Before submitting your images to BPS for CAPA competitions, we encourage you to look at the CAPA web site at: https://capacanada.ca/capa-competitions/, including the "Competition-FAQ" page under the "Competitions" heading in the top menu bar.
"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."
Members/participants agree to permit CAPA to publish their images in Canadian Camera Magazine, on the CAPA Website or use their images at any time for CAPA exhibition, publication, promotion, education. Entry into any CAPA competition or exhibition implies acceptance of the above practice, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY REFUSED by marking an "X" prior to the image title on the competition entry form. Photographers are credited for their work. CAPA recommends that the photographer obtain a model or music release for presentation and publication purposes, prior to submitting the entry. The photographer, not CAPA, will be responsible for any legal issues.
Open Theme - can include: abstract, landscape, low light, macro, nature, portrait, still-life, wildlife etc.
Open Editing - All different in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques can be used. This includes combining multiple images and elements in a final image. However, all competition of the final images must have been taken by the Entrant.
Fine art photography has no universally agreed upon meaning or definition. However, fine art photography does go beyond just capturing an image, cropping and editing it.
The goal of fine art photography is to create a fine art image by using subjects and techniques as vehicles in the process of conveying a strong message, idea, vision and/or emotion.
The artist may need to make the viewer think about what they are looking at and consider a different viewpoint than their own perhaps.
The skills in presenting the photographer's thoughts are also important. You cannot grab a viewer's interest with a poorly executed image. This type of image is just distracting and will not keep the viewer in front of it. Unless the technical part of the work reflects the quality of the abstract thought of the work, it may not be considered fine art.
The goal in creating a fine art image is to use subjects and techniques as vehicles in the process of reaching the photographer's vision, message or evoke an emotion.
According to Ansel Adams "Art implies control of reality, for reality itself possesses no sense of the aesthetics. Photography becomes art when certain controls are applied."
Open Theme - Image can be: abstract, landscape, low light, macro, nature, portrait, still-life, street, wildlife, etc.
Open Theme - image can be fish, insect, mammal, reptile, plant, vegetable, fruit, flowers, water drops, spider webs, money, object, etc…
Both detailed and accurate representation of a subject and creative interpretation and impression through selective focus, etc… are acceptable.
The terms 'close-up' and 'macro' are often used to describe the same type of magnification of an image. However technically speaking, a 'close-up' is an image with a reproduction ratio ranging from 1:10 to just below life size. Whereas 'macro' is life size (1:1) to 10:1 life size.
Close-up photography covers a broader range of lens options and techniques to achieve maximum magnification. The key emphasis of this competition is to "filling the frame is paramount" without the requirement of cropping the image in post processing. Therefore, appropriate composition is required at the time of image capture.
For this competition, you can use a dedicated macro prime lens, zoom lens, or a regular lens using a diopter, extension tubes, bellows, close up filters, lens extender or reverse lens. A combination of these devices are also permitted.
Restricted Editing - Images cannot be cropped in post processing to simulate a macro image. Therefore, the appropriate composition must be taken at time of image capture.
Editing may include basic clean up, white balance adjustment, tone adjustments colour correction, clarity, vibrance, saturation, sharpening and dodging/burning - as well as focus stacking, multiple exposure.
IMPORTANT NOTE - For this competition, the Entrant must preserve the original JPG or RAW formatted files containing the metadata details.