CAPA Digital Nature Competition

 

 
Submit by:
15 Sept 2022
Definition 

There are five themes within this category.

Botanical - Only wild plants in their natural environment are allowed.  Hybrids and cultivated plants are not permitted.  Wild plants grown in a botanical garden are allowed. 

Insects, reptiles and amphibians.

Landscape - including weather phenomena, geological formations, landscapes, seascapes, planets, stars and astrological events.

Nature - including living birds, animals and marine subjects, under the care and feeding of humans provided the human element is not obvious.  No feral or domesticated birds or animals are permitted. 

Wildlife -  only living and untamed mammals, birds and marine subjects.  Animals in nature parks are allowed, as are scientific bands, tags and radio collars, but no tethers or harness attachments.

“Hand-of-man” is allowed in the “Botanical” and “Insects, reptiles and amphibian” themes, but only where it is an integral part of the nature story, and even then it must be less than 10% of the total area. Note that “hand-of-man” includes jet trails, cables, artificial light, man-made paths, food, cut trees, and systemically planted plants. 

Hand-of-man is permitted in the “Nature” theme provided it is an element of an “adaptive environment”.  An “adaptive environment” is where the animal, bird or marine subject uses a human-created structure for nesting or feeding their young or attracting a mate, consuming a cultivated plant or flower, and using a human-created structure for another purpose, such as consuming their prey or food on a fence post or sawn log.  

No hand-of-man (except scientific bands, tags and collars) is permitted in the Wildlife or Landscape themes.

Editing

No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements ( except by cropping) are allowed.  Enhancing techniques such as HDR, long exposure, focus stacking and dodging/burning are allowed, provided they do not change the nature of the story or alter the content of the original scene.  

Removal of elements added by a camera, such as dust spots, digital noise and film scratches, are permitted.  Infrared images are not allowed, nor are stitched images or borders or digital frames.

You must preserve your original RAW or JPEG file.  You may be required to produce your original file.  Make edits on a copy.  A DNG and a PSD file are not recognized as an original file. The only exception will be for images captured on specific cameras: Apple iphone, Lecia, Nokia smartphone, Ricoh, Casio, LG, Panoscan, zsamsun, DxO, MegaVision Pentax and Sinar.

Submissions

VCC members may enter two images as Club images.  The Club may enter only 6 images from 6 different photographers.  The Club must enter images in at least two different themes to be eligible for medals. 

The DEADLINE for submission of images to VCC in the Club category is September 15, 2022, midnight PDT. 

Individual CAPA members may enter a maximum of 3 images.  They too must enter into at least 2 themes to be eligible for overall CAPA medals. The CAPA deadline for individual submissions is October 15 at midnight, EST.

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Specifications
  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

  • 2022/23
  • After a one year absence, VCC has entered the Digital Nature Competition with 6 entries from Club photographers. See gallery at right.

  • 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 the gallery

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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