Message from the President

Message from the President, June, 2019

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

Every week I am inspired by those who volunteer within our communities, whether at a camera club or the many local organizations. Being engaged in the community brings personal satisfaction and betterment to others.

It is for their commitment that I want to thank all the volunteers who make CAPA the national voice of photography in Canada. Everyone makes a difference: local club CAPA representatives, district representatives, zone directors, directors, committee chairs and board members.

The feedback from all those who responded to our survey was appreciated. We are busy planning the next steps for this organization. By the time this magazine is in your hands, we will have announced the competitions for the 2019-20 season. This will give you and our member clubs time to organize and photograph for the next year’s challenges.

At CAPA, our goal is to inspire you to expand your photographic skills and artistic abilities. Not everyone participates in our numerous competitions, but we hope you will look at them as a goal to creating new images – even if you do not submit them in competitions. A reason to push your boundaries.

Participation in competitions has doubled during the past few years, which is wonderful to see. The only drawback is it puts great demand on our dedicated group of CAPA trained/certified judges who so graciously volunteer their time. Across the country we have the need for more trained judges who understand proper scoring and have the ability to provide positive, educational feedback on images so we all can improve as photographers.

We encourage you to talk to your club executive about hosting a CAPA judging course. As a benefit, host club members get a discount. The majority of people who take the judging course want to understand what trained judges look for in an image and become better photographers.

As an international judge closing in on my 200th judging this year, I live by the CAPA mantra: “We are there as judges to encourage – not discourage.”

We hope the aircraft images in this issue inspire you to travel this wonderful country this summer, maybe even joining us in Calgary for the CCC2019 CAPA Conference, hosted by the Foothills Camera Club. It will be a great event for all levels of photographers.

Have an inspirational summer.

Rod Trider, FCAPA