CAPA Digital Nature Competition


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Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.

Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

Wildlife is further defined as: Living free and not under any direct control of human nor dependent upon humans for food. No traditional zoo, open-range zoos, game farms or other areas where animals/birds are enclosed or confined. Natural parks are considered natural environments because plants and animals are not considered in ‘controlled conditions.’

IMPORTANT: No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

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    1. Images should be in JPEG format, maximum 1400 pixels on the horizontal x 1050 on the vertical in size.
    2. Note: One of the dimensions must be exactly the maximum allowed size (either 1400 or 1050 pixels).

    3. sRGB colour space and have a maximum file size of 1.8 MB

    4. Maximum number of submissions per VCC member is two.
    5. Please preserve your image’s RAW formatted files, should CAPA request them.



VCC Results

  • 2020/21
    In 2020, the VCC won the Silver medal in the Club Competition and Steve Barber won the 3rd Merit Award (Nature). In the Individual Competition, Lois Burton won the Gold Medal as well as 2 Merit Awards (1st in Insects and 3rd in Wildlife) and Daniel Rondeau and Leah Gray won 1st and 3rd Honour Awards.  See gallery at right

Silver Medal 2020 Nature Wildlife

  • 2019/20
    The Victoria Camera Club placed 21st out of 43 camera clubs. Suzanne Huot’s image “Red-eyed Tree Frog” won the 1st Merit Award.  See the Gallery
  • 2018/19
    VCC finished out of the placings (21st out of 38). Evan Guengerich’s image “Sibling Rivalry” received a Merit #2. See the Gallery
  • 2017/18
    In 2017 the VCC came in 16th place out of 35 clubs in the CAPA Fall Digital Nature Competition. We felt that we had submitted a strong  entry, but obviously we were up against some impressive competition. See the Gallery
  • 2016/17:
    In 2016 Victoria Camera Club placed 9th, slightly better than in 2015. See the Gallery
  • 2015/16: 
    In 2015, Victoria Camera Club scored a total of 129 points which was good for 11th place. The winning club was the Toronto Camera Club with 143 points.  See the Gallery

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