Challenge Rules


  1. Only images from paid members of Oakville Camera Club at the time of submission will be judged. 
  2. The submitted images must have been taken by the submitter within 2 years of the specified submission due date. The submitted images must not have been entered in a previous challenge.

  3. Members may submit a maximum of two images per challenge with no more than 1 image per theme.  For the category that is subdivided into novice vs. experienced, you may only submit an image to one or the other, not to both. Images will be accepted in the order received.  Any additional images submitted will be automatically disqualified.

  4. Submitters must read the descriptor to each challenge category to ensure that their images fit the category.  Images that don't fit the submission  category will be disqualified.   
  5. Image must be submitted as an email attachment to the following address by midnight of the submission deadline date: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Do not send images that are embedded in the body of the e-mail, send as an attachment. The email MUST include the following information:
    1. The photographer’s name
    2. Contact phone number
    3. File name of each photo entered AND the name of the theme each photo is entered into.  Be sure to indicate if the image is being submitted to the novice or experienced challenge category as applicable.
    4. Title of the image.  Titles provided will be used in the judging and at the Challenge Review Meeting.

  6. In order to ensure the images are of sufficient quality for judging and presentation, the minimal acceptable size for images submitted is 1MB. While there is no upper limit, try to keep the size below 3 MB if you can. Images must be submitted in jpeg format, in proper orientation for viewing. Photo will be reviewed as submitted.  Instructions for how to resize image files in most popular photography postprocessing software have been posted elsewhere on the OCC website.

  7. Images MUST be named according to the camera club naming convention: Title of Image-Name of Photographer (i.e. Autumn_Leaves-John Doe.jpg   

  8. For submissions to the “Novice” theme, use the following broad practical guideline for “Novice” to determine your eligibility to submit in the Novice category. (Honour system):
    1. Broadly, a novice is someone starting out in photography who has an entry level digital camera (point & shoot or a DSLR with 1 or 2 kit lenses).
    2. They are still learning the basic functions on their camera and are learning how these functions can be used creatively (e.g. aperture priority, shutter speed, ISO, colour balance, etc.).
    3. They mostly shoot in Auto Mode or Program Mode or one of the built in picture settings on the camera dial.
    4. They are learning the basic rules of composition and basic terminology.
    5. They shoot Jpeg images, not Raw.
    6. If they do any post processing, they use free software like Picassa or the tools on Flickr and not advanced commercial software like Lightroom or Photoshop.

If at least half of these criteria apply to you, you may apply to the novice theme.  

9. Images submitted to the challenge will be judged using the CAPA system and the winner and runner up announced at the Challenge Results Presentation. Each image will be critiqued at the presentation, however, names and scores of all the participants (other than the winners and runner ups) will be kept confidential as in the past. Some of the images may be post processed by the judges to more clearly illustrate their  constructive suggestions. These will be clearly identified as such and shown along with the actual submitted images.

10. The winner of each category (including both the novice and experienced sub-categories) will receive a $20 gift card for Henry’s. The winner MUST be present at the Challenge Meeting to receive the award, otherwise it will be awarded to the runner-up if present.  If neither the winner or runner-up are present, the gift card will be withdrawn and used in the next scheduled Challenge. 

It is important to bear in mind that focus of the challenge is on helping all club members advance their photography skills in a friendly and constructive atmosphere. The challenge is about fun and learning and is not meant to be a club competition. The challenges are also designed to tie in with the current club outings and other educational activities of the club, so that each activity will reinforce the others and enhance your learning experience.
11. If you are unclear about any of the rules, send an e-mail to the OCC Challenges Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

       12.  We always welcome comments from our club memebers on how we can can make  the OCC Challenges more interesting and beneficial.  We also welcome your suggestings for future Challenge Themes.  Please email your suggestions or comments to the OCC Challenges Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or verbally at any of the camera club meetings.