For the purposes of this competition, a portrait will primarily contain the likeness of a person (s) in whom the facial expression is predominant but may be extended to include the whole body and a background. The object of the portrait is to capture the personality and mood of the person as a focal point or element of a moment in time. The image can be posed, candid or environmental. Street photography is considered environmental.
As a rule, photographs taken in a public place do not require an authorization of the model. However, you may want to consider using a model release authorization to establish a clear expectation of how the photograph will be used and provide proof that the publication requirements have been accepted by both parties. An authorization should be considered when photographing a person under the age of 19 where the parent or guardian signs the authorization.
View examples of winning CAPA portrait images.
All in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques can be used. 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.
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- Images should be in JPEG format, maximum 1400 pixels on the horizontal x 1050 on the vertical in size,
- Note: One of the dimensions must be exactly the maximum allowed size (either 1400 or 1050 pixels).
- sRGB colour space and have a maximum file size of 1.8 MB
- Maximum number of submissions per VCC member is two
The CAPA Digital Portrait Competition will open for submissions on August 1st, 2018 and will close on March 14th, 2019.
In 2018, the CAPA Portrait Competition was not held.
In 2017 the VCC came in tenth place (see gallery at right)
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