How to Judge, New Judges Training Courses, November 16, 2024. (Registration closes Oct 25, 2024)

Do you compete? Are you wanting to better understand the photo judging process? Do you want to give your images the highest potential for scoring in competitions? Are you interested in the Judge in Training (JIT) program? Would you like to become a photo judge one day? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then this is the course for you!

A printed manual will be mailed to all registrants prior to the course and a certificate of completion will follow afterwards. The course is a prerequisite for those wishing to enter the Judge-in-Training (JIT) program. It is also allowable to take the course solely for your own benefit, to help make you a better photographer.

The course will cover the fundamentals of Photo Judging, The O3C Scoring Model, Constructive commenting, differences in various genres and categories, photo essays and much more.

This is an online ZOOM seminar and you do require a computer connected to the internet. While a webcam is not essential, a microphone is recommended as this is an interactive seminar.

This Course is open to all Club Members of O3C Clubs. If your Club does not belong to the O3C, you can be put on a wait list if we have any spots available. If you require further information, please contact our Judges Chair, John Allman.

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Who We Are:

    • The only non-profit organization uniting camera clubs in Ontario
    • We host 37 clubs with over 3,500 members across southern Ontario and growing
    • Our Mandate: “Provide support and resources to member clubs in order to facilitate the advancement of photographic arts to individual members.”

Benefits to You As a Club:

    • Expand your exposure to other clubs and potential members
    • All members of your club become members of the OCCC, through your club’s membership
    • Access to the Speakers Registry and the Judges List
    • Access to the Judges Course and the Judges-in-Training program
    • Software/training for online submissions and judging
    • Enter the Open Challenge and gain recognition for your club and its members
    • Discounted pricing for special exclusive O3C events
    • Special pricing on our group Photo Tours (Local & International)
    • Product & retail sponsor discounts
    • All members of your club have access to our private Facebook group and Instagram page where they can learn about other clubs’ events
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2023-2024 Club Membership Fees

The Current fee schedule for annual membership is as follows:

  • Club membership less than 25 members  $  30
  • Club membership 25-50 members            $  50
  • Club membership 51-100 members          $  75
  • Club membership 101-200 members        $  95
  • Club membership 201+ members             $130
  • Individual Membership                              $  25
  • No HST required.
  • Registration is open all year to New Clubs.
  • Club fees due upon registration.

Please note that the fees are prorated according to the date of initially joining the O3C and does not apply to membership renewals:

                 Date Joined                         % of Full Year Fee Payable

  • Sept. 1 – Nov. 30                                    100%
  • Dec. 1 –  Feb. 28                                     75%
  • Mar. 1 –   May 31                                     50%
  • Jun. 1 –   Aug. 31                                     25%

NOTE TO RENEWING CLUBS: Each season, there is usually a change in Club Executives and their responsibilities. Please fill out the contact information for all of your Executives and update your OLIS listing so we can direct information as needed. If you do not have a membership count, please estimate based on last year or your best judgement for this year. If for some reason you will not be renewing, please let our Membership Director, Tom Stephens know. Clubs that have not renewed by October 15th each year will be automatically disconnected from accessing member content from the O3C website. Renewals can be done online at: