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COVID-19 Update – March 18, 2021

The City of Ottawa enters the Red Zone for COVID-19 on Friday March 19, 2021. This will have some ramifications for the RA Centre itself, which will remain open, and some other clubs. There will be no real impact on RA Photo Club activities. Most of our activities are occurring online, so there will be no impact on regular meetings or other online activities.

There are no changes to how we conduct in-person events. Both the Urban and Nature groups will be holding group events as we move into spring. Only fully paid up members who have agreed to the RA Centre COVID-19 waiver and book using the RAPC online booking tool are allowed to attend. We must do so to ensure that event attendees are covered by RA insurance policies. The RAPC is required to supply RA staff with contact tracing information within 24 hours of any off-site event and we use the online booking data to do this. There is no change in the number of people who can get together for outdoor events; the maximum number allowed remains at 25 in the Red Zone.

There is also no change in Studio Operations. The studio must be booked using the RA Centre booking system (not the RAPC one) and a maximum of five (5) people are allowed in the studio at one time.

Please be advised that there is a delay of a few days between the time a membership is renewed and / or the COVID-19 waiver is agreed to and the data is updated in the RAPC booking system. If you are intending to attend in-person events, please do not leave these activities to the last minute.

Manfred Mueller
Chair, RA Photo Club. 

CAPA  Fine Arts Club Competition 2021 

Great news!

It is with great pride to forward the results from the 2021 CAPA Fine Arts Club Competition. Our club won the Gold medal for the six images with the highest total score of all clubs competing. Kudos are in order for Anna Nitoslawska, Beverley Dawson, Cajo Brando, Danielle Labonte, Guy St Jean and Guillaume Bissonnette!

Anna scored the third highest mark and also received a Third Merit Award Colour as well. Congrats Anna!

Click Images to view.

Membership Renewal 

Please be advised that there is a delay of a few days between the time a membership is renewed and / or the COVID-19 waiver is agreed to and the data is updated in the RAPC booking system. If you are intending to attend in-person events, please do not leave these activities to the last minute.

Member Service Associates are available in person and over the phone to register or renew your photo club membership. Please feel free to call 613-733-5100 to register today!

Monday to Friday

8:00am to 10:00pm

Saturday & Sunday

8:00am to 8:00pm”

Club Program

Tuesday night meetings.

In a presentation, including Qs & As, Rod Trider, CAPA’s Chief Judge and Judges’ Trainer, will discuss what it is good judges look for when evaluating image submissions in competitions.”


We are using the CAPA definition of Nature photography so that winning images can be entered as Club entries in the respective CAPA competition.

For this competition, CAPA has adopted the Nature – Wildlife definitions which was updated on January 1, 2019 by: Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP); the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS).


A description of the specific subject matter encompassed by the Nature competition follows. It should be read carefully to determine the extent to which “the hand of man” or domesticated subject matter is permitted:

  • Botanical – subjects such as wild flowers, plants, trees, fungi and algae. Germinated and grown without human assistance. ‘Hand-of-man’ elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral part of the nature story (10% or less of total image area).
  • Insects, Reptiles & Amphibians – such as: ants, bees, beetles, butterflies, crickets, dragonflies, hornets, mantis, mosquitoes, wasps, alligator, snake, crocodile, gecko, iguana, lizard, turtle, etc… No ‘hand-of-man’ is permitted in the image. Images can be taken in the wild or in a zoo-like setting. Hand-of-man’ cannot be contained in the image. However, an insect, reptile and amphibians may be photographed on a domesticated flower provided the flower is deemed an element of an ‘adaptive environment’ and consists of less than 10% of the image.
  • Landscape – subjects such as weather phenomena, geological formations, landscapes, seascapes and natural phenomena, planets, stars and astronomical events – no hand of man is permitted in the image. Long exposure of water is permitted but the long exposure of clouds and star trails are not.
  • Nature – subjects such as living animals, birds and marine subjects – under the control and feeding of humans if not obvious – such as zoos, game farms, animal preserves, aquarium, etc…
    • No feral or domesticated birds or animals are permitted.
    • ‘Hand-of-man’ is permitted provided that it is deemed as an element of an ‘adaptive environment’ (e.g. barn owl) and consists of less than 10% of the image
  • Wildlife – ONLY living and untamed wildlife mammals, birds and marine subjects. No traditional zoo, open-range zoos, game farms or other areas where animals/birds are enclosed or confined. Nature parks are considered natural environments because animals are not in ‘controlled conditions.’ Wild animals and birds are permitted to have scientific bands, tags or radio collars but no tethers or harness attachment. No feral or domesticated birds or animals are permitted – No hand-of-man is permitted.

Note: Hand-of-man means an image is devoid of all human elements and impacts of human activities – The following are examples of ‘hand-of-man’:

  1. Human – body or portions thereof.
  2. Sky – cables, telephone/power lines, jet streams, aircraft, light pollution, artificial light, etc…
  3. Land – man-made structures or paths, buildings, concrete, man-made stone, telephone poles, fences, posts, sidewalk, domesticated or cultivated plants/food, cut grass, organized or systematic laying out of planted trees, etc…
  4. Elements – cut trees or branches or stems, tree stumps, posts, man-made food, objects or background, etc…
  5. Sea – boats, ships, piers, docks, posts in the water, etc…
  6. Human created light source – where it is clearly evident that flash has been used and does not result in a natural appearing image

Jamie Johnson:  The Future of Technology

Mike MacKay:  Video for Photographers

Jesse Winter is an award-winning photo-journalist and writer, whose work has spanned the Arctic Circle to West Africa and has appeared in many major publications such as The Toronto Star and The Guardian. He is a graduate of Carleton's School of Journalism and currently lives in Vancouver.

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 Danielle Barabé-Bussières, 2021 winner of the Professional Photographers of Canada's (PPOC) National Artistic Photographer of the Year, for a second year in a row, will discuss the art and her craft in nature and landscape photography.


A shadow or shadows must be the main or dominant feature of your image.

 Sandy Sharkey is a professional equine photographer who travels extensively to capture the beauty of wild horses.

In this visual presentation, Sandy will discuss a life-changing event that would lift her image beyond artistry. Realizing that her photography could help elicit positive change. Sandy joined forces with photographers from around the world in efforts to save wild mustangs from disappearing forever. This presentation will inspire you to see the impact behind photography, and how you can use your images to effect positive change for the future.

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Jane Spencer

Title : Fine Art: "Looking for Less". Jane Spencer, a member of the RA Photo Club, will share her journey into the genre of minimalist photography.

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Chris Schmitt 

Title  "From Geek to Emerging Artist". Chris will start by walking through the 12 images in his series, Convergence. Following that he'll provide a brief background, describe how he "fell into" photography, and discuss some of the defining moments from his experience at SPAO. Chris will then talk about his influences and then walk through the process he used to create the images for the series.

Chris Schmitt


The Annual Interclub AV Showcase 2021

Each year the Camera Club of Ottawa (CCO), le Club de photographie polarisé de l’Outaouais (CPPO), the Orléans Photo Club (OPC), and the RA Photo Club (RAPC) hold an Interclub AV Showcase which this year will be held on December 7, 2021. Members of all four clubs are encouraged to contribute audio-visual (AV) productions to this virtual evening.

The deadline to enter an AV show is midnight Tuesday November 30 2021. The theme is open and AV productions should be in"MP4 or MOV formats and less than 6 minutes long”.  If you have questions please contact Norm Smith at

You can access the projection formats for the Interclub AV productions by first accessing the RA Photo Club website and then searching for:
Interclub AV night

We are using the CAPA definition of Artistic photography so that winning images can be entered as Club entries in the respective CAPA competition.

Artistic photography is created in accordance with the creative vision of the artist as a photographer, using photography as a medium to bring something to life that arises from the artist’s mind. The image should go beyond the ‘literal representation’ of a scene or subject.  A simple conversion of a colour image to a monochrome would not necessarily result in an artistic image. The photographer will use subjects, elements and techniques as a vehicle in the process of conveying their feelings and vision to reveal an original, creative and individual expression.


CAPA further defines artistic as “an image produced with the intention to portray a creative vision based primarily on an aesthetic and emotional thrust.”

For the purpose of the competition, images should fit into one of the following four themes:

Abstract – does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of tangible objects or people, where colour and form make up the subject of the images.  Examples include – double exposure blurred images, intentional camera movement, distorted image, lines & shapes, panned image and smoke/fire created image.

Altered Reality – using photographic elements to create a realistic or unrealistic fictional image. Ideally, the intention is to create an image that conveys a message or tells a story.

Creative – image is one that was specifically created using props or amplification of elements not normally viewed by the human eye such as: dramatically lit subject (portraits, still life or landscape), long-exposures, water & oil and high-speed water drops. It also includes light painting and low-key image created in camera or post processing.

Smartphone/tablet – image(s) captured on a smartphone/tablet and have significant ‘artistic’ changes to the image using one or more mobile device applications or other post processing application.  External lens attached to a smartphone or tablet are permitted.

We are using the CAPA definition of Monochrome so that winning images can be entered as Club entries in the respective CAPA competition.

For this competition, CAPA is using the definition of Monochrome as defined by the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique’s (FIAP) and is as follows:

A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category.


Given the above definition CAPA considers a sepia image to be a monochrome image. A ‘duo-toned’ image is not considered a monochrome image for the purposes of the competition.

CAPA has described the following themes in this competition, which effectively means there are no restrictions regarding subject matter:

Portrait (will primarily contain the likeness of a person(s) in which the facial expression is predominant but can be extended to include the entire body and the background)

Landscape (can include people, buildings, etc…)

Man-made Structures/Objects (includes cityscapes, buildings, transportation, still life, table top photography, etc…)

Flowers/Plants (wild or cultivated – ‘hand-of-man- is permitted)

Animals/Birds/Insects (wild or domesticated – ‘hand-of-man’ is permitted)

Hand-of-man is permitted in all themes. Infrared images are permitted in this competition.

Fog, haze or smoke must be the dominant feature of your image.

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.

This is a B & W print competition consisting of five related prints. For reasons of space requirements it is limited to 15 applicants. It will take place if the club is able to resume in-person meetings as of this date.

Further details will be provided once a decisions is taken on whether the competition will proceed this year.

This competition is for system testing only