2023 Pacific Zone Open Competition

Submit by:  
1 Sept 2023  

This is an open theme “highlighting life in British Columbia and in the Yukon.” It is open to members of CAPA Clubs and Individual Members residing in British Columbia or the Yukon Territory.  Please note that VCC members entering the VCC competition must reside in British Columbia or the Yukon.  As an open theme – animals, birds, insects, landscape, nature, people and wildlife are permitted as well as creative composite images. “Life in B.C. and the Yukon” is very broad. The restrictions that generally come with “landscape”, “wildlife”, and other terms do not apply. At the same time, “life in B.C.” suggests a realistic approach, rather than fantasy. Open themes are often hard to apply: look to the previous winning photos to get an idea of what was successful.

New this year, in addition to scoring the images, one CAPA judge will provide a commentary on every image entered in the competition.

Open Editing

All different in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques can be used.  All elements contained in the submitted images including replacement skies, textures and added elements must have been taken by the submitting photographer. Elements contained in an image can be removed.  No digital frames or mats are permitted.

Images created totally electronically with no photographic origin, including renderings generated via text prompts, are prohibited.  Images must be captured in either British Columbia or the Yukon, by a light-sensitive device or surface and recorded on paper, film or in a digital format.  Post capture treatments using artificial intelligence and third party pre-sets may not add textures or elements not captured by the photographer.

Colour, black & white, monochrome and infrared images are permitted.


VCC members may submit two images as Club images. The Club may enter only 5 images from 5 different photographers.

The DEADLINE for submission of images to VCC in the Club category is September 1, 2023, midnight PDT.

Individual members of CAPA may enter this contest. Follow the link to the CAPA contest page.



VCC tied with North Shore Photographic Society at 151.0 points.  Judges broke the tie, awarding VCC an Honourable Mention Certificate and North Shore received the Bronze.  Four judges scored all photos this year, so a "perfect" score would have been 40 points.  (The highest scoring photo received 34.5 points.  Surrey won Gold at 153.5.)  Congratulations to Jerome Rozitis (32.0 points for "Creating Safe Passage for BC Mariners"), Jim Fowler (31.5 points for "Gale Warning"), Kathryn Delany (30.5 points for "The Bald Eagle and the Hake"), Ron Charles (28.5 points for "Spanish Banks Beach Serve"), and Christine Hutchins-Gallagher (28.5 points for Ma'ah's Fishing Tactics). See gallery to the right

A big congratulations to Victoria Camera Club members Kim Smith, Jerome Rozitis, Judy Johnston, Kathryn Delany, Jackye Mills and Steven Lustig:  VCC received the Bronze Medal in the Club portion of this competition.  A special congrats to Kim Smith, who also earned a 3rd Place Merit award for her photo "Perfect Form". See the gallery

  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. For example, a portrait image would have a vertical dimension of 1050 pixels, the maximum allowed for the vertical dimension.  A square image would be 1050 x 1050 pixels so as not to exceed the vertical maximum.

  4. sRGB colour space is recommended, with  a maximum file size of 1.8 MB

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

See CAPA Pacific Zone Competitions for More Information



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