Capture Oakville Photography Competition 2018

Capture Oakville Photography Competition
Capture Oakville Photography Competition 2018
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Bill Smith

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Bill Smith is an integrated communications and digital strategist, longtime Oakville resident, and the president of the Oakville Camera Club. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Ryerson University's public relations post degree certificate programme.

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Calling all photography enthusiasts, the Capture Oakville Photography Competition returns for 2018 with great prizes to be won including the $1000 cash Grand Prize.

Capture Oakville is an annual photography competition that is open to all Ontario residents across all levels of photography skills.

This year’s flagship category, Capture Oakville – The Streets of Oakville is required to be shot within the Town of Oakville’s borders, has been updated to our street photography category to provide a challenge to our entrants and change things up a little from past events.

Capture Oakville Photography Competition Categories

Capture Oakville – The Streets of Oakville (required)

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.

Capture Sports & Action

An Action or Sports image that captures and demonstrates action photography. Sports and Action photography is one of the most exciting and challenging types of photography

Capturing the action at its peak is your ultimate goal by either capturing an instant with minimal blur, OR capturing the action using deliberate motion blur.

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.

The human subject should be the central element. Photographs can include, Candid or Posed, Portraiture, Studio, or Photojournalism.

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. This category is open to any subject matter.

Capture Landscapes

A grand expanse of Scenery, Landscape, spectacular natural event, or Environmental vista 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, High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques. Human elements are acceptable, as long as they are not the primary subject matter.


Note: Cityscapes are excluded from this category.

Capture 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 ‘discouraged.’

Capture Expression – Youth (18 years & under)

Create a photograph that is eye-catching, or impacts the viewer by invoking an emotional response through its story.

Images will be judged on their originality, artistic expression, as well as its composition, and/or tonality

The Capture Oakville Photography Competition grand prize is $1000 cash with additional prizes provided by our sponsors.

“We want to thank our returning sponsors including The Mark Kirton Team RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage, The Town of Oakville Cultural Grant Program, Henry’s, Burlington Camera along with the Oakville Arts Council and The Oakville Community Foundation for their continued support,“ said Capture Oakville Chair and Oakville Camera Club Vice President Bernie Cook.

The submission deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018, via with instructions for online payment along with detailed rules. Those selected as finalists will be contacted and asked to submit a print.

These top photographs will be framed and exhibited in the main Gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community Cultural Centre starting Friday, December 7th with the awards ceremony and opening night reception.

The Oakville Camera Club founded in 2006 by Kieley Hickey and Bill Smith which hosts the event, meets twice monthly at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Cultural Centre from September to June.



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