Judy Berthman - Yellow Lady's Slipper
003 Bronze JudyBerthman Hover Fly
Macro 2
Macro 3

Scope of Competition

For this competition, the focus is on the principle of extreme magnification in capturing items or elements not normally viewed.

Open Theme – image can be fish, insect, mammal, reptile, plant, vegetable, fruit, flowers, water drops, spider webs, money, object, etc…

Both detailed and accurate representation of a subject and creative interpretation and impression through selective focus, etc… are acceptable.

The terms ‘close-up’ and ‘macro’ are often used to describe the same type of magnification of an image. However technically speaking, a ‘close-up’ is an image with a reproduction ratio ranging from 1:10 to just below life size.  Whereas ‘macro’ is life size (1:1) to 10:1 life size.

Close-up photography covers a broader range of lens options and techniques to achieve maximum magnification. The key emphasis of this competition is to “filling the frame is paramount” without the requirement of cropping the image in post processing. Therefore, appropriate composition is required at the time of image capture.

For this competition, you can use a dedicated macro prime lens, zoom lens, or a regular lens using a diopter, extension tubes, bellows, close up filters, lens extender or reverse lens.  A combination of these devices are also permitted.


Editing Criteria

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

Restricted Editing – Images cannot be cropped in post processing to simulate a macro image.  Therefore, the appropriate composition must be taken at time of image capture.

Editing may include basic clean up, white balance adjustment, tone adjustments colour correction, clarity, vibrance, saturation, sharpening and dodging/burning – as well as focus stacking, multiple exposure.

IMPORTANT NOTE – For this competition, the Entrant must preserve the original JPG or RAW formatted files containing the metadata details.

Colour or black & white or monochrome images are permitted.


Judging Criteria 

Image title that compliments or contributes to the vision or message being presented in the image.

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.

SPECIAL NOTE – Prior to approving the competition results, the Director of Competitions will commence a process to verify the quality and authenticity of the submitted image.  This process will include having  all potential winners with the highest scores to forward their original files (RAW or JPG) within a set period of time.   For this process, various techniques will be used to ensure the competition editing criteria is being adhered to. 

Images will be “deemed unsuitable” and will not be included in the final competition results report – if:

i) no original image is received by the Director of Competitions within a set period of time; and

ii) the image does not meet the conditions for either the scope of the competition or editing criteria for this competition.


Competition Processes

Closing Date of CompetitionApril 30, 2018 at midnight Central Standard Time.

Open To – All paid-up CAPA members and camera clubs associated to CAPA.

Two Parallel Competitions – CAPA Close-Up ‘Individual‘ Competition for only CAPA member and CAPA Close-Up ‘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.

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 Upload Images To CAPA Competition here

Hosting Camera Club – Jiahua Elite Photography Association


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.