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. 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, water and oil, water drops, light painting, photo mosaics, photo montages, burning steel wool, and x-ray images.
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 are permitted provided they contain no text. 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.
- 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).
Portrait images will have a vertical dimension of 1050 pixels. Square images will be 1050 pixels on all four sides.
sRGB colour space is recommended. Files should have a maximum file size of 1.8 MB.
- Maximum number of submissions to VCC per member is two.
Please preserve your image’s RAW formatted files, should CAPA request them.
See CAPA Artistic Competition for More Information