The Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA) is a national organization of Canadian Camera clubs and individual members from Canada and around the world who have a common interest in photography. The clubs can be found across Canada, all eager to welcome new members. There are close to 100 member clubs and more than 1,000 individual CAPA members. Members range from amateurs to professionals, many recognized as being among the best photographers in Canada.
CAPA objectives are:
To promote the art and science of photography in all its forms throughout Canada and the world and to further public interest therein
To encourage and promote its members to participate in photographic exhibitions, circuits, competitions and like endeavours on regional, national and international levels
To promote the organization and encourage the affiliation of camera clubs, councils and similar groups
To promote international, national and regional exhibitions of photography
To compile and disseminate information relating to photography in all its forms for the use and benefit of the individual members and the Association’s affiliated or associated groups
Entering a CAPA competition gives you the chance to:
Increase confidence in your photographic skills, abilities and artistic style by trying new ideas and techniques
Determine what changes or enhancements you need to be competitive
Receive an assessment of your image from a panel of independent judges by way of a collective score
Increase your exposure as a photographer
Judging of images is subjective and rarely do all judges award the same scores for an image. However, judges agree that the top 20% of submitted images contain the elements of a competitive image. So photographers should try to place in the top 20% of a competition instead of just focusing on winning a CAPA award.
When an image doesn’t place in the top 20% it’s a chance to analyze your image to identify what elements or techniques could be enhanced. Compare your image with the winning images.
Most competitions are open to both CAPA individual members and to members of the almost 100 camera clubs in CAPA.