Gold Missy Mandel Chickadee On Cones
Gold Missy Mandel Dik Dik Portrait
Gold Missy Mandel Grizzly Portrait
Silver Olivia Dolinsky Sky Is The Limit
Bronze RachelSchneiderman Eastern Bluebird

Scope of Competition

For our Nature Competition, CAPA has adopted the Nature Photography definition established on January 1, 2015 by: Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP); the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS).  The key points of this definition are summarized below:

Nature Photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology.  The image can include landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.

Human elements shall NOT be present, EXCEPT where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.  

Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. 

CAPA Special NoteTo promote responsible photographing of species, entrants:


  • must not do anything to injure or distress any animals or destroy their habitat in an attempt to secure an image
  • must maintain an appropriate distance from an active nest, and in most cases, avoid them entirely
  • baiting of wildlife should be avoided as it may have long-term impacts
  • don’t stress out wildlife by getting too close
  • should learn about the species’ behaviour and the ecology of the area
  • use appropriate lenses and techniques that minimize stress
  • should be a naturalist as well as a nature photographer
  • should be especially careful and respectful when photographing ‘species-at-risk‘ and threatened species
  • consider avoiding the photography of ‘species-at-risk


The Canadian federal Species At Risk ActSchedule 1 provides a listing of ‘species-at-risk.’  The Act also outlines that it an offence to kill, harm or harass a ‘species-at-risk.’  A good reference webpage is the Audubon’s Guide To Ethical Bird Photography.

SPECIAL AWARD: A separate CAPA Botany Certificate will be awarded to the single botany image which receives the highest combined scores from the three judges.  Botany includes images that portray uncultivated plant life such as trees, flowering and non-flowering plants, ferns, algae, fungi, etc… in their natural habitat.  Images of domestic plants, artificially produced hybrid plants, flowers arrangements, etc… are ineligible.


Editing Criteria

Restricted – No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the image without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning.

Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

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:

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 paid-up CAPA members and camera clubs associated to CAPA.

Two Parallel CompetitionsCAPA Nature ‘Individual’ Competition for only CAPA member and CAPA Nature ‘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 the CAPA Eligibility Criteria relating to images submissions. – READ ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA HERE

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

Hosting Camera Club – Richmond Hill Camera Club

Competition Coordinator – Harvey Ash –

Note: Questions about the scope of the competition and the editing criteria should be directed to the Competition Coordinator prior to the closing day of the competition.