CAPA September 2023 Monthly News

Published: September 13, 2023


CAPA Monthly News

Welcome to fall and the September 2023 Issue of CAPA Monthly News. This newsletter for members and friends of CAPA will bring you up to date information on all things CAPA for photographers all across Canada.

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Photo: Emerald Eyes by Eric Bartlett

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Back by popular demand, the CAPA Speakers Series is a benefit of individual membership. AllCAPA individual membersare invited to attend this free online presentation.

Our next speaker is Judy Hancock Holland at 4:00 pm Pacific Time on October 18. Her topic will be 'Getting to Wow'.
Join award winning photographer Judy Hancock Holland to learn 7 things you can do to take your work from ordinary to Wow. No matter your level of expertise or your genre, these steps will help you make images that are uniquely yours and stand out from the crowd.

Read more about Judyand view a few of heraward-winning images here.

Don't wait to get the Zoom link at the last minute. Go to theCAPA Website, log in, go to Members > Zoom Invitation, copy the link andhave it handy in time for the meeting.


CAPA is a volunteer driven organization. All board members, district representatives, committee members and other volunteers give selflessly of their time, expertise and passion to make a tangible difference in Canadian photography. Without volunteers, our organization would not be able to achieve its goals and fulfill its purpose. We are deeply grateful for the invaluable support and unwavering dedication of our volunteers.

Welcome new board members!The following new board members were elected at the June 2023 AGM: And one more new board member: Stella d'Entremont, President of CAPA, is pleased to announce the appointment ofDavid Boutinas Director, Quebec Zone.

Get to know all your board members for 2023-24 on this page.

Thanks for your service. We said a fond farewell to board membersRod Trider and Jonathan Wardwith much appreciation for all the hard work, time and energy they gave to CAPA.

New District Representatives

District Representatives play a key role in CAPA. They are the main contact for clubs and CAPA members in their area, providing information, support, encouragement and resources to help clubs and membership thrive.
  • David Boutin, DirectorQuebec Zone, is pleased to announce the appointment ofYves Beriaultas District Representative, Montreal.
  • Lynda Miller, Director,Pacific Zone, is pleased to announce the appointment ofThomas Keigheras District Representative, Lower Mainland (shared)
  • Canadian Photography Magazine features a CAPA volunteer in each issue. This issue, our volunteer is Francine Raymond, District Representative, Monteregie in theQuebec Zone, featured on page 10 of the magazine.
Photo: Autumn Lady by Leah Gray


Congratulations to the all thewinners of the 2023 Annual Challenge.A total of 309 images were submitted by 99 CAPA members.This newsletter features some of the winning images from that competition. Thanks to our volunteer judges:Brian Mohr,Jonathan SauandSheena Wilkie.

Photo: Shonett, 20 years service as Respiratory Therapist by Ellen Tramley Seymour
  • Gold: Ellen Tramley, Fredericton, NB & Eric Bartlett, St. John's, NL
  • Silver: Leah Gray, Sidney, BC & Andrew Wright, Kitchener, ON
  • Bronze: Isobel Lamarche, Kamloops, BC & Ann Alimi, Toronto, ON
The 2023Four Nations Competitionresults are in. Congratulations to the Australian Photographic Society on their win this year. Viewcompetition results and the winning images here.

Upcoming competitions: Read the latestcompetition updatehere.


The International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) is an international organization of national associations of photography. There is only one representative member in FIAP from each country. CAPA is Canada's sole Canadian member of FIAP.

As a member of FIAP, our CAPA members have special access to famous photographer presentations and educational presentations offered online by the FIAP Photo Academy. To access a wealth of past presentations, go to the CAPA website, log in and find the link to FIAP Photo Academy under Members. Information on future presentations will be provided as details become available.

Don't miss these inspiring articles by CAPA members in the Fall Issue ofCanadian Photography Magazine:
  • Photographing Doors byJannik Plaetner
  • The advocacy of documentary photography byJohn Simpson
  • AI in photography ... the good, the bad and the ugly byRick Hulbert
  • Photography Image vs. AI Text Generated Image bySheldon Boles
This month, we recognize long time membersFreeman Pattersonof Long Beach, NB who first joined CAPA in 1968;Jack Normandaleof Toronto, ON who first joined CAPA in 1969; andArt & Betty Mercerof Huntsville, ON who first joined CAPA in 1978.Thank you for your loyalty and many years of membership in CAPA.

Photo: Myrriah Xochitl by Andrew Wright


Elevating Art in Photography

CAPA's biennial conference will be held at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus. Exciting and inspiring presentations and field trips will be led by renowned photographers, sharing their expertise, insights and photography.

We believe education is key to improving our photography.
  • Imaginea photography conference in the heart of the Okanagan Valley.
  • Immerseyourself in a conference that celebratesthe art of photography amidst this stunning landscape.
  • Expandyour photographic knowledge through conference presentations, hands on break-out sessions and field trips.
Watch this space for new details each month.

Join us June 25-27, 2024 in Kelowna, BC

We acknowledge with heartfelt sadness the tragedy of the fires in BC and across Canada this past summer. Our thoughts are with all those that were affected.


CAPA provides nation-wide courses teaching the fundamentals of judging, so that those who enter our competitions can be assured of consistent and well informed evaluation and commentary of their work.Watch this space for upcoming fall courses.

Photo: The Snake King by Ann Alimi

Is your club interested in hosting a Judging Course?Your members get a $50 discount to attend.Click here to read more about what's involved. Or better yet, email theDirector of Education Dan Sigouinabout hosting the course in your community.


IMPORTANT: It's that time of year when there is turnover in club leadership. Club representatives, please log in to your account and update your information. Orsend it to the CAPA Office.

This month we recognize three more CAPA clubs: the West Vancouver Seniors Photo Club, West Vancouver, BC first joined CAPA in 2003;Caroun Photo Club, North Vancouver, BC andTrillium Photographic Club, Hamilton, ON, both first joined CAPA in 2008. Thanks for your loyalty and continuing membership in CAPA .

Photo: Vintage Girl by Lorna Scott

Got a club-related question, event to promote or idea to share? Join theCAPA Clubs Facebook Group.


Membership in CAPA comes with many benefits. Here are just a few: These are just a few of themany benefits you receive when you join CAPA.Joining CAPA is the best investment in your photography you can make.Become a member nowfor a full year filled with learning, competitions, fellowship, new friends and fun - that's what we are all about.

Photo: Skipper's Light by David Brophy


New faces, new names: You will notice the name of our magazine has changed and is now Canadian Photography Magazine. It is important the CAPA remains relevant in the exciting landscape of today's photography. The focus of CAPA is photographic art and the name now reflects that.

By now, you will have received the Fall issue ofCanadian Photography Magazinewith the new name and the same high quality content you have come to expect.

We are pleased toannounceTerry Tinkessas the new editor-in-chief of Canadian Photography Magazine. Many thanks and kudos go to outgoing editor-in-chief Ralph Bridgland, who has steered the magazine for the past five years.

Photo: Guard Dog by Isobel Lamarche

Do you have a photo project or special camera technique you'd like to talk about and share your images? We'd love to hear from you. We are especially urging those with expertise in all genres of photography to share their knowledge with our readers. Such how-to articles need not be lengthy and can be accompanied by photos that help illustrate the procedures. Members appreciate seeing your images and learning from fellow CAPA members. Articles can be in English or French.

Send in your ideas and articles toeditor-in-chief Terry Tinkess.

Content deadlines:
  • Winter Issue: October 10
  • Spring Issue: January 10
Online Access: CAPA Club representatives, please log in to your club's account, go to the members section, download the PDF version of the magazine and send it your club members.
At the Fishing Hole by Bea Binka
The Mantracker by Tracey Halladay
Here we feature upcoming CAPA events, CAPA club events where guests are invited, (some at no charge) and other events of interest to our photographic community.

Zone News & Education OpportunitiesFrom Across Canada

Education Opportunity: Some clubs are continue to offer opportunities for guests to attend online speaker events, for a nominal fee or at no cost. This is an incredible educational opportunity for CAPA members everywhere to learn and grow, no matter where you live. Jump in and enjoy the chance to learn from some of the best presenters and educators across Canada.

Photo: Kiren by Grant Dale

Atlantic Zone
  • Celebrating its 76th year as a club, thePhotographic Guild of Nova Scotiais please to extend an invitation to join us for our Fred & Edie Greene Speaker series. There is no charge to attend the speaker series, but donations to support the speaker series are gratefully accepted. See above Upcoming Events andthis page for links and details ontheir presentations.
  • On May 27, members of the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia celebrated the club’s 75th year by retracing the route of the club’s first field trip through the Annapolis Valley.Read more and view photos from that outing here.
  • TheFocus Camera Clubis excited to be celebrating its 55th anniversary this year. Theyare in the process of planning wonderful events throughout the year to commemorate this achievement. Theyare looking forward to engaging their members with activities that will promote learning, sharing and camaraderie.

Ontario Zone Pacific Zone Prairie Zone
  • Upcoming free event September 13 (tomorrow!) for the Central Alberta Photographic Society.Email Bill Kossmannto request the Zoom link for the meeting.Read more news about the club here.
  • The CAPA Prairie Zone welcomed theCAPA Board of Directorsto Calgary for their Annual General Meeting in early June. Following two successful days of meetings, the team toured around some of the loacl attractions, including Studio Bell, Elbow Falls and beyond!
  • The CAPA Prairie Zone joined The Camera Store and Tamron for a Riverside Photowalk in late June. Calgary photographers had the opportunity to test Tamron lenses and ask Tamropn's Technical Team how to combine Tamron lenses with their mirrorless or DSLR camera to achieve the photos of their dreams!
  • Also in August, the CAPA Prairie Zone invited photographers in Calgary and the surrounding area to join in an evening of low light photography at Global Fest! Photographers of all skillsets were invited to try their hand at fireworks photography.CAPA's Education Director, Dan Sigouin, was available to coach photographers who were new to low light photography.
  • The CAPA Prairie Zone had a great portrait shoot at the Bowden Sunmaze in August. Members fromFoothills Camera Club,Calgary Camera Club,Focus Camera ClubandCentral Alberta Photographic Societyparticipated and enjoyed shooting portraits with a model in fields of sunflowers.
  • The CAPA Prairie Zone, together with The Camera Store and Canon, enjoyed a Prairie Zone Sales Event - complete with prizes, great deals and a wonderful speaker.Chris Ratzlaffshared hiw awe-inspiring experiences, expert insights and crucial safety considerations for storm chasing photography. This event was available both on-line and in-person to all CAPA members.
Quebec Zone

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