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 and cropping. Therefore, an image must not be submitted into this competition if it would have qualified for a CAPA competition with a Restricted Editing Criteria such as: Nature, Photo Journalism or Wildlife.
The goal of fine art photography is in creating a fine art image is to use subjects and techniques as vehicles in the process of conveying a strong message, idea, vision and/or emotion.
The entrant 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 their 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 their 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."