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 four “themes” under which you must enter your work in this contest. In entering a photo one must select one of: “Abstract”, “Altered Reality”, “Creative” and “Smartphone/tablet”.
The four themes are defined by CAPA for this competition as follows:
Abstract: Abstract does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of tangible objects or people. Instead, colour and form make up the subject of the images. Examples might include double exposure, blur, intentional camera movement, distorted images, lines and shapes, and panned images. You might find some colour or form so compelling that the actual “thing” you are photographing is unrecognizable.
Altered Reality: an image of a fictional “reality” created using photographic elements. Ideally, it conveys a message or tells a story.
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, water and oil, water drops, light painting and low-key images created in-camera or after capture.
Smartphone/tablet: the proliferation of phones and tablets with in-phone apps and post-capture apps has made available a plethora of “artistic” effects that are easily accessible to phone and tablet photographers. Lens attachments are permitted. If you created your photo on a smartphone or tablet AND you have made significant “artistic” changes to the image using one or more device applications, this is your category.
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 images are allowed. Digital frames, pin-lines, borders and mats are permitted provided they contain no text. Images not created by the photographer are not allowed.
To VCC, no later than December 30, 2022, and to CAPA, no later than January 30, 2023.
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- Images should be in JPEG format, maximum 1400 pixels on the horizontal x 1050 on the vertical in size.
Note: One of the dimensions must be exactly the maximum allowed size (either 1400 or 1050 pixels).
sRGB colour space and have a maximum file size of 1.8 MB
- Maximum number of submissions per VCC member is two.
Please preserve your image’s RAW formatted files, should CAPA request them.