CAPA Honours

CAPA Honours are awarded to recognize a high standard of both photographic achievement and photographic service to CAPA. Each year the Honours Committee considers nominations for the following CAPA Honours:

  • Maple Leaf (MCAPA)
  • Associateship (ACAPA)
  • Fellowship (FCAPA)
  • Honourary Membership
  • Honourary Fellowship (HonFCAPA)
  • Certificate of Honor for service to CAPA/ACAP
  • Certificates of Recognition, Appreciation and Membership FIAP Distinctions

Honour awards are presented to the recipient at the AGM, CAPA Conference or by the appropriate Zone Director or his/her designate.

For more details on the CAPA Honours program, or questions about how to nominate someone for a CAPA Honour, please send an email to the Honours Committee Chair at honours@capacanada.ca

Maple Leaf (MCAPA)

Must have been a member of CAPA in good standing for at least three years or been a CAPA member for one year and a CAPA Club member for three years. The member must meet three of the requirements listed.

  • Gold or top award in at least 3 CAPA Club Competitions.
  • Achieved 10 acceptances in CAPA and/or International Exhibitions / Competitions, or 3 acceptances in Zone, or Interclub Competitions.
  • Served for a minimum of one year as a member of the executive of a CAPA camera club, or on a CAPA committee, or acted as the chairperson of the committee hosting a round of one of the CAPA competitions.
  • Presented a program of his/her own to a camera club.
  • Any other photographic achievement or service equivalent to the above, subject to the approval of the Chair of the Honours Committee.

Associateship (ACAPA)

Must have been a member of CAPA in good standing for at least three years and meet at least five of the requirements listed.

  • Served on the executive committee of a camera club affiliated with CAPA for a period of one year in a senior capacity (eg. President, Program Chairman, Newsletter Editor).
  • Served on a CAPA Committee for a period of two years. (Alternatively, acted as chairperson of the club committee hosting two or more rounds of any of the CAPA competitions.)
  • Achieved at least ten additional acceptances in CAPA and/or international exhibitions / competitions.
  • Had an article or portfolio published in any recognized national photographic journal or equivalent publication.
  • Participated in at least three CAPA trophy competitions for individuals or six CAPA club competitions or some combination in the ratio of one individual to two club competitions (i.e. 1 individual and 4 club competitions, or 2 individual and 2 club competitions) and have received at least 3 HM Awards.
  • Presented at least 3 different full programs to camera clubs or other groups acceptable to the Honours Committee, or, had at least one public exhibition of a minimum of ten prints.
  • Given a full program instructional workshop to camera clubs, or other groups acceptable to the Honours Committee, on at least 3 occasions.
  • Served as a judge for a camera club competition (CAPA affiliated) or other group acceptable to the Honours Committee, on at least 5 different occasions.

Any other photographic service or achievement from other countries and/or other photographic organizations that are like # 1 to # 8 above, subject to the approval of the Honours Committee.

Fellowship (FCAPA)

Must have been a member of CAPA in good standing for at least three years and meet at least five of the requirements listed.

  • Held a senior position on the executive committee of CAPA at the National or Zone level for at least 2 years or served as General Chair of a Canadian Camera (Served as the Chair of a National juried CAPA exhibition).
  • Won an annual 1st Place award in a CAPA National or International Competition, or the CAPA Conference national competitions.
  • Prepared an instructional program accepted for distribution by CAPA/ACAP.
  • Had two additional articles and/or portfolios published in any recognized national photographic journal or equivalent publication.
  • Achieved an additional thirty acceptances in CAPA or international exhibitions including six HM or three medal awards (or a combination in the ratio of 2 HM’s / 1 medal).
  • Had twenty different photographs published in publications acceptable to the Honours Committee or had twenty different prints chosen for inclusion in public exhibitions approved by the Honours Committee.
  • Served as a judge for at least ten photographic competitions sponsored by organizations other than the member’s own camera club (subject to the approval of the Honours Committee). At least two of these competitions must have been an interclub or higher level of competition than a single camera club event.

Any other photographic service or achievement from other countries and/or other photographic organizations that are like # 1 to # 6 above, subject to the approval of the Honours Committee.

Any special photographic service or achievement, not covered by the above requirements provided it meets with the approval of the Honours Committee, (eg. An honourary life membership from one’s own camera club).

Honourary Membership

Honourary Membership in this Association may be granted to anyone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association, or to the art or science of photography. Proposals for Honourary Membership may be made by any member of this Association. A 3/4 vote of the Board of Directors is required to confer Honourary Membership. Upon conclusion of their service in office without impeachment, each President of this Association automatically shall become an Honourary Member. Honourary Members do not pay annual fees.

Honourary Fellowship (HonFCAPA)

Honourary Fellowship may be awarded for broad and distinctive service to Canadian photography and/or for excellence in photography to anyone within or outside the Association. A 3/4 vote of the Board of Directors is required to confer Honourary Fellowship.

Certificate of Honour for Service to CAPA/ACAP

The Certificate of Honor for service to CAPA is given to CAPA members for distinctive services performed on behalf of CAPA, which contributed to the Association’s growth and development. It can also be given for substantial service of a valuable nature continued over a period of years. A proposal must be made to the Honours Committee for this award.

CAPA Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is granted to CAPA members who have consistently given unselfishly of themselves to nurture the Association or individuals, in the furtherance of CAPA’s photographic ideals. Candidates nominated for this distinction are proposed by the Honours Committee to the CAPA Board who confer the award on deserving individuals.

Certificates of Recognition, Appreciation and Membership

These are awarded to individuals, clubs or groups by the Board of Directors for service or contributions to the association or for membership in the association.

  • Certificate of Recognition:
    • For a club’s contribution to the art of photography by hosting a Conference or exhibition.
    • For a group’s contribution to the art of photography by hosting a Conference or exhibition.
    • For an individual’s contribution for exceptional service or contributions to the association.
  • Certificate of Appreciation – for contributions to the association. This certificate may be awarded by any Member of the Board with the sponsorship of one other Director and need not be voted on by the Board of Directors.
  • Certificate of Membership – for businesses may be requested by any CAPA member in good standing, and approved by a Zone Director.

CAPA Certificate Application

CAPA certificates are awarded to individuals, clubs or groups by the Board of Directors for service or contribution to the Association or for membership in the Association:

  • The Certificate of Appreciation is available for contributions to the Association;
  • The Certificate of Membership is available for businesses and may be requested by individuals; and
  • The Certificate of Recognition is available for a club’s contribution to the art of photography by hosting a college or exhibition.

Please complete a CAPA Certificate Application Form and sent it to:

Val Davison, CAPA Honours Committee
honours@capacanada.ca

Your application form should be received two months prior to the presentation date, if possible.

Click on the links below to view and/or download your application form:

Certificate of Photographic Achievement

This certificate is awarded to individuals who meet the following criteria.

  • Proof of having achieved Photographic certification from a recognized educational or similar institution.
  • Nomination for Professional photographic proficiency from the place of employment. A minimum of 5 years experience, where photography was the major source of income.
  • Nomination by three distinguished luminaries, one of whom must be a board member with the FCAPA Honour at the time of nomination. The other Two must either hold an FCAPA Honour or be a Board Member, or be a CAPA distinguished photographer or instructor.
  • CAPA distinguished photographer or instructor.

Or this certificate may be awarded to individuals who meet four of the following criteria:

  • Individual CAPA Membership in good standing for a period of five years or a combination of membership in CAPA for three years and in an equivalent national
    or international photographic organization for an additional two years.
  • Service at the national level of CAPA or a recognized equivalent organization as previously described. (Regional service may be recognized in special circumstances.)
  • Photographic Achievement within a recognized photographic organization.
  • Publication of images in recognized photographic journals, photographic magazines or photographic presentations at national and regional events at the discretion of the CAPA Board and Honours Committee.
  • Nomination by the Honours Committee; or by three quarters the CAPA Board of Directors or by five distinguished luminaries including two members of the Board and a combination of three other members who hold FCAPA designation or have served as CAPA Committee Chairs.

FIAP Distinctions

The Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique (FIAP) grants distinctions to members of CAPA if they meet certain minimum requirements for photographic excellence and are sponsored by CAPA/ACAP. The distinctions are:

  • AFIAP (Artiste FIAP), the first level, likened to a Bachelor’s Degree,
  • EFIAP (Excellence FIAP), the second level, likened to a Master’s Degree,
  • MFIAP (Master Photographer, FIAP) the third level, likened to a Doctorate,
  • HonEFIAP (Honourary Excellence FIAP), the fourth level, likened to an Honourary Doctorate (limited number),
  • ESFIAP, an award for service to FIAP or to the national federation.

CAPA members seeking these distinctions must meet minimum requirements for acceptance in salons with FIAP Patronage. They must also meet certain requirements established by CAPA (such as service to the national association), and must apply through CAPA President.

Further information is available from the Affiliations Director whose name and address appears in every issue of Canadian Camera Magazine.

Awards Available For Members Clubs Medal Designations – Exhibition Standards

Contact information for the Chair of the Honours Committee is published in every issue of Canadian Camera Magazine, or on the CAPA website. Members of the Honors Committee are not made public.

The time requirements can be met through membership in CAPA combined with past membership in CPAC or NAPA. The requirements in force by each organization will be considered for the period that the applicant is using for his / her qualification for the Honour. Honours received previously (in CPAC or NAPA) will be recognized by CAPA.

The appropriate Honour will be awarded to the applicant rather than conferring all levels of individual Honours. For example, should the member meet the requirements for FCAPA, the Honour will be granted, without including an MCAPA and ACAPA.

Honours recipients receive a letter of acceptance from the Chair of the Honours Committee.

Proposal for Honours:

The Maple Leaf award may be applied for by any member of CAPA at any time, who meets the criteria for MCAPA, and is awarded automatically on application, provided satisfactory evidence of achieving the requirements, such as a signed statement from a member of a Camera Club executive, is submitted.

  1. All other Honours are awarded at the discretion of the Honours Committee
  2. For Associateship and Fellowship, CAPA members may be proposed by a CAPA member in good standing, or may apply on behalf of themselves.
  3. Honourary Membership and Honourary Fellowship must be proposed by a CAPA member in good standing, and require approval of the Board of Directors. (By-laws-article xviii, section 6b).

Deadlines – Associateship and Fellowship – Certificate of Honour

  1. The Chair of the Honours Committee will receive the proposal/application for Associateship, for Fellowship and for the Certificate of Honour at any time during the year.
  2. The Chair of the Honours Committee must report to the President at both the Winter and Summer Board meetings, the Committee’s vote on all proposals/applications for Associateship and Fellowship
  3. The Honours Committee reviews the applications and recommends an Honour Award in accordance with the approved criteria. The President is consulted and the applicants are forwarded to the Board for approval. Applicants are notified of their status by the Honours Committee Chair and a letter of congratulations to the successful recipients is sent by the President and the Committee Chair along with the appropriate Certificate and CAPA Honours Pin.

Deadlines – Honourary Membership and Honourary Fellowship

The President of CAPA may receive applications at any time of year from any CAPA member in good standing. The President will submit the application to the Board at the next board meeting. After the vote, the President will notify the Chair of the Honours committee, and arrange for the Certificate to be prepared and presented when granted.

Honors Committee Chair – Val Davidson – honours@capacanada.ca