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Event & Program Calendar


Want to join or renew your membership in the RAPC?

(For current members, please call the RA Centre to renew your membership at 613-733-5100.  Or, in person, go to the Member and Guest Services desk in the East end of the RA Centre. Click here for contact information and hours of operation.)

The RA Photo Club brings together people who enjoy and want to learn more about photography. We welcome amateur photographers of all levels. Potential members are welcome to join up to three regular Tuesday meetings free of charge.

The RAPC offers a variety of options to explore and expand your photographic interests such as:

- hearing accomplished  photographers speak on a vast array of topics;

- workshops and educational opportunities to learn how to create Audio-Visual productions, Fine Art images, Still Life images, and much more; and

- nature and urban outings.

Club meetings are normally held in person at 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays from September to mid-May at the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa. However, it has been decided that the regular weekly meetings will continue to be virtual for the time being. Having said that, outings, workshops and educational sessions and Studio opportunities are being planned and will be in-person.

More information is available here.

RAPC  Mission Vision & Values


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

A Message from The Gallery Committee Chair, Jane Spencer

I am planning to update the RA Photo Club Slideshow and Gallery with the theme of Winter and Winter's Beauty. Most of us take photos during every season and it would be nice to share how we get out there in the cold so -- colour, black & white, landscapes, urban, birds, animals, sports, play -- anything outside in the snow.

Thank you to members who have responded to my email regarding the Gallery. The slideshow is complete but we could use more prints on the winter theme.

If you submitted before, please feel free to do so again. We have lots of frames. If you are new to the club, please share your images with us.

I am setting a deadline of December 9 to receive prints.

To make arrangements for drop off, please contact me at:

Print Instructions:

If you have a printed, matted and framed photo ready to submit, please let me know.

Otherwise, you will need a matted print with backing (preferably thin) to fit inside a 16"x20" frame. The outside measurement of the mat needs to be 16" x 20". The opening of the mat will vary, depending on the size and shape of your print.

(Last I checked, DeSerres at St Laurent Mall sold pre-cut 16"x20" mats.)

One last request… I could also use a volunteer to help frame the prints. If you are available any weekday morning to do this, it would be greatly appreciated.

        Look What I Found in the

RAPC Treasure Chest of Documents!

While going through the many documents hidden under Documents, I realized that there is an impressive range of tips and information to help us grow our photography skills.

Are you interested in learning more about Sharpening vs Digital Noise Reduction, Creative Sharpening, Portraiture Sharpening, Landscape Sharpening and much more? Have a look at the Image Sharpening document under Members/Documents/Education folder.

Interested in Black and White Photography, the Introduction to Black & White Photography may be just what you are looking for.

Maybe Macro photography is of interest to you. Have a look at the Macro Photography Workshop document.

Club Program

Tuesday night meetings.

Gareth Jones will walk us through his creative journey and will demonstrate how we, as photographers, are all creative.  The evening presentation will outline his journey into creative digital photography with an objective to encourage all to embrace their creativity and push our images to their creative max.  Gareth guarantees everyone will learn one thing at the very least by the end of the program evening and his presentation will explore multiple examples of images demonstrating his creative work and will talk about the various software apps he uses throughout the evening.   Gareth is a multiple Gold Medalist in various international competitions.

 Explore Gareth’s Instagram and Website links in preparation for an outstanding evening in Creativity.

Gareth Jones evening Gareth Jones evening 2

Meeting link:

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.

  Mark, an RAPC member, will discuss his recent fascination with drones and share some of his photography efforts using them. The presentation will cover legal, technical, and creative aspects of these technological marvels. Mark will also use the opportunity to showcase some of his aerial photography and videography, from the early days to the present.



Meeting link:

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.

Urban life: Capturing the spontaneous encounters of life in cities or towns. To be on topic your image must include a live person, animal or plant. Stay tuned for more details.

Various RAPC Members who have travelled to Morocco will be invited to show images from their trip

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

New Members Meeting Dates and Agenda - 2022-2023

Open to All!

December 13th The Egg part I – lighting presentation – Robert Laramée

January 10th Still Life Group – Allan Cameron

January 24th Feedback Group – Sami Kandalaft

February 7th The Egg part II – lighting presentation – Robert Laramée

February 21st Audio Visual Group – Jamie Johnson

March 7th Fine Art Group – Maureen Murphy

March 21st New Members’ Presentation Review

April 4th Life, Faces & Figures Group – Mike MacKay

April 18th TBA

April 25th New Members’ Presentation

May 2nd New Members’ Committee critique

May 16th TBA

May 30th TBA