- Only active (Dues paid) members are eligible to enter competitions.
- All entries must be the entrant’s original work. “Assigned Subjects” and “Summer Shoot” must be pictures taken after May 31, 2018.
- For the “Assigned Subjects” the photographer can make enhancements in the camera (zooms, pans, multiple exposures, blurs, cropping) as well as modifications and enhancements using digital imaging software. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. This means no digital filters, multi-image or blurring using image editing programs. 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, 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. Techniques that dramatically change the presentation of the original captured image must be entered in the ‘Altered Reality’ Competition.
- CAPA entries have no restriction on date picture was taken.
Guidelines for Digital Photo Competitions
- Photos must be resized to no more than 1400 pixels on the long side for horizontal images and no more than 1050 pixels on the long side for verticals. Whether it’s a horizontal or a vertical the height can NEVER be more than 1050 pixels and the width can NEVER be more than 1400 pixels. It doesn’t matter if it’s less than 1400 or 1050 but it’s an advantage to have as large an image as possible as it fills more of the screen. Please make sure the colour profile is sRGB.
- Photoshop Elements – How to resize: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23FVr6lcOfgHow to set sRGB: http://www.dummies.com/photography/photo-software/adobe-photoshop-elements/choose-a-color-workspace-in-photoshop-elements-10/
- Photoshop – How to resize: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/resize-image.htmlHow to set sRGB: http://www.photoshopessentials.com/essentials/essential-photoshop-color-settings-photographers/
- Each image file name should show 1) your initials 2) competition category and 3) image title (in that order). Use a dash between your initials, competition category and image title. Like this RC-CCCA-Blue Daisy This means you have to rename the file (picture) itself, not just include the information in your email.
- The competition categories are:
CCCA – Chilliwack Camera Club Assigned Subject
CAPAO – CAPA Open
CAPAN – CAPA Nature
CAPAP – CAPA Portrait
CAPAT – CAPA Theme
CAPAFA – CAPA Fine Art
CAPAAR – CAPA Altered Reality
CAPAC – Canada My Country
CAPA4 – A Series of 4 Photos
CAPAM – CAPA Monochrome
FVI – Fraser Valley Invitational
As an example – If Roy Chaplin were to enter a photo called “Blue Daisy” for Chilliwack Camera Club Assigned Subject the file would be like this RC-CCCA-Blue Daisy.jpg
Summer shoot only needs your initials followed by the subject and title. For example my entry for “Wild” would be RC-Wild-Marmots.jpg
- All entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
All images should be submitted as high quality JPEG
For complete and up to date rules for each competition visit the CAPA website.
CAPA has removed the date picture was taken restriction. All pictures no matter how old are now eligible.
CAPA Open Competitions Guidelines
A variety of subject matter is accepted including 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.
CAPA Nature Competitions Guidelines
DEFINITION Of NATURE PHOTOGRAPH – 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 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 wellinformed 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. Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife.
DEFINITION Of WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – 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. The photographer, whatever photographic medium is used, must have taken the original image.
DEFINITION Of CAPA FINE ART – 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. Open Theme – can include: abstract, landscape, low light, macro, nature, portrait, still-life, street, wildlife, etc… Editing Criteria – Open Editing – 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.
Botany – includes images that portray uncultivated plant life such as trees, flowering and nonflowering plants, ferns, algae, fungi, etc. in their natural habitat. Photographs of domestic plants, artificially produced hybrid plants, flower arrangements etc… are ineligible.
Editing Criteria – Restricted Editing – According to the FIAP definition for Nature and Wildlife Competitions: 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.
CAPA Theme Competition Guidelines
The above definition for Open Competitions regarding image editing also relates to the Theme competition. Submit images as close to this theme subject as possible. Images which, do not illustrate the theme could be disqualified by the Host Club who will consult the Digital Theme Chair to make the final decision.
CAPA Altered Reality Competition Guidelines
Manipulate your own photographs using post-processing software to create surreal images — abstract, impressionistic and experimental effects using montages, collages, composites, or any other techniques. There is no limit to what you can do.