2024 Artistic Competition

Submit by:  
30 December 2023 


By “artistic” CAPA is looking for photos that bring to life a vision created in the artist’s mind. They are not a realistic portrayal of normally-viewed scenes from life, but could be an unusual vision of something normal, or may have an appearance of realism even though they portray something quite fanciful, or they might be totally abstract so that they portray not a “thing” but a feeling or even a composition of shape, colour and/or line.

If you have any doubts, go to the CAPA website and look at the images from the past two years in this category, or we can ask the director of competitions at CAPA, but only well in advance of the deadlines.

Like “Monochrome” and “Nature”, CAPA has attempted to avoid the pitfalls of judging wildly dissimilar genres like “abstract” photos against “altered reality” (for example) by creating  “themes” under which you must enter your work in this contest. In entering a photo one must select one of: “Abstract”, “Altered Reality”, or “Creative”. 

The three themes are defined by CAPA for this competition as follows:

Abstract:  an expression of ideas or emotions using photographed image elements without the intention of creating a traditional or realistic image.  It must retain the viewer's attention, draw them in, and generate an emotional response.  Some examples of "abstract" are:  distorted or transformed images, multiple exposures, blurred images, intentional camera movement or composites of images. 

Altered Reality: an image of a fictional “reality” created using photographic elements. Ideally, it conveys a message or tells a story.  As one example, "tiny planet" effect images are accepted in this theme.  HDR alone would not be considered Altered Reality.  Manipulation may be in-camera or post-capture.  

Creative: an image that was specifically created using props or amplification of elements not normally viewed by the human eye such as dramatically lit subjects, long exposures, multiple exposures, high-speed capture, water and oil, water drops, light painting, photo mosaics, photo montages, burning steel wool, and x-ray images.  See the CAPA page for an even longer list of "techniques".



The usual CAPA eligibility rules apply: see the CAPA general page.

Editing is “OPEN”, which means any in-camera, on-camera or post-capture techniques may be used. You may combine images, add elements, use pre-sets, applications and actions to enhance or distort the image. Any images or textures added must have been originally photographed or created by the artist. Images cannot be solely created by a computer application. Infrared, colour and monochrome images are allowed. Digital frames, pin-lines, borders and mats were  permitted last year but this year they are NOT, except where the frame is part of the captured image, such as a door frame. Images not created by the photographer are not allowed.  Third party pre-sets including AI adjustments are permitted as long as they do not add components or patterns or textures not originating from a photo taken by the photographer.

Artificial intelligence renderings generated via text prompt may NOT be used in whole or in part in a submitted image.


To VCC, no later than December 30, 2023, and to CAPA, no later than January 30, 2024.


  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. Portrait images will have a vertical dimension of 1050 pixels.  Square images will be 1050 pixels on all four sides.

  4. sRGB colour space is recommended.  Files should have a maximum file size of 1.8 MB.

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

See CAPA Artistic Competition for More Information




VCC Results

  • 2022/23
  • Victoria Camera Club has won an "Honourable Mention Award" accumulating 142.5 points.  (Trillium Photographic Club won Gold at 148.)  The only club in B.C. to beat us was North Shore who also won an "Honourable Mention Award" at 143.  Congratulations to our team, Kahsia Hartwell, Kevin Keliher, Jackye Mills, Tom Stewart, Daniel Rondeau and Michelle O'Shea.  Michelle also won "3rd Merit Smart Phone" for her entry. See gallery to the right.  Click on Certificate to view full size.
    Honourable Mention Award






  • 2020/21:  
  • The CAPA Creative competition contained entries from 37 clubs. The Victoria Camera Club came in tied for 12th place. See the gallery
  • 2019/20:  
    The Victoria Camera Club placed a respectable 10th out of 36 camera clubs. See the gallery
  • 2018/19: 
    The club tied for 11th place out of 29 clubs with a score of 133.
    See the gallery
  • 2017/18:
    In 2018 the Victoria Camera Club finished in a tie for 9th place. See the gallery

  • 2016/17:
    In 2017, the Victoria Camera Club finished in 11th place
    See the gallery
  • 2015/16: 
    In 2016, the Victoria Camera Club received a 6th place Honourable Mention in the CAPA Altered Reality Competition with a score of 136 points, 3 points out of the medals. See the gallery

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