Fine Art

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 Scope of Competition

Fine art photography has no universally agreed upon meaning or definition. However, fine art photography does go beyond just: capturing an image; cropping

The goal of fine art photography is in creating a fine art image is to use subjects and techniques as vehicles in the process of conveying a strong message, idea, vision and/or emotion.

The artist may need to make the viewer think about what they are looking at and consider a different viewpoint than their own perhaps.

The skills in presenting their thoughts is also important.  You cannot grab a viewer’s interest with a poorly executed image.  This type of image is just distracting and will not keep the viewer in front of it.  Unless the technical part of the work reflects the quality of the abstract thought of the work, it may not be considered fine art.

The goal in creating a fine art image is to use subjects and techniques as vehicles in the process of reaching their vision, message or evoke an emotion.

According to Ansel Adams “Art implies control of reality, for reality itself possesses no sense of the aesthetics.  Photography becomes art when certain controls are applied.”

Open Theme – image can be: abstract, landscape, low light, macro, nature, portrait, still-life, street, wildlife, etc…


Editing Criteria

Open Editing – All in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques are permitted. This includes combining multiple images and elements in a final image. However, all components of the final image must have been photographed by the Entrant.

Submitted image MUST NOT contain any watermarks, name of the image or name of the photographer.

Single digital mat is permitted but is not required. Colour selection of the mat is left up to the Entrant.

Colour or black & white or monochrome images are permitted.

Image Specifications: JPG file format with the following conditions:

Dimensions: Maximum horizontal size: 1400 pixels and Maximum vertical size: 1050 pixels
Note: One of the dimensions must be exactly the maximum allowed size and neither dimension may exceed the maximum pixels for that dimension
Maximum filesize: 1.8 MB

Note: Online system will check for the above parameters and if they are not met then your image submission will not be accepted and you will receive a message explaining which parameters are not acceptable.

Colour Space: Should be sRGB

File naming Conventions:
– Filenames of images to be uploaded may ONLY contain letters, digits, spaces, period(.), underscore(_) or dashes (-)
– No other punctuation is allowed in this filename OR the name of its folder
For examples:
02-Canada Day.jpg
03- WinningCircleOfFriends.jpg
04-Morning Wonder.jpg
Image Title:
– May NOT contain the club name or the photographer’s name
– Unrestricted except refrain from using the following characters ” ‘.

Judging Criteria

Judges will award their scoring based on key elements such as composition, technique and subject matter.  However, the judges will have a strong emphasis on the creative message, quality of execution, innovation, and ‘wow’ factor.


Competition Processes

Closing Date of Competition – October 30, 2017 at midnight Pacific Standard Time.

Open To – All CAPA individual members and camera clubs associated to CAPA.

Two Parallel CompetitionsCAPA Fine Art ‘Individual’ Competition for only CAPA member and CAPA Fine Art ‘Club’ Competition for all camera clubs. CAPA members can upload a maximum of 4 images.   Whereas camera clubs can upload a maximum 6 photos but all images must be from different photographers.

Eligibility Criteria – Prior to submitting any photo in a CAPA competition, all entrants must first read and comply with the CAPA Eligibility Criteria relating to images submissions. –

For both the Individual and Club components of this competition, CAPA medals and Honourable Mention Ribbons will be awarded to entrants with the highest aggregate scores. Merit Award Ribbons will be awarded to the top three individual images.


How To Enter Competition –check out our How To Upload Images To CAPA Competition here

Hosting Camera Club – Crescent Beach Photograph Club

Competition Coordinator – Derek

Selection Of Winning Photos – After the closing date of the Competition, at least three judges will examine all images and assign their scores.

Distribution of CAPA Awards And/Or Commercial Prizes – will be coordinated by the CAPA Director of Competitions.


Access To Competition Results

The competition results are usually available 2 to 4 weeks after the closing date of the competition. CAPA Director of Competitions will advise all entrants of the competition results shortly after they are received by the Competition Coordinator.

Posting To Website – To view the winning images – select WINNERS-Individual or WINNERS-Club under the COMPETITIONS main menu.   Final competition report is restricted and can only be accessed by logging into the CAPA website.   View these reports by selecting COMPETITION REPORTS under the COMPETITIONS main menu.

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Competition Prize Provided By PHLearn

Individual CAPA Competition

Gold Medal Winner – Prize provided by PHLearn