Frequently asked questions


What are the competitions?

  • There are about 8 competitions a year; members are encouraged to submit photos that are judged anonymously by a panel of judges.
  • The Competitions are meant to be fun. Members are encouraged to compare their results to their own previous results and not to other fellow members.
  • The goal is personal growth. As long as you as a photographer keep improving yourself you are on the right track.
  • Example of Themes: Portraits, Landscapes, Macro, Abstract.
  • Scores from individual photos are tabulated and the end of the year awards are based on the individuals total scores. It is best if you are aiming for one of those awards to submit the 3 photos per competition theme.

How do I submit photos for the competition?

  • Entries for the competitions can be done online via the focus website
  • In the File Upload grey box click on “Add a File Button”
  • Once your first file is added, you can click on Add More File to add your second and third file
  • Enter your email address
  • You can add a message if you want to
  • Click the Orange Send Button

Are there competition rules I need to follow, if so where do I find the rules?

  • There are Rules to each different competition. You should make sure you read each competition rule before submitting your images.
  • Rules vary depending on the competition
  • Some rules are set by the club while others are set by CAPA.

What is the Naming convention I keep hearing about?

    • The naming convention is a way of naming your files with your membership number that lets us make sure that your entries are anonymous during the competition.
    • The Naming conventions all start with either A_ or N_
    • A is for Advanced Photographers
    • N is for Novice Photographers
    • Examples would be
      • A_a1a1a1_John_Smith_001.jpg
      • N_a1a1a1_John_Smith_001.jpg
      • N_a1a1a1_John_Smith_002.jpg
      • N_a1a1a1_John_Smith_003.jpg
    • All sections of the naming convention are separated by underscore. This permits us to run scripts and rename your file for our needs.
It is important that you follow the naming convention. Files that do not meet the naming conventions will be deleted

How do I rename my file?

    • Right click on your file name
    • A box will appear
    • Choose Rename by clicking on it
    • Type in your new name : ex: A_a1a1a1_John_Smith_001
    • Once you’re done typing in your new name click the “Enter Button” on your keyboard
    • Repeat these steps for your second and Third Image

What is a CAPA & CAPA Competitions?

    • CAPA stands for Canadian Association for Photographic Art.
    • Focus Camera Club as a Club is a member of CAPA.
    • This gives the club the opportunity to enter into the CAPA Club Competition
    • Like us CAPA has about 10 competitions a year.
    • We pick the top 6 photographers from each of our CAPA competitions and they are sent to represent Focus Camera Club at the CAPA Club Competition.

Who judges the photos?

    • The Photos are judged by professional and semi-professional Focus Members.

How is the Competition judged?

    • There are 4 categories that are scored
      • Respect of the Contest Theme
      • Artistic Merit
      • Wow/Impact factor
      • Technical
    • Each category is given a 0-10 score
    • The 16 scores are (4 categories x 4 judges) are averaged to create a final score

Are there prizes to be won?

    • There is a 1st, 2nd & 3rd Prize to be won at each competition
    • These winners will have their photo printed and matted
    • At the end of the year there are also 3 other prizes associated with competitions.
    • Theses prizes will be handed out at the meeting following the reveal of the winners.

What is the “end of the year awards”?

    • Advanced Photographer of the year
      • This award is based on the member's top 18 image scores out of a possibility of 24 (3 images x 8 photo contests).
    • Novice Photographer of the year
      • This award is based on the member's top 15 image scores out of a possibility of 24 (3 images x 8 photo contests).
    • Rookie of the Year Award
      • This award is based on the member's top 12 image scores out of a possibility of 24 (3 images x 8 photo contests).
    • There are also 3 more awards Freeman Patterson Award, Ken Dunphy Landscape Award and Brian Townsend Illuminator Award. We encourage you to visit our webpage to find out the details of these awards :