- Only images from paid members of Oakville Camera Club at the time of submission will be judged.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The photographer’s name
- Contact phone number
- 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.
- Title of the image. Titles provided will be used in the judging and at the Challenge Review Meeting.
- 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.
- Images MUST be named according to the camera club naming convention: Title of Image-Name of Photographer (i.e. Autumn_Leaves-John Doe.jpg
- 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):
- 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).
- 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.).
- They mostly shoot in Auto Mode or Program Mode or one of the built in picture settings on the camera dial.
- They are learning the basic rules of composition and basic terminology.
- They shoot Jpeg images, not Raw.
- 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.
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.