CAPA Digital Fall Monochrome Competition

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15 Oct 2022

CAPA has adopted the FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique) definition:

A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey.

A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category.

A black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) and stands in the colour category.

A monochrome work can therefore consist of a black and white image with a range of white through grays to black, or it can be toned with a single colour throughout the range, but you cannot selectively add even one hue in limited parts of the image, because that would make it a mostly monochrome image with colour features.

There are five themes for the Monochrome images:

  • Person(s) - traditional or casual portraits, can include environment or workspace.
  • Architecture - human construction taken from inside or outside in both rural and urban settings.
  • Still Life - a work of art with inanimate natural or human-made objects arranged in an artificial setting.
  • Landscape - images of subjects such as weather phenomena, geological formations, landscapes, seascapes, natural phenomena and astronomical objects and events.
  • Nature/Wildlife - in addition to the themes from “Nature”, domesticated animals and birds are permitted.

“Hand-of-man” is permitted in all theme categories.


Open editing is allowed: all in-camera, on-camera and post-capture techniques, including removing elements, cloning, double exposure, stacking, HDR, and ICM. As always, the photographer must have taken all the images used. All adjustments must appear natural. Digital frames, pin-lines, borders and mats are not permitted.


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 October 15, 2022, midnight PDT.

Individual CAPA members may enter a maximum of 3 images, in one or more themes. The CAPA deadline for individual submissions is November 15 at midnight, EST.

  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.

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VCC Results

  • 2022/23
    In the Fall CAPA Monochrome competition, the Victoria Camera Club at 142.0 points was just a point shy of the “Honours” position which was won by Lions Gate at 143.0.  Robert Benn won 3rd Merit in the “persons” category for his “Calm over Chaos” photo at 25.5 points.
    Daniel Rondeau won an Honour Award in the individual portion of the contest for his three photos,  In the Medieval Quarters, Asinelli Staircase, and Portico Shade, and Bill Cubitt, entering through the Foothills Camera Club, helped them win first place (Club) with his The Intense Cape Buffalo photo for which he received a First Merit Award. Click HERE to see their photos.

    The six photos selected for our Club entry were:
    Craigdarroch by Steve Sproston
    In the Maze by Steve Barber
    Twisted Tree in Ground Fog by Daniel Rondeau
    Calm Over Chaos by Robert Benn
    Himba Chief by Steve Lustig and
    His Hands by Kim Smith

    See the gallery to the right

  • 2021/22
    The Club did not compete this year.

  • 2020/21
    In the CAPA Monochrome competition, Victoria Camera Club tied for 12th place among 56 clubs. Leah Gray won the first Merit Award in the Animal section. See the gallery.
  • 2019/20
    This year the club tied for 18th place out of 52 clubs. See the gallery
  • 2018/19
  • 2017/18: 
    In 2018, this competition was restricted to black and white images, whereas in 2019 it will be changed to Monochrome as defined above. The VCC won a fourth place Honourable Mention in 2018. see the gallery

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