2021-2022 Round 1 Competition Judges

Hazel Breitkreutz

Hazel Breitkreutz is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), where she completed four years of study in art. Her work can frequently be seen in juried shows in the FCA Gallery on Granville Island. Hazel teaches Art Composition & Design for the South Surrey/White Rock Art Society. More recently, Hazel has expanded her image making skills with the digital camera. She is a Certified CAPA Judge and brings her thorough knowledge of composition and keen eye for colour and design to her photographic explorations. Her art and photographs have received awards at the FCA, the Surrey Art Gallery and in CAPA competitions. 

Allen Bargen

I am a lifelong proponent of the belief that to succeed in life, one needs to dedicate a fair portion of it in service to your community and country. We all have personal interests that touch us, and that is where we find the greatest opportunities to give back. This is certainly true of photography.

I dedicated a large part of my professional life to the art of Photography, and therefore to the agencies, clubs and people who involve themselves with it. On the national and international level, I devoted countless hours to the support and growth of CAPA, the Canadian Association for Photographic Art. It is my privilege to have worked on the National executive, where I served as President of the Association.

It was my pleasure to be deeply involved with ongoing training and education in CAPA, and have written and present several different lectures, courses and educational topics across Canada to support CAPA’s goals. Awarded their highest honours, FCAPA and Hon FCAPA for service and photographic achievement, I am a CAPA Certified Judge (CCJ), and a Canon CPS photographer.

My photography is mainly about the natural world and ongoing travels have allowed me to roam in many exciting locations around the world. I fell in love with Africa during numerous trips there, and intend to return once we have bid adieu to this Pandemic. Sports are also a big part of my photographic passions.

Allen P. Bargen, FCAPA, Hon FCAPA, CCJ, CPS


Michiko Nishijima

I was born and grew up in Yokohama, the second biggest city in Japan. I immigrated to Canada in 1994 and started to teach Japanese language at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

Although I became interested in photography through my father, it was not until 1998 that I was drawn to serious involvement in photography when I participated in a workshop by Freeman Patterson and André Gallant. This led me to participate in a workshop in Namaqualand, South Africa in 2001, followed in 2007 by a two week tour to the Atlantic Coast of South Africa and Richtersveld with Freeman Patterson.

I became a CAPA member in 2000, and the District Representative for Fredericton area in 2010. Now I serve as the Atlantic Zone Director since 2015. Also, I am an active member of Photo Fredericton, and I chaired the CCC2013 when the club hosted this conference. This is my second time being the president (2019-2021).

I took the Judging course in 2013 and 2018 and became a Certified Judge in March, 2020.