CAPA Atlantic Zone Competition 2023

                                    March 30th, 2023.

Please see the  Schedule for when the competitions are held.

The club's competition guidelines can be found here.

The top-scored images from each competition will be posted on the website. The season’s winners will be awarded for the total scores of all competitions.

For the 2023 Atlantic Zone competition, we will continue the same pilot project as last year.

Goal – To examine the possibilities of creating a zone competition that encourages more participation at the camera club level

Parameters of this pilot test:

1 – Competition is open to only CAPA members living in the Atlantic region and for members of a CAPA camera club.

2 – Two categories for this competition – Club, and Individual which are similar to what is offered in most CAPA competitions.

3 – For the Club category, each camera club is permitted to submit a maximum of 18 top images but all images must be from different photographers.

4 – For the Individual category, a CAPA member can enter only 2 images. A CAPA member’s image may be selected for a Club submission. Therefore, the CAPA member would only be permitted to enter one image in the Individual category.

5 – CAPA members and Atlantic CAPA clubs will upload their images using the CAPA online competition system.

6 – Each image entered into this competition will receive a constructive comment from one of the judging panel members.

7 – The competition closes on March 30, 2023, at midnight Atlantic Standard Time.

8 – For the Club and Individual categories, a CAPA medal will be awarded for the three highest-scoring images and an Honourable Mention e-certificate for the top 8% to 10% of entrants.

The theme for this competition is Open. Therefore, the selection of the image is left entirely up to the photographer. Photographers are encouraged to have the opportunity to submit their best images that had not previously received a CAPA Award.

This pilot project will provide us with an indication of how this type of zone competition can be enhanced and possibly expanded to other CAPA Zones.

       2022-23 Competitions 

      1- October 25, Portrait Photography. 

   For this competition, a portrait is the likeness of a person or a small group of individuals, in which the face(s) and expressions are predominant.
The objective is to display the person's likeness, personality, and mood of the person(s). The focus of a portrait is the person’s face – although the entire body and the background may be included.   

Photographers are free to use ambient, flash, and/or strobe lighting as they may be required.

    Portraits of fictional/imaginary individual(s) are not acceptable. However, self-portraitures are permitted.

    The submitted portrait can be either color or monochrome.
    Studio Setting – portrait is when a subject(s) are posed and an image is captured in a studio where background and lighting are configured to set a mood that best compliments the subject and tells a story.
    Environmental Setting – portrait (e.g. blacksmith, firefighters at the station, chef in the kitchen, paramedic with ambulance, etc…). Portraits can be taken indoors or outdoors with or without artificial lighting.

     For the Environmental Setting theme, the image can be staged or candid and should tell a story. The face(s) and expressions of the subjects must be predominant.

              2- November 22, Artistic                                              (CAPA January 30th)

For this competition, artistic photography is created by the creative vision of the artist as a photographer, using photography as a medium to bring something to life that arises from the artist’s mind.
The image should go beyond the ‘literal representation’ of a scene or subject. A simple conversion of a color image to monochrome would not necessarily result in an artistic image.
The photographer will use subjects, elements, and techniques as a vehicle in the process of conveying their feelings and vision to reveal an original, creative, and individual expression.
Abstract – does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of tangible objects or people, where color and form make up the subject of the images. Examples include – double exposure blurred images, intentional camera movement, distorted images, lines & shapes, panned images, and smoke/fire-created images.

Altered Reality – using photographic 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.

A creative – image is one that was specifically created using props or amplification of elements not normally viewed by the human eye such as dramatically lit subjects (portraits, still life, or landscape), long exposures, water & oil, and high-speed water drops. It also includes light painting and low-key images created in-camera or post-processing.

Smartphone/tablet – image(s) captured on a smartphone/tablet and have significant ‘artistic’ changes to the image using one or more mobile device applications or other post-processing applications. The external lens attached to a smartphone or tablet is permitted.

          3- January 23, Pet Photography

  Pet Photography has become a very popular niche for professional photographers, a pet photographer has many skills that go beyond just taking the photograph. Pet photography can be done in a studio or on location, with flash or natural light. submit your most creative photos of your pet or someone else's pet. The photograph can be a portrait of an environmental portrait (action). The focus of the image must be the pet or pets. 

  Pets are typically domesticated animals, and they range from cats, dogs, hamsters, rabbits, mice, snakes, and fish as the photographer you have the choice and the use of your creative mind. The animal must be real. 

     4- February 28, Fall/Winter Photography                       (CAPA submission March 1st)

Images submitted in this competition must follow the following guidelines :

1. The Cold – image reflects the low temperatures. For example (but not limited to): animals and birds in the cold; cold weather sports or other human activities, including winter portraits; outdoor winter scenes (including Christmas or other winter religious celebrations); rural or urban landscape, astrophotography, seascapes, cityscapes; close-ups of snowflakes, ice bubbles, etc; winter leaves of plants, trees, etc.; frozen elements such as frozen ponds or icebergs; cold weather phenomenon such as the northern lights; winter transportation such as sleds, snowmobiles, etc.

2. Man-made Structures/Objects– images of any man-made object, buildings, transportation (air, land, sea, or space), still-life, rural and city landscapes. Images may contain the hand of man.

3. Culinary – an image that relates to the preparation, cooking, presentation, serving, and/or consumption of food. Locations could include (but are not limited to) restaurants, street markets, picnics, kitchens, banquets, weddings, homes, and food Images could be of the food itself, the persons creating the food, the utensils used, and /or the persons enjoying the food.

4. Active Seniors – According to American feminist Betty Friedan “aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” For this Theme, we are seeking images that express the experience and benefits of an aging-friendly community. All images should focus on seniors from all walks of life and lifestyles. Some suggestions: portraits of seniors; celebrations with family; seniors and their pets; senior artists and artisans and crafts-persons; celebrations and/or sports.

5. Nature/Wildlife – image(s) of subjects such as amphibians, insects, marine life, reptiles, wild or domesticated animals or birds, etc. This category also includes botanical, insect, and subjects. Domesticated animals and birds are permitted in this theme. Hand-of-man is permitted.

      5- March 28, Automotive Photography

  Successful car photography depends on capturing the unique personality of each vehicle, and there are several techniques that you can use to achieve this. Use them to capture car photos that go beyond simple snapshots and become something more artistic, inspiring, and engaging.

Setting the Scene
Photograph your car in scenery that reflects its "personality". For example, if you're photographing a street racer it will look more at home in an urban setting than it would in a grassy field or perched on top of a dune.

Show Off Small Details
While photographing the entire car can produce some excellent shots, it is often the small details that make a car interesting and unique.

Be creative,
Creating composite is allowed as long as the photographer has taken all the images.

Showcase the interior
Use the details of the interior to showcase the beauty of its designs focusing on small areas of the dash/ instruments/ seats etc…

       6- April 25, Commercial Photograph

   In Commercial photography, you will be taking photographs of products or individuals that will be used to sell a product or service. This varies greatly on what qualifies as a commercial photograph:

    Product- this could be any still product with the purpose to create an image that will entice the viewers to purchase the product.

    Fashion:-the possible use of a model showcasing clothing, shoes, and handbags.

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