Photo Journalism

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David Friederich - A Word Of Advice From The QB
Nick Ruxandu - Jimmy

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

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.

Submitted image MUST NOT contain any watermarks, name of the image or name of the photographer.

Colour or black & white or monochrome images are permitted.

Image Specifications: JPG file format with the following conditions:

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 Convention:

– Filenames of images to be uploaded may ONLY contain letters, digits, spaces, periods(.), underscores(_) or dashes (-)

– No other punctuation is allowed in this filename OR the name of its folder

For example:




David Smith-Morning Wonder.jpg


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.

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 – Canadian Association for Photographic Art

Competition Coordinator – Director of

Selection Of Winning Photos – After the closing date of the Competition, three judges will examine all photos and assign their scores.

Distribution of CAPA Awards And/Or Commercial Prizes – will be coordinated by the CAPA Director of Competitions.


Access To Competition Results

The competition results are usually available 2 to 4 weeks after the closing date of the competition. CAPA Director of Competitions will advise all entrants of the competition results shortly after they are received by the Competition Coordinator.

Posting To Website – To view the winning images – select WINNERS-Individual or WINNERS-Club under the COMPETITIONS main menu.   Final competition report is restricted and can only be accessed by logging into the CAPA website.   View these reports by selecting COMPETITION REPORTS under the COMPETITIONS main menu.

NOTE: If you cannot see the COMPETITIONS REPORTS then you are not logged into the website.