAPA

Chers membres et amis de l’ACAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Rod Trider, FCAPA

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CanAm Expo Judging Course Cancelled

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

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


Annulation Cours de Juge – Cancellation Judging Course

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

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

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

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

Rod Trider
Président de l’ACAP

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

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

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

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

Rod Trider
CAPA President

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Kayla Stevenson, FCAPA

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

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

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

Prairie Zone Competition 2020

CAPA Prairie Zone Competition 2020 (Pilot Project)

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

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

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

Best regards,
Dan Sigouin
CAPA Prairie Zone Director