Canadian Association of Photographic Arts’ Representative (CAPA)

Founded in 1968, the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA) is a nonprofit organization for amateur and professional photographers. CAPA’s main purpose is to promote the art and science of photography in all its forms throughout Canada and the world. CAPA’s membership consists of over a thousand individuals and one hundred clubs. The HCPC is a club member and competes in eight club digital competitions. Members are asked to help the club by submitting images for our six image entry, through the CAPA rep’s email: 

Click on the link below for a list of all CAPA Competitions. Each competition is linked directly to the CAPA website for complete instructions and valuable information on each event.

External Competitions 2019 / 2020

Lions Gate Camera Club
Nature photography refers to the wide range of images devoted to photographic observations of all branches of natural history in an honest and true representation. Evidence of the “hand of man” must not be presented in any part of the image. This includes and is not necessarily limited to roads, trails, fences, power lines/wires and forestry clear-cuts. Presence of scientific bands or collars is acceptable, but should be minimal.
There are four categories in the competition:


Category  1
 Subjects such as wild flowers, plants, trees, fungi and algae. Germinated and grown without human assistance.
Category 2
Subjects such as animals, birds, insects, reptiles and marine subjects – under the control and feeding of human not obvious – such as zoos, game farms, animal preserves, aquariums, etc….
Category 3
Subjects such as weather phenomena, geological formations, landscapes, seascapes and natural phenomena, planets, stars and astronomical events – no hand of man. 
Category 4
ONLY living and untamed mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and marine subjects – no hand of man.

Open Date: Open Date: October 1, 2019
HCPC Due Date: October 24, 2019
Close Date: November 1, 2019

North Shore Photographic Society
The open-theme competition will showcase the latest digital techniques in abstracts and alteredreality, classic landscapes, portraits, nature and architectural compositions, the gritty, funnystreet photography. Have grown in stature over thirty years, the Challenge is recognized as thepremier photographic competition in Western Canada.
Images will be scored by a qualified judging panel. Winners will be recognized with prestigiousCAPA medals.
All information found at North Shore Photography Society > The North Shore Photographic
Challenge .
Open Date: TBD
Due Date: TBD
Close Date: TBD
Live Judging: March 7, 2020

Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA)

For this year, we are combining our Nature and Wildlife competitions by creating four separate
1. Botanical
2. Landscape
3. Nature
4. Wildlife
Each entrant MUST enter at least 1 image in 2 themes to be eligible for overall CAPA medals.
For this competition, CAPA has adopted the Nature – Wildlife definitions established on January 1, 2015 by the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and The Royal Photographic Society
These definitions are as follows:
✴ Botanical – subjects such as wild flowers, plants and trees, fungi and algae.
Germinated and grown without human assistance.
✴ Nature – subjects such as animals, birds, insects, reptiles and marine subjects –
under the control and feeding of humans if not obvious – such as zoos, game farms,
botanical gardens, animal preserves, aquarium, etc…
✴ Landscape – subjects such as weather phenomena, geological formations,
landscapes, seascapes and natural phenomena, planets, stars and astronomical
events – no hand of man.
✴ Wildlife – ONLY living and untamed mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and marine
subjects – no hand of man.
Note: Hand-of-man – is the devoid of all human elements and impacts of human activities – The following examples ‘hand-of-man’:
1. Human – body or portions there of.
2. Sky – cable, telephone/power lines, jet streams, aircraft, light pollution, artificial light,
3. Lind – man-made structures or paths, concrete, man-made stone, telephone poles,
fences, posts, domesticated or cultivated plants/food, cut grass, organized or systematic
laying out of planted trees, etc…
4. Elements – cut trees or branches or stems, tree stumps, man-made food, objects or
background, etc…
5. Sea – boats, ships, piers, docks, posts in the water, etc…
HCPC Due Date: Oct. 23, 2019

CAPA Close Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Fine Art Photography is created in accordance with the vision of the artist as a photographer.
Using photography as a medium to bring something to life that only lives in the artist’s mind.
Animal and bird images will only be permitted into this competition if they contain substantial transformation to be considered fine art.
In creating fine art photography, the photographer uses subjects and techniques as vehicles in the process of conveying a strong message, idea, a message, vision and/or emotion.
The entrant should make the viewer think about what they are looking at and possibly consider a different viewpoint than their own.
Fine art photography stands in contrast to representational photography, such as nature, wildlife and photo journalism, which provides a documentary visual account of specific subjects and events. Therefore, a nature, wildlife or photo journalism image must have significant artistic changes for it to be accepted into this competition.
HCPC Due Date: Nov. 8,2019

CAPA Close Date: Nov.15,2019

Open Theme – Images submitted into this competition can come from a wide range of topics.
For this competition, photographers are encouraged to submit their best artistic or documentary images that express their interests and passions in photography.
For the purposes of balancing out the judging for this competitions, you are asked to submit your image into one of the following themes:
1. Close-up (achieving magnification of a subject by using lens and/or technique –
reproduction ratio ranging from 1:10 t just below life size.
2. Person(s) (portraiture, candid, documentary)
3. Natural Landscape (country side, rural scene, varying terrain, seascape,
waterscape, astronomical events, etc… – can include ‘hand-of-man’ and/or long
4. Urban Landscape & Architecture (can include low-light and/or long exposure)
5. Animals/Birds (wild or domesticated – ‘hand-of-man’ is permitted)
HCPC Due Date: Nov. 23, 2019

Capa Close Date: Nov. 30, 2019

This competition promotes the manipulation of photograph(s) in both in-camera and post
processing for artistic purposes to create a fictional or conceptual image or photographic art.
For the purposes of balancing out the judging for this competition, you are asked to submit your images into one or more of the following themes:
1. Abstract – images isolate a small area of an object and create a new image that can
be difficult to identify but that has a character all of its own. The results are not
intended to be anything specific.
2. Altered Reality – using real-world environment and elements to create a realistic or
unrealistic fictional image. Ideally, the intention is to create an image that conveys a
message or tells a story.
3. Creative – conveys a mood, a feeling, a beautiful arrangement of elements; they
could be expressive and can be aesthetically pleasing or promotes an emotional
response to shapes, line and colours. Image should go beyond a pictorial rendering
of a scene.
Any subject or topic is acceptable in this competition proved that the original captured image is the work of the photographer.
The entrant must have captured the source images and they must hold the copyright of the
source images. The entrant must have taken all components of the final image.
Images may not be constructed entirely with a computer. Non-creative images are eligible for
this category.
HCPC Due Date: Jan. 23, 2020

CAPA Close Date: Jan. 30, 2020

A photo series is very simply a collection of images that are placed in a specific order to tell a progression of events, emotions, concepts or themes. It is expected that the whole is greater than each part. Images can be Color or Black and White and each photo needs to complement each other.
Open Theme– image can be: abstract, landscape, low light, macro, nature, portrait, still-life,
street, wildlife, etc.
HCPC Due Date: Feb. 8, 2020

CAPA Close Date: Feb. 15, 2020

This competition will have five themes and each will be judged separately:
1. Human Individual/Groups (street photography is included)
2. Landscape/City-scape/Sea-scape
3. Architecture (inside/outside)
4. Flowers/Plants (wild or cultivated)
5. Animals/Birds (wild or domesticated)
A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category.
HCPC Due Date: Feb. 21, 2020

CAPA Close Date: Feb. 28, 2020

The audio visual (AV) competition submissions may consist of a multimedia presentation
composition of photography, video, animation, music and narration, text or a combination
The emphasis of the prevention will be the blending of these components into a cohesive
story line. The transition between the images should flow harmoniously with the appropriate colour or tone complementing the selected theme and images.

The presentation can be any subject but the presentation must follow a theme or tell a story such as a memorable event, recent trip or holiday, interviewing an interesting individual or highlighting a topic of interest.

The AV presentation must contain three elements:
1. Title page (title of presentation but no mention of the entrants name);
2. multiple slides and text if required; and
3. the first slide and last slide must be black and be displayed for 3 to 4 seconds.

AV presentation submission:
1. must NOT exceed 7 minutes;
2. filename must ONLY be named as – NAME OF PRESENTATION – Do not include the name of the photographer
3. file must be saved as a MP4 or MPEG-4 formatted file; MOV, MPEG, AVI, EKE or WMV
formats are NOT acceptable; and
4. can contain video and/or time lapse by must NOT exceed 20% of the total run time of the presentation;

HCPC Due Date: March 6, 2020
CAPA Close Date: March 15, 2020

For this competition, we are seeking your best image(s) which symbolizes our unique Canadian identity and the natural beauty of our country.
To assist you in seeking out the best image for this competition, we have included below some ideas:
• cultural heritage
• geographical uniqueness
• historical events or locations
• iconic landscape/city scape
• roughness of Canadian landscape
• seasonal uniqueness
• symbols of caring, confidence, courage, encouraging, helping others, nurturing, pride,
respect, self-sacrifice and trust
• nature
• wildlife specific to Canada (must not be more than 25% of the image area)
Your image can include aircraft, animal (feral or wild life), architecture, landscape, objects,
people, plants, sea mammals, trains, vehicles, vessels, etc…
This competition will have thirteen themes each representing a province or territory in Canada.
• Alberta
• British Columbia
• Ontario
• Manitoba
• New Brunswick
• Newfoundland & Labrador
• Northwest Territories
• Nova Scotia
• Nunavut
• Prince Edward Island
• Quebec
• Saskatchewan
• Yukon
You are encouraged to submit your images which exemplifies the unique beauty of one or more themes from your perspective as either a resident or a visitor.
You are permitted to enter your images in one or more of the geographical themes but your total number of submitted images cannot exceed: 4 images for a CAPA member or 6 images from a camera club (all images from different photographers).
HCPC Due Date: Mar. 23, 2020

CAPA Close Date: Mar. 30, 2020


HCPC 2019-20 External Competitions

All submissions for CAPA should go directly to Sue Nurmi
For more information from our CAPA Rep:   Sue Nurmi