Honours and Awards

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 CAPA Honours.

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Please complete a CAPA Honours Application Form and send it to: CAPA Honours Committee or by mail to 16762 – 23rd Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3Z 0M7.

Proposal for Honours:

Who is Eligible?

The Honours Committee gives recognition to Individual CAPA members who participate in CAPA activities through service and photographic excellence. Honours may be awarded to others for outstanding contribution to Canadian photography, meeting a standard approved by the Honours Committee and the CAPA President and Board of Directors. Our emphasis is on photographic achievement and service to the Association. Maple Leaf, Associate Fellowship, Fellowship and other designations are available.

What are the Guidelines?

The criteria for CAPA Honours are posted below.
Membership requirements are one year of CAPA Individual membership and three years of CAPA Club membership or three years of Individual membership depending on the award.

Who can Apply?

Members may self-refer or be recommended by any CAPA Individual member. Application Forms are available (above)  the Honours Committee at .
CAPA volunteers (Officers, Directors, Chairpersons, District Reps.) are encouraged to provide names of applicants to the Honours Committee.

How are Applications reviewed?

The Honours Committee consider the length of CAPA membership, participation in club and national competitions and service at the club, regional and national levels. Service includes executive positions, judging, presentations and workshops. Photography Exhibitions, publication of photographs and articles in newsletters, magazines and journals are noted. Participation and service in other Photographic Societies is credited. References from CAPA members, Officers and Directors are evaluated.
Applications received after May 1 may not be completed by June 1 and delay the announcement and presentation of an award until the fall.

The Committee looks forward to receiving applications from you.

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Honors Committee Chair – honours@capacanada.ca

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CAPA Honours
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.

  1. Gold or top award in at least 3 CAPA Club Competitions.
  2. Achieved 10 acceptances in CAPA and/or International Exhibitions / Competitions, or 3 acceptances in Zone, or Interclub Competitions.
  3. 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.
  4. Presented a program of his/her own to a camera club.
  5. 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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.)
  3. Achieved at least ten additional acceptances in CAPA and/or international exhibitions / competitions.
  4. Had an article or portfolio published in any recognized national photographic journal or equivalent publication.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Given a full program instructional workshop to camera clubs, or other groups acceptable to the Honours Committee, on at least 3 occasions.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

    1. 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 exhibitition) or any other photographic service.
    2. Won an annual 1st Place award in a CAPA National or International Competition, the CAPA Conference national competitions, or any other CAPA sponsored competition.
    3. Prepared an instructional program accepted for distribution by CAPA/ACAP.
    4. Had two additional articles and/or portfolios published in any recognized national photographic journal or equivalent publication.
    5. Exhibited in five solo shows or multiple images in five or more group shows.
    6. 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).
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. Any other photographic service or achievement from international and/or other photographic organizations subject to the approval of the Honours Committee.
    10. 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).
    11. The President of CAPA may recommend individuals for this Honour at his/her discretion, for exceptional service.
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.

Certificate of Photographic Achievement

Certificate of Photographic Achievement Details
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.

 

CAPA Certificates
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:
    1. For a club’s contribution to the art of photography by hosting a Conference or exhibition.
    2. For a group’s contribution to the art of photography by hosting a Conference or exhibition.
    3. 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.

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.

For more information, please contact exhibition-standards@capacanada.ca

FIAP Distinctions

For more information on FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique), visit their website