CAF Photography Contest

CAF Photography Contest

thinkstock

Contest Details

Organizers and Sponsors

The Contest is organized by the Imaging Systems Program Management (ISPM) of CFINTCOM, and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS). Various companies from industry provide prizes and awards.


Frequency

The Canadian Armed Forces Photography Contest (formerly known as The DND Photo Contest) is held annually.


Classifications

Each contestant must submit his/her entries in only one of two classifications: Novice or Advanced. The contestant must choose the classification which best, and most fairly, fits their own ability and experience in the field of photography using the following guidelines:

Novice classification is for those contestants that meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Photography is a hobby not a profession;
  • have never entered in the CAF/DND Photo Contest Professional/Advanced Category; and
  • have never been awarded Best of Show or Photographer of the Year in previous CAF/DND Photo Contest.

Advanced classification is for those contestants that meet ANY of the following criteria:
  • Photography is a profession;
  • have demonstrated advanced level skills in Photography;
  • have previously entered in the CAF/DND Photo Contest Professional/Advanced Category;
or
  • have been awarded Best of Show or Photographer of the Year in previous CAF/DND Photo Contest.

Note: Personnel currently or previously employed as Imagery Technicians, as well as anyone who regularly profits from his/her photography in any way other than photo contests, must submit his/her entries in the Advanced classification.

Anyone requiring further clarification should contact the organizing committee. Based on those guidelines the committee reserves the right to move a contestant from Novice to Advanced.


Categories

Contestants may submit entries in any of the following categories.

Military Life - This category is defined by those photographs depicting military personnel (in uniform) at work, on duty, on parade, on exercise, on training, on deployment, on operations at home and abroad, using the tools of the trade; or photographs showing military equipment or vehicles in action, where military personnel may not be clearly visible.

People - This category is defined by photographs of people in all walks of life - parenting and family, children, cute baby pictures, couples and relationships, models / fashion, people engaged in outdoor/indoor activities, wedding and vacation. Including photographs of a person or a group of people posing for the purpose of creating a portrait.

Animals - This category is defined by those photographs depicting domesticated and wild animals such as: dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, amphibians, zoo and farm animals. However, insects and spiders must be entered in the Macrophotography category.

Architecture - This category is defined by those photographs depicting the architectural nature of structures such as bridges, buildings, cityscapes, interiors and industrial installations.

Environment - This category is defined by those photographs depicting the environment. Typical subjects are tourists’ attractions, waterfalls, farms, flora, landscapes, seasons, seascapes, sunsets and underwater scenery.

Macrophotography - This category is defined by those photographs that reproduce a subject larger then its normal physical size. Typical subjects are insects, spiders, flowers and very small objects.

Sports - This category is defined by those photographs depicting a sports event or people participating in a sports or fitness based activity, emphasizing action.

Open - This category is defined by those photographs that do not fit particularly well into the previous categories or images created or altered using a software or camera special effects mode such as; composite, panoramic and High Dynamic Range (HDR) images, as well as black and white images with selective colours. Entries in this category must contain photographic images and not only computer generated images.

Note: Basics adjustments such as cropping, sharpening, colour correction and tone adjustments (levels, curves, burning/dodging), are allowed in any categories but only to a level needed to reproduce the original scene. All photographs where other manipulation or alterations of the image took place must be entered in the OPEN Category.


Judging

A panel of three judges, selected based on their photographic experience and background, will select the winning entries. All entries will be displayed on a high quality, colour calibrated LCD monitor set at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, in a room with low ambient lighting.

At all times, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and Honourable Mentions are awarded at the judges’ discretion, i.e. awards do not have to be given if no worthy entry is available in the opinion of the judging panel. The “Photographers of the Year” are chosen in their respective Novice and Advanced classification as follows: each entry that has been awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, or Honourable Mention is awarded a score of 4, 3, 2, and 1 point respectively. The contestants whose entries have been given the highest total score are selected for these awards.

The Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) will select the picture from all submitted entries which best depicts the Canadian Military. The decision of the contest judges, VCDS and committee are final.


Awards

Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Award: will be awarded for the entry selected by the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff which best depicts the Canadian military (Advanced or Novice classification).

Photographer of the Year - Novice: will be awarded to the contestant who receives the highest total of points in the Novice classification.

Photographer of the Year - Advanced: will be awarded to the contestant who receives the highest total of points in the Advanced classification.

Best in Show – Novice: will be awarded for the entry judged best amongst all First Place winners in the Novice classification.

Best in Show – Advanced: will be awarded for the entry judged best amongst all First Place winners in the Advanced classification.

Military Photographer Achievement Award: The Military Photographer Achievement Award (MPAA) is designed to recognize military photographers for their sacrifices, achievements and efforts towards furthering the objectives of military photography in documenting and promoting the day by day activities and achievements of Canadian Armed Forces.

People’s Choice Award: will be awarded for the entry that receives the most votes, from the public, amongst all winners (Advanced or Novice classification).


Contact

Email: cafphotocontest@cfmws.com
Phone number: 613-990-2305