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Capture Oakville Categories

The Photography Competition features up to six-(6) categories, each with specific subject matter and criteria to challenge and inspire the artistic, emotional, and technical capabilities of the photographers entering the competition.


Capture Oakville is a major juried photo competition using judges qualified under the Canadian Association of Photographic Arts (CAPA).


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The Streets of Oakville

An image that captures and demonstrates the interaction of people and their behaviours in public places within Oakville where you capture a realistic ‘decisive moment.’

Though people usually feature directly, street photography might be absent of people and can be of an object or environment within Oakville where the imagery projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.

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Capture Landscapes

A grand expanse of Natural Landscape, Cityscape, Environmental Vista or spectacular natural event, which conveys the scale, size or proportion of what you are photographing.


The image may include methods such as wide-format panoramic field-of-view, focus stacking, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques.


Capture People & Portraits

A compelling portrait photograph that captures the moment of contact or interaction, while accentuating the essential characteristics and personality of the human spirit.


Photographs can include, Candid or Posed, Portraiture, Studio, Photojournalism or Street Photography as long as the human subject being photographed is the central element.


Nature & Wildlife

Compelling image of natural elements such as wildlife, plants, insects, and close-ups of small natural subjects or textures.*

Close-up or Macro photographs are welcome in this category.
* Small natural subjects or textures could include parts of animals/plants/insects such as feathers, flower stamens, pollen, leaf vein patterns, compound eyes of insects, etc.


** Hand-of-Man elements are permitted as long as they are minimal and do not distract from the primary subject matter. 


Capture Black & White

A ‘creative’ visual image which uses the aesthetic of the black and white medium to best represent the impression of tone, texture or contrast in order to attract, guide and/or polarize the viewers attention.

Black & White is defined as shades of very dark grey (black) to very light grey (white) with varying shades (darker) and tints (light) of the grayscale.

This category is open to any subject matter.



Open to creative and innovative images that explore new personal directions in the art or science of photography and result in compelling images with strong visual and/or emotional impact. 


Any subject matter or technique may be used. Images will be evaluated on their creativity, impact and inventive application of photographic principles and techniques.

This may include still life, abstract, conceptual and experimental imagery.

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