Message from the President

Message from the President, December, 2019

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

What inspires us as photographers?

At some point, we all struggle with our photography, looking for the spark, story or location that excites us in our art.

I am fortunate to be a CAPA Certified competition judge. Whenever I judge a competition, I am inspired by the great images presented for us to evaluate.

During the past three months, I have had the privilege to judge three international competitions with images from dozens of countries totalling more than 16,000 submissions.

Judging, teaching and exhibiting my own works means I have a lot of opportunity to be inspired. But still, like most photographers, I need to set aside time to pick up my camera and just shoot.

With the arrival of colder weather, it is easy to put off going out, but these are the times we need to force ourselves outside. I can’t over stress the importance of blocking some time to just go out and shoot. Sure, some days nothing will inspire you, but that’s OK. Other days there will be things that catch your eye – that inspire you. By creating the opportunity, you open the door for inspiration.

If you are in Central Canada, drop in to see the My Country Salon displayed at the Musee National de la Photographie (National Museum of Photography) in Drummondville, Que. The 39 large format prints representing each Canadian province and territory will be on display from Jan. 7 until March 29, 2020. Another holiday season is just around the corner, a time to be with family and friends. From all of us at CAPA, have a wonderful holiday season. Spread the cheer with a CAPA membership for the other photographers in your life.


Rod Trider, FCAPA