North Shore Challenge

Submit images to VCC no later than:
January 15th, 2023


North Shore

Lions Gate

Eastwood vs VCC


The North Shore Photographic Society hosts this competition every year. This year will be their 38th year.

This competition is open to clubs and individuals in B.C. and the Yukon. The sponsoring Club hires judges from outside of the eligible jurisdictions. The winning images are presented in a public (recently via zoom) show to announce the winners, and are then displayed on their website.

VCC came 13th last year of the 29 clubs from B.C. and the Yukon. The CAPA system of scoring is used: 3 judges (who are not members of the North Shore Photographic Society) each give a score of up to 10 points, for a possible combined score of 30.

Clubs may enter 6 images. Individuals can enter themselves as individuals, but must enter different images from those they enter through their club. Individuals must enter a preliminary round (through the North Shore Photographic Society web site) prior to the Challenge. 120 images from the preliminary round will be selected to be entered along with the Club entries in the Challenge.

Two sets of individual image medals will be awarded: one set for Club entries and one set for individual entries. There are also medals for Club entries as a group.

Submit images to VCC no later than January 15th, 2023.


It is an open competition, with all subjects eligible and digital manipulation allowed. The only restriction is that images not suitable for family viewing may be disallowed by the host club. With any completely open competition, the judges chosen will not necessarily have expertise in every genre, so keep in mind two basic parameters: the strong suit of photography is the ability to render technically perfect detail; and, you want a photo to stand out in a crowd, which means it needs the “wow” factor to be noticed.


As an “open” competition, in-camera and post-capture manipulation is allowed. As a CAPA sanctioned event, the general CAPA rules requiring all photographic material being original photographic work of the photographer would apply.

North Shore Photographic Society won the Club prize last year. Their six photos covered a wide gamut of subjects and styles from nature/wildlife (owl flying in snow, fox portrait, ladybug in tree buds, and great blue heron on a log) to portrait ( lady with provisions balanced on top of her head) to cityscape (moon rising over Vancouver highrises and docks all under the Lions Gate Bridge).




  1. Images submitted should be in JPEG format, maximum 1400 on the horizontal by 1050 pixels on the vertical.

  2. There are no restrictions on file size or resolution.

  3. Maximum number of submissions per member is two.


VCC Results for Previous Competitions

  • 2021/22
    Victoria Camera Club placed 12th this year (out of 29 participating clubs), and tied with the Whitehorse Photography Club. Congratulations to the North Shore Photographic Society who not only hosted, but also WON the North Shore Challenge for 2022. This years Selected images may be viewed in the Gallery to the right
  • 2020/21

      WE WON GOLD!!

North Shore Challenge Trophy

Victoria Camera Club brings home the Gold! See gallery

  • 2019/20
    This year the Victoria Camera Clubs entry tied for a respectable 5th place out of 25 clubs. The high point of our entry was the award of the Best in Show image (best of all images entered), that went to Lois Burton for her image Summer Hummer. She also receives a CAPA gold medal for the highest scoring image submitted by a club. See gallery at right. Watch the Results Video
  • 2018/19
    This year we place 3rd in the 2019 competition with a Bronze Medal, only one point behind second place.  Evan Guengerich won a bronze medal for "Sibling Rivalry", Kim smith had an honourable Mention for "The Flute Player" and Leah Gray had an honourable mention for "Wild Dance". See the gallery

      2019 North Shore Photographic Challenge - Third - Club Entry

  • 2017/18 
    In 2018 the Victoria camera Club finished in a tie for 4th place. Three of our six entries were awarded Honourable Mentions. They were "Back-Off" by Leah Gray, "Snow Shadows" by Hilary Goeller and "Buzz Off" by Margarita Huang. See the gallery
  •  2015/16
    The Victoria Camera Club has often performed very well in this competition; in 2016 our club placed third, just two points behind the first place club 
    See the gallery
  • 2014/15
    In 2015 we placed first!

    - to see a full image size slideshow, hover cursor over an image then click on the "Expand" icon on the right of the filmstrip -

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