National Judging Courses

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As a photographic society, one of CAPA’s most important roles is to nurture and encourage photographers at all levels to increase their knowledge and expertise in the art. Historically, one of the very significant ways we did this was to ensure that members received evaluation through judges with wide experience and knowledge of all aspects of photography.

Originally created in Western Canada, instruction courses have evolved and grown to encompass new technology and techniques. CAPA provides nation-wide courses teaching the fundamentals of judging, so that those who enter our competitions, can be assured of consistent and well informed evaluation and commentary of their work.

CAPA has trained judges since its inception to provide skilled competent judges and commentators at CAPA sponsored competitions, club events and international exhibitions. CAPA clubs particularly seek the help of CAPA judges for their own in-house competitions on a regular basis, and look to us to provide a consistent standard of judging across the country.

Many individuals take the judging course as a means of understanding what we expect in competitive judging. Significant time is spent on image analysis and an understanding of what an evaluator means when commenting on things that can improve an image’s impact and score.

How to Register for a Course

Please read the instructions in the box below before clicking on a course to register.

How to Register
CAPA Members
For individual members of CAPA:
  1. You must log in BEFORE registering for the Course.
  2. In the top navigation bar, click on Login.
  3. Select the course you wish to take
  4. Once logged in you will see your name and email address already filled in for course registration. If you do not see your name already filled in, you are not logged in.
  5. Select the number of CAPA member spaces you require (all must be CAPA members)and proceed to checkout.
Host Club Members
For host club members that are not members of CAPA:
  1. Select the course you wish to take
  2. Choose the host club members rate
  3. Select the number of spaces you require (all must be host club members)
  4. Fill in your name, email address and coupon code given to you by your host club
  5. A user account will be created and the host club discount will be applied
  6. Proceed to checkout
Non-members
For course registrants that are not members of CAPA or the host club:
  1. Select the course you wish to take
  2. Choose the non-members rate
  3. Select the number of spaces you require
  4. Fill in your name and email address
  5. A user account will be created
  6. Proceed to checkout

Click on a course below to register. CAPA members, you must be logged into your account on this website to access the reduced price. Hosting club members you can get your discount code from your Club President.

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How to Become a CAPA Certified Judge

CAPA offers a distinction to individuals who meet the CAPA high quality standard for Judging. Those who successfully participate are authorized to use “CAPA Certified Judge”.  If you are interested in going forward with certification, the steps to take are set out in the Certification as a CAPA Judge PDF document.

A special CAPA thank you to our members for their generous support by providing many of the photographic examples we use as teaching tools during the course. We appreciate your work and support.