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Interested in joining the club?

The RA Photo Club brings together people who enjoy and want to learn more about photography. Membership is open to everyone interested in photography. Newcomers and visitors are always welcome. Persons interested in joining the club may attend up to three meetings before signing up.

The RAPC is the Ottawa region's biggest and best-equipped club serving the interests and needs of amateur photographers. A self-contained studio operates all year round. Digital scanning and darkroom equipment are available to borrow. Regular meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays from September to mid-May in the Clark Hall at the west end of the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa. There are also frequent special events, workshops and outings.

More information is available here.

RAPC  Mission Vision & Values - May 2022 


A volunteer-driven club providing its members opportunities to increase their knowledge and to apply this knowledge to improve their skills and achieve their photographic goals and objectives.


To provide our members with a full range of programs and services that serve their needs regardless of their area of photographic interest or their current capabilities.


Our club values:

  • gaining and sharing knowledge and experience across all aspects of photography,
  • members who are involved and willing to help other members and the club
  • having fun through exploring and sharing photographic opportunities with other members

Club News - August 2022 

I hope everyone is having a very good summer!

It might be hard to believe but September is just around the corner and that means the start of another exciting season for the RA Photo Club and its members.

Many volunteers have been working on a wide range of club initiatives and activities this summer and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their work. Our Club would not be the same without your valuable contribution, so often behind the scenes but indispensable to our smooth functioning. It is much appreciated!

I am happy to let you know that our first regular Tuesday night program will take place on Tuesday, September 13th. Council decided to continue with virtual programming for Tuesday evenings, using the BBB platform, until December 2022 while we continue to work on different options for hybrid type meetings with the RA Centre. I invite you to check the Event and Program Calendar on the club’s website for details of the great programming prepared by members of the Program Committee, chaired by Glenn Bloodworth. Here's the link:

There will be a variety of opportunities to see each other in person this coming fall. There will be outings organized by the Special Interest Groups, as well as educational and shooting opportunities in the Studio and elsewhere for members to learn new skills and to share their knowledge. Announcements will be made in due time for members to sign up and participate. Our many group leaders are gearing up for an active fall and you will be hearing from them directly via the RAPC-announce e-mailings.

Work on the club’s new strategic plan has been on-going throughout the summer months as the various work teams have had discussions and are preparing preliminary recommendations for consideration by Council. This important process for the future of the club is being coordinated by Norm Smith, Vice Chair.

The next Council meeting is going to take place virtually on Thursday, September 1st. As is our practice, the club's Secretary, Barbara Lapointe, will be sending out a notice about the meeting in due course. All members are invited to attend.

Please don’t forget to renew your membership if it’s about to expire. You’ll have a notice banner inviting you to renew your membership only if you’re logged in to the club's website but you can also call the RA Centre to renew.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and join us in September for an inspirational and exciting season at the RA Photo Club.

Anna Nitoslawska, Chair

Club Program

Tuesday night meetings.

The summer meetings are held at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.  This year, that will be June 14, July 12, and August 9.  

You are the program, so get those images ready!  Bring from one to thirty images, or an AV presentation of up to seven minutes. Go to to upload your images.  

At these remote summer meetings, we will try to act as if we are actually in Courtside B at the RA Centre. You will have control and be able to show your images at your own pace.

The only difference is that you will have to upload your images ahead of time, so that they can be installed on the Big Blue Button server.

You can download detailed instructions here: 

Information Summer Meeting  Instructions.pdf

Of course, you don't have to show images to attend the meeting. 

 Melvin Legge was born and raised in the small Newfoundland fishing community of Twillingate. As the son of an inshore fisherman he developed a strong love for nature and wildlife. Now living in Ottawa, he developed a passion for photography in 2017. He went on to take several photography courses at Algonquin College. He uses photography to share his love for nature and all things wildlife. Some topics to be covered in this presentation:
  • Lightning and storm photography - day vs night
  • Landscape photography with an emphasis on Newfoundland.
  • Wildlife photography with an emphasis on birds in flight"

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We are using the CAPA definition of Nature which can be found in “Nature Definitions/Competition Details” at Please note that a limited amount of ‘Hand-of-Man’ is permitted in some categories of Nature, but you need to read the definition carefully to see what is and what is not allowed in specific situations.

  Local fine art photographer Mark Hogan will speak about his Staged series. Mark builds and photographs miniature sets, holds studio sessions with live models, then creates his final images with Photoshop compositing. 
Mark Hogan - 45-Blue Bed 1-4 Crop (1)

BD Colen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter for the Washington Post and a widely published photographer, will showcase some of his work. He has taught documentary photography at MIT for 15 years. Now living in Canada, BD continues to privately mentor photographers and lead photography trips. BD will share his career highlights as well as some important assignments he gives his students.


A photo essay is a form of visual storytelling, a way to present a narrative through a series of images that can evoke emotion and understanding without using words.

Here we are looking for 3 images that work together as a group and explore a theme, a place, an emotional mood, or a vision. There is no restriction on subject matter. The three images should be either all in colour or in b/w. Should you wish, you may add a short descriptive title to the set of images.

The haiku is a short-form Japanese poetry tied to Zen Buddhism. Many have pointed out the parallel between haiku and photography. Raymond Aubin will share his experience in transposing the codes of haiku into photography. In particular, he will discuss 3:1 panoramas as photographic haikus. He will describe his aesthetic choices, the equipment he used, his shooting technique, and his post-processing method. He will complete his talk by commenting several of the panoramas he created as part of this project.

Raymond Aubin - Photographic Haiku



A photographic portrait which is a representation of a living person, especially the face, or a photograph in which the subject, the human body, is the primary interest.

Entries are limited to posed photographs of one or more human beings. The backgrounds may include statues or paintings of people provided that these are not the primary subject. Pet and animal portraits are excluded. There are no restrictions on location (indoors or outdoors) nor on lighting (ambient or artificial), however both must be considered and controlled.

We are using the CAPA definition for this topic. In terms of the topic CAPA says "This competition and its themes are aimed at providing photographers with the opportunity to exercise their creative skills: to capture outstanding and stunning images in areas that may be out of their comfort zones. Images submitted into this competition can be staged or candid.” It also suggests that the images should fall into one of the following five themes: The Cold, Man-made Structures/Objects, Culinary, Active Seniors, and Nature/Wildlife. A more detailed explanation of each of these themes can be found under Competition Details/Definition at

Your photograph should capture the state or situation of being alone, or of a lonely and uninhabited place.
For this competition we are seeking images which symbolize our unique Canadian identity and the beauty of our country. CAPA suggests some ideas for this topic might be: cultural heritage; geographical uniqueness; historical events or locations; iconic landscape/cityscape; roughness of Canadian landscape; seasonal uniqueness; symbols of caring, confidence, courage, encouraging, helping others, nurturing, pride, respect, self-sacrifice and trust; nature; wildlife specific to Canada and architecture.
Whether this competition is held will depend on a decision by the Executive Council to allow in-person meetings.

This competition is for system testing only


Many members will be renewing their membership in the RA Photo Club over the next few months. This is a reminder that renewals can be done only in person or by telephone.

If renewing by telephone, call Member Services at 613-733-5100

If renewing in person, go to the Member Services desk in the East end of the RA Centre. It is open 8 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mon - Fri, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m Sat - Sun.

Renewal notices are not sent by mail or email. If your renewal date is coming up, a banner with relevant information will appear on the RA Photo Club homepage as soon as you log in.

Don't delay, renew your membership promptly!