<CAPA> Projected Image Competition Guide Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA)
Projected Image Competition Guide 2016-2017


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.



October 30th and March 20th

In 2014 CAPA adopted the New International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) nature definition as follows:

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed. Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife.

Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

The photographer, whatever photographic medium is used, must have taken the original image.

Botany — includes images that portray uncultivated plant life such as trees, flowering and non-flowering plants, ferns, algae, fungi, etc. in their natural habitat. Photographs of domestic plants, artificially produced hybrid plants, flower arrangements etc are ineligible. Entrants are required to identify their botany images on the entry form for Botany award consideration: place a "B" on the right side of the entry number to indicate the image is a Botany entry. e.g. John Smith 1 B Yellow wildflower

— Themed competition: "Create motion in a still image"

February 1st, 2016

CAPA’s official description is:

Create a photograph that illustrates motion. The photograph must give the impression that motion is occurring or about to occur be it frozen or happening. Like a Skate boarder suspended in the air, a rodeo rider with his legs blurred but nothing else while riding a bull or bronco, windmills with their blades blurred while spinning, a golfer at the end of his backswing, pan shot of a bird in flight or just zooming in or out while taking a photograph at a long shutter speed.

The rules of Open apply, no filters, no presets, with the exception of Sharpen. For this competition, you are be allowed to use Motion Blur and Circular Blur as well as masked layers of the same photograph where you have applied theses two blurs, liquefy is allowed as a support to the blur if needed.

Example: you want to apply a motion blur to the background but not the subject, you can create a layer, apply the motion blur and then mask out the blurred subject or vice versa. If you apply a circular blur to wheels or a propeller, mask out the wheel or propeller that isn't turning so the blurred one shows through.


March 20th

All subject matter is allowed in “Open”. The photographer can make enhancements in the camera (zooms, pans, multiple exposures, blurs, cropping) as well as modifications and enhancements using editing software (HDR, focus-stacking, selective layering – using photographs of the same scene) to improve the overall presentation of the original captured image e.g., improved contrast/tonality, enhanced colour.


October 30th

CAPA's Fine Art Competition has a very broad theme of “Convey Your Message”.

"Scope of Competition:

Fine art has no universally agreed meaning or definition. However, a fine art image is about an idea, a message or an emotion which the entrant wants to convey to the viewer.

The type of photo is wide open. It can be an abstract, landscape, low light, macro, nature, portrait, still-life, street, wildlife, etc… image. Check out CAPA's website for examples of fine art by using the Next Screen button to locate the winning images from the 2015 Fine Art Competition – Individual or Club Competitions.

Editing Criteria -

Any type of editing is allowed – All in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques are permitted. This includes combining multiple images and elements in a final image. However, all components of the final image must have been taken by the Entrant."

Conditions Of Entry — Eligibility Criteria

— General

  • CAPA is family-oriented. Competition images must be suitable for viewing by any age group
  • All clubs who wish to submit images for competition must be a CAPA member in good standing with annual dues paid and up-to-date
  • Entries must originate as photographs (image captures of objects via light sensitive film or sensor) made by the entrant
  • By virtue of submitting an image, the Entrant agrees:
    • that the original images and digital manipulation (as permitted) must be their work and is the copyright holder of the image;
    • to permit CAPA to publish their images in the Canadian Camera magazine, or on the CAPA website or use their images at any time for CAPA exhibitions, publications, promotions and for educational purposes. Entry into any CAPA competition or exhibition implies acceptance of this practice.
    • that the image does not contain:
      • violate or infringe upon any Canadian law or regulation; and
      • any material that could be conceived as a Canadian criminal offence;
      • the Image has not previously won a CAPA medal, Merit Award or Honour Award;
  • CAPA has the right to examine the original image RAW files to determine the degree of post processing;
  • CAPA reserves the right to disqualify any image entry before, during or after judging;
  • CAPA also reserves the right to suspend a photographer from all future competitions;
  • CAPA or prize sponsors assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) is acceptable. For Nature images this process must make the image look natural.
  • Club Entries: 6 photographs (projected images or prints, depending on the competition) from six different club members may be entered into each competition.
  • Host Clubs can not enter the competition they are hosting unless all judges are external to the club.

— Instructions For Projected Images:

  1. Images must be sized to 1400 x 1050 @ 72 - 120 ppi, - 1400 pixels horizontal (landscape orientation) images and no more than 1050 pixels verticals (portrait orientation), Square images 1050 vertical side. High quality JPEG, in the sRGB colour space.
  2. Correct orientation for viewing -- images will be shown as submitted and will not be resized, rotated, or adjusted.
  3. NOTE: Winning Images will be published in the CAPA Magazine. Winning contestants will be required to supply their image at the following image sizes – 1400 x 1050 @ 300 ppi, immediately following notification of placement or upon request.