CAPA Competitions

NOTE: Please refer to the “Competitions Guidelines Tab” prior to entering a CAPA competition.

All VCC  CAPA “Club” competition must be submitted to the VCC CAPA representative by the Vernon Camera Club deadline date for that specific competition . Please send your club entries for all competitions to your Vernon Camera Club CAPA representative, Jack Carriou, at


Black & White                          January 14, 2018

Creative Altered Reality         February 11, 2018

Audio Visual Presentation      March 11, 2018

Open                                        March 11, 2018

Close-up                                   April 15, 2018

Please note that additional CAPA competitions may be added during the year and will be posted on this page

Each competition has specific instructions, scope and editing criteria.

A two month reminder will be sent to Club members of upcoming CAPA competitions and the “Vernon Deadline Date” for submitting entries.

For further information or assistance with the CAPA competitions contact Jack at

Black and White Competition – Deadline: January 14, 2018

Please send your entries to your VCC-CAPA representative, Jack Carriou at

If you require further information or assistance contact Jack at

Scope of Black & White CAPA Competition:

Black and White photography is where the image produced has a single hue rather than recording the colours. This includes all forms of black and white photography which contains tones of grey ranging from pure black to pure white.

PLEASE NOTE: For this competition, there will be no tinting or toning of the image.


Open Theme: Image can be: abstract, landscape, low light, macro, nature, portrait, still-life, wildlife, street scene, etc…

Editing Criteria: Open Editing: All in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques are permitted.  However, all components of the images must have been created or captured by the entrant.

  • Submitted image MUST NOT contain any watermarks.
  • Single digital mat is permitted but is not required. Colour selection of the mat is left up to the Entrant.

Image Specifications: JPG file format with the following conditions:

  • Dimensions (important): Maximum horizontal size: 1400 pixels and Maximum vertical size: 1050 pixels
  • Note: One of the dimensions must be exactly the maximum allowed size and neither dimension may exceed the maximum pixels for that dimension.
  • Maximum file size: 1.8 MB – The online system will check for the above parameters. If they are not met, your image submission will not be accepted. (Jack will verify each entry ahead of time.)

Colour Space: Should be sRGB - but not an absolute requirement.

File naming Convention: Jack will do the appropriate naming convention of all entries for the competition.

Judging Criteria: 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.

Eligibility Criteria – Prior to submitting any photo in a CAPA competition, all entrants must first read the CAPA Eligibility Criteria relating to images submissions at

All entries received will be reviewed and ranked by the club selection group. CAPA club competitions only allows each club to enter 6 images from six different club members.

For further information or assistance contact Jack at

Audio Visual Presentation - CAPA Competition – Deadline: March 11, 2018

Please send your entry to your CAPA representative, Jack Carriou: 

Scope of Competition:

The audio visual (AV) competition submissions can consist of a multimedia presentation composed of photography, video, animation, music and commentary or a combination thereof.

The emphasis of the presentation will be the blending of these components into a cohesive storyline. The transition between the images should flow harmoniously with the appropriate colour or tone complementing the selected theme and images.

Photo Essay Theme: Can be any subject but the presentation must follow a theme such as a memorable event, recent trip or holiday, interviewing an interesting individual or highlighting a topic of interest.

Editing Criteria - 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 presentation. However, all components of the presentation must have been created or captured by the Entrant with the exception of the music.

Judging Criteria:Judges will review and assign a total score out of a maximum of 100 points based on the following categories and associated maximum points:

  1. Photography/time lapse/video (artistry, quality of images, appropriateness of image theme) – 40 points;
  2. General Interest (impact & maintenance of interest, clarity of intent or concept and overall planning of story) – 30 points; and
  3. Presentation/Production (sequencing, pacing and flow of images & ideas, development of theme, sound/music compatibility to theme) – 30 points.

NOTE: AV presentation MUST contain three elements:

  1. Title page (title of presentation but no mention of the entrant’s name);
  2. Multiple slides and text if required; and
  3. A black blank 3 to 4 second slide at the beginning of the presentation and one at the end of the show. (This will allow the Competition Committee presenter to cue the show without it starting before everyone is ready).

AV presentation submission:

  1. Must NOT exceed 7 minutes;
  2. Filename must be named as – PHOTOGRAPHER-NAME OF PRESENTATION;
  3. File must be saved as a MP4 or MPEG-4 formatted file;
  4. Can contain video and/or timelapse but must NOT exceed 20% of the total runtime of the presentation; and
  5. Must include a separate “Audio Visual competition entry form” to be completed by your CAPA club representative

By entering this competition, you agree to comply with the following conditions:

  1. the submitted audio visual presentation is your original work and you possess the copyright;
  2. CAPA and/or prize sponsors assumes no liability for any misuse of a copyright;
  3. the audio visual presentation does not violate or infringe upon any Canadian law or regulation nor any material that could be conceived as a Canadian criminal offence;
  4. CAPA is permitted to use the audio visual presentation at any time for educational purposes;
  5. CAPA reserves the right to request the original image metadata (EXIF) to confirm that editing limitations have been met and/or confirm specified devices outlined in a competition description. Failure to provide the image metadata within a prescribed timeframe will result in the image being disqualified from the competition;
  6. the submitted audio visual presentation has not previously been recognized as receiving a CAPA award such as: a CAPA medal, Certificate of Merit, Merit Award Ribbon, Honourable Award Certificate or Honour Award Ribbon;
  7. CAPA reserves the right to deem a competition submission as ‘unsuitable’ because it does not meet the specifications of a competition and thus will not be presented on the ‘day-of-judging;’ and
  8. CAPA reserves the right, on a decision made by the CAPA Board of Directors, to suspend a photographer for a set period of time.

A wide range of AV applications are available to create an AV presentation:

Microsoft PowerPoint (Mac & Windows computers); Photoshop CS6 and above (Mac & Windows computers); Photoshop Elements (Mac & Windows computers); Photoshop Lightroom (Mac & Windows computers); ProShow Gold 9 from Photodex (only Windows computers); ProShow Design from Photodex (only Windows computers); Fotomagico (only Mac computers); Vegas Pro (Mac & Windows computers); Picture-To-Exe (only Windows computers); Final Cut Pro (only Mac computers).

Eligibility Criteria: Prior to submitting any photo, all entrants must first read the CAPA Eligibility Criteria relating to images submissions:

All club AV entries received will be reviewed.

For this AV competition, a camera club can only submit 2 AV submissions

For assistance or more information contact Jack at