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COVID-19 Update – October  24, 2021

The 2021 – 2022 RA Photo Club year is in full session again. With the gradual reopening of Ontario, we have been able to resume some in-person activities. The Nature Group, Fine Art Group, Urban Group, the Social Committee and Education Committee have all held or have scheduled in-person activities.

The Program Committee has announced a strong program for the year but given the current physical distancing requirements and scheduling constraints, online meetings will be continued, at least until the end of 2021. Depending on future guidance from the Province of Ontario and Ottawa Public Health, we may be able to resume in-person meetings in 2022. The Competitions Committee will continue holding Digital only competitions for the time being.

The RAPC Studio is operating under guidelines issued by the Government of Ontario. A maximum of five people, including the model, are allowed to be in the studio at the same time. The studio must be booked from the RA website, not the RA Photo Club website for the time being. Payment for studio rental must be made at the time of booking. The person booking the studio must provide RA staff with contact tracing information for anyone using the studio within 24 hours of the shoot. Please note that operating hours of the RA Centre have changed, and everyone must be out of the building by closing time. This information is available at the RA website. Everyone using the studio, including the model, must wear a mask while walking to and from the studio.

As the RA Centre is viewed as a Fitness Facility, everyone entering the building must show ID as well as government issues proof of vaccination, as per Government of Ontario requirements. Members who live in Quebec must show paper-based proof of vaccination certificates. People must enter the building using the West Entrance, near Clark Hall. Mask wearing is mandatory inside the facility. At this time, the RA continues to require that COVID-19 waivers be accepted by attendees of all in-person activities, both on-site and off-site.

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.

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

Drone photography has emerged as a way of capturing images from new vantage points. RAPC member Drew Monrad will present on his personal experience with drone photography. Along with images of the photographic perspectives a drone can capture, Drew's presentation will cover a range of topics including the hardware costs, licensing, and legalities around where to fly a drone.  Drew uses two drone models, a DJI Mavic mini 2 and a Mavic Air 2.  There will be Q & A opportunities after the presentation. 

Drew Monrad  1PANO

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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.

Join Paul Illsley on a photographic journey across Alaska’s remote and pristine glacier systems as he and a team of adventurous researchers train a group of international university students in the art of recording environmental monitoring data in remote and sometimes hostile locations. Paul spent eight summers as an instructor of research imaging, remote sensing, and photogrammetry with the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP). This program has been featured in multiple National Geographic articles. Paul’s talk will include images of their adventures as well as views of the beautiful pristine glacial landscape of Alaska.

Illsley photo

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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.

Ann Piché hates math but she can’t escape it. Math is patterns, rhythms, and symmetry. Both natural and man-made. It is an exploration of the real and the abstract. But what if understanding math is not necessary to see math? Mathēmatica is a photographic study that looks at the linkages between math and art. The audience is asked to look past incomprehensible strings of formulas and see what math creates. Math is re-imagined in a formula that we can all relate to – a photograph.

Ann Piché_ shell _for RAPC

shell - r = e^(a*theta)

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. Kas Stone will  explore the relationship between photographs and text, especially as it relates to creating titles for our images.
Kas Stone - The Road Not Taken (KBG08975) WITH TITLE

Monique's talk will help to strengthen your confidence to photograph on the streets. She will provide tips for approaching people and for creating themes to facilitate your street work. Many shooting and post-processing tips and tricks will be discussed to inspire you to get out and pursue this genre of photography.



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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.

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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