Photo Journalism

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Scope of Competition

Photojournalism relies on an image that tells a story or documents people affected by an event or a situation.

The image should clearly make one point or convey a message.  Good composition would greatly enhance the conveying of the story.

Open Theme – Images of people in varying locations, incidents, occasions or situations.

To comply with the spirit of a traditional ‘photo journalism‘ competition, the following points should be considered when capturing and submitting your image for this competition:

i) subjects or circumstances contained within the images image must not be staged or re-acted; and

ii) maintain the integrity of the captured image by not making any material changes;

iii) all individuals photographed should be treated with respect and dignity.  Special considerations should be given t vulnerable subjects and compassion to victims of crime or tragedy; and

iv) comply with the editing criteria outlined below.

Model releases are not required for this competition.

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 The submitted image must be a true representation of the captured subject.

Only basic post-processing is permitted such as cropping, tone and colour adjustment.  Selective adjustments or pixel modifications are not permitted such as elements cannot be added or removed; no dodging or burning; no gradient filter and no vignettes.

Post processing techniques NOT permitted are composite, HDR,  stitching, using filters, applying textures, focus stacking and infrared.

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

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.

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. 


Competition Processes

Closing Date of Competition – November 30, 2017 at midnight Pacific Standard Time.

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

Two Parallel CompetitionsCAPA Journalism ‘Individual’ Competition for only CAPA member and CAPA Journalism ‘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 – Canadian Association for Photographic Art

Competition Coordinator – Director of

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.