Challenge Rules and Themes

The Oakville Camera Club has four challenges in 2015.   These challenges are aimed at making us better photographers while having more fun with our favourite pastime: photography. Each challenge will have three photographic themes. You may enter a total of two photos per challenge with no more than one photo in any one theme. All entries received on or before the due date will be judged by a panel of three judges. All entries will be reviewed in the club meetings on the dates specified. Prizes will be awarded.


Entrants retain ownership and copyright of all images, but upon submission of entry, entrants irrevocably agree and consent to Oakville Camera Club’s use and retention of submitted digital images for the non-commercial purpose of promoting its competitions and/or OCC, and entry into Inter-Club competitions.



    • The photograph must be in digital JPEG format. Scans are acceptable.
    • File Size must be greater than 250KB and less than 2 Meg.
    • Files must be sent as an email attachment. i.e.- not embedded in the email.
    • Images should be in the proper orientation for viewing; it will be viewed as submitted.
    • Files are to be named according to the camera club naming convention:                      
      • Title of Image-Name of Photographer.jpg (i.e. Rideau Canal-John Smith.jpg).
    • Entries must be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the specified due date.
    • The email must include:

                  - The photographers name

                  - Contact phone number        

                  - File name of each photo entered and the name of the theme each photo is entered into.

    • Must be a paid up member of the Oakville Camera Club at the time of submission
    • Must have been taken within the last 2 years (NOTE: There is no time constraints for The Best Travel Photo Ever theme in the fall challenge 2015 )
    • Must be taken by the club member
    • Must not have been entered in a previous challenge
    • Maximum 2 entries per challenge with no more than 1 in chosen themes.


To maintain the highest quality, all editing should be done at maximum resolution and files should be saved using a lossless format, like TIFF or PSD. Only once editing is complete should you resize the photo to be between 250KB and 2 Meg and save to the JPEG format for your challenge entry.



Theme Definitions:


  • Action Photography:
    This theme may include any type of sports photography, as well as non-sports photos depicting action. The action can be any image that captures and demonstrates the essence of movement (subject panning, fast moving objects, long exposure; illustrating frozen in time, motion blur, or both).
  • Architectural Photography:
    Is the photographing of buildings and similar structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and accurate representations of their subjects.
  • Best Travel Photo Ever:
    Any photo you consider to be one of the best you have ever taken while traveling or on vacation. There is no time constraint on this theme. Photos taken at any time in the past are acceptable.
  • Close up / Macro:
    Macro is where the size of the object being photographed is equal to or smaller than the size of its image on the camera sensor. Close up expands the definition to include any objects photographed at very close range and close to the closest focusing capability of the lens in use.
  • Colors / Patterns:
    Any photograph that grabs the viewer’s attention due to the effective use of color and / or patterns.
  • Effective Depth of Field:
    Any photo where the f-stop was chosen to create the effect the photographer was trying to portray. This may include wide open aperture to limit the depth of field and blur the background or a very small aperture to provide limitless depth of field such as in landscape photography.  This may also include where a particular f-stop was used to accommodate a chosen shutter speed.
  • Expression:
    Any photo where the expression on a person's face or body language is part of the photo.
  • Fall Colours:
    Any photo representing the beauty of our fall colours.
  • Food:
    Food photography is a still life specialization aimed at producing attractive photographs of food.
  • Landscape / Nature:  
    Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes. Also see the definition for Nature.
  • Light:
    Any photo showing the effective use of light where light itself plays a major roll in the picture.
  • Nature:
    Includes all non-domesticated plants, animals, and other organisms. as well as landscapes and naturally occurring subjects such as waterfalls, snow and sunsets. The Nature theme may include caged animals where the enclosure surrounding the animal is visible but minimal.
  • Night Photography:
    Pictures taken in dim light inside or out that may require the use of high ISO, and / or slow shutter speeds.. Flash is allowed but should not be the main source of light. Neutral density filters are allowed to extend exposure as needed. Astral photography is included in this theme.
  • People:
    Photographs of people. Can include portraits, posed and non staged. Try to have the photo tell us something about the people in the photo.
  • Portrait:  
    Portrait photography is the capture of the likeness of a person or a small group of people (a group portrait), in which the face and expression is predominant. The objective is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the subject. The focus of the photograph is the person's face, although the entire body and the background may be included.
  • Severe Weather:
    Photographs of severe weather or the aftermath of severe weather. Can include, among other things, rain, wind, snow, sleet, hail, deserts or floods.
  • Street Photography:
    Photos taken within the confines of a city, town or village which express the character of the location and its people.
  • Try Something New:
    This could be any form of photography you have little experience with. Examples include light painting, panning, portraiture, action, still life...
  • Vacation:
    Shots taken on vacation anywhere.
  • Waterfalls:
    Any photo where the main subject is falling water
  • Wildlife:
    Includes all non-domesticated animals, birds, bugs and other such organisms The wildlife theme may include caged animals where the enclosure surrounding the animal is visible but minimal.
  • Winter:
    Any outdoors photo representing our winter where Snow or Ice is the main subject.   May include frost on windows and people outside in the snow..
  • Summer:
    This theme consists of any outdoors photo representing our Summer at it’s Best, where Sunshine, Water, and Picturesque Evenings are the main subject matter. May include people enjoying the outdoor activities associated with our Summer season.
  • Something Different: 
    This could be a new form of photography or a technique that you have little previous experience with. Have fun experimenting with such things as night photography, light painting, panning, portraiture, still life, etc.

Themes for 2016


Challenge 1

  1. Fall colors
  2. Food
  3. Effective depth of field

All entries due by: February 22 2016
Club Presentation: March 21 2016

Judging Sheets



Challenge 2

  1. Portrait
  2. People
  3. Travel

All entries due by: May 20 2016
Club Presentation: June 20 2016



Challenge 3

  1. Summer
  2. Action Photography - the World In Motion
  3. Something Different

All entries due by: October 24 2016
Club Presentation: December 5 2016



Challenge 4

  1. to be determined
  2. to be determined
  3. to be determined

All entries due by: November 2016
Club Presentation: December 2016