2021 O3C Open Challenge Awards Show. December 5th

Note: This years event is FREE but registration is required. See sign up link below.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Dec 5, 2021 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: 2021 Open Challenge Awards Show

Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xk87hOM3QWWKh-LppRKXRA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

O3C Welcomes our newest Supporter!

Something New This Year for the Open Challenge! We’re are pleased to welcome the newest supporter of the O3C: ROLUX, who have graciously donated the prizes for First Place Specialists Awards for all 11 categories. Each First place winner will receive a RL-BD1170N Battery Unit that can power a multitude of photographic devices. More on this will be revealed at the Awards Show. In the meantime, please check out their website at http://www.up-market.ca/

Announcing: O3C OLIS (Online Information System)

By now, all O3C Clubs should have received their information email announcing the O3C OLIS. Many of our Reps were given a demo of the new portal. New User Names & Passwords will be sent by Oct 1st to all O3C Clubs in good standings. If you haven’t renewed your membership, please do so now. The O3C OLIS Portal is a complete new system and replaces the content from the existing Members Only Section. The O3C OLIS will consist of Club Profiles, Speakers Registry, Judges Registry and Downloads. Once all the data has been migrated over, the current Members Only Page will be removed. the O3C OLIS site can be accessed through the main navigation bar above or directly through this link: O3C OLIS A few notes:

  • User Names & Passwords from the old Members Only Page are not interchangeable with OLIS
  • The single User Name & Passwords are only for your Club Executives and not to be shared with your club members
  • Once you login, please update your club profile for content, website, Club Executive contacts
  • As you use this system more, we’d be happy to hear some feedback so we can improve it even further
  • If you haven’t received your User Name & Login by October 4th, please contact our Club Secretary, Bob Wilson.

O3C OLIS References to get you started:

  • O3C OLIS FAQs
  • O3C OLIS Walk Through & Demo VIDEO

2021 O3C Judges Courses Announced

We will be conducting 2 courses in the fall of 2021.

O3C How to Judge/Judges in Training Course. October 16, 2021: This will be a full day, online course for anyone who competes, wants to get the insight into the judging process or if you are enrolled in the O3C Judges in Training Program. Cost: $110. Class Size: 25.

O3C Judges Refresher/Update. October 23, 2021: This is a long half day course available to all current O3C Judges that are within their 5 year cycle. Covers progress and improvements, presentation on Photography as Fine Art, Understanding and Judging Creative images, Critiquing Photo Essays. No cost for current O3C Judges. Class Size: 25. (Note: a second course is considered for November as well as another in Spring 2022)

Note: Both of these courses are full. You can still leave your name on a wait list in case of a cancellation. See details on our Judges Seminar Page: https://o3c.ca/judges/

O3C Photo Tours with Phototourtrekkers.com Updates:

  • Due to the pandemic, there have been several rescheduling of tours
  • See the new destinations for 2021, 2022 & 2023. Exciting Photo Tours to Kenya/Tanzania, Galapagos, Antarctica, Costa Rica, Tuscany and for the Northern Lights.
  • For further details, please see: https://o3c.ca/photo-tours/

Who We Are:

    • Formerly the GTCCC, Greater Toronto Council of Camera Clubs
    • The only non-profit organization uniting camera clubs in Ontario
    • We host over 35 clubs with over 3500 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
    • 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 of your club and its membership
    • Discounted pricing for Capture, Events, Seminars, Retreats
    • Special pricing on our group Photo Tours (Local & International)
    • Product & Retail Sponsor Discounts
  • To Join, please visit https://o3c.ca/join/

2020-2021 Club Membership Renewals are now open.

The Current fee schedule for annual membership is as follows:

  • 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 deadline is September 1st.
  • Club fees due upon registration

Each season, there is usually a change in Club Executives and Responsibilities, please fill out the contact information for all of your Executives 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 Club Secretary, Bob Wilson know. (secretary@o3c.ca). Clubs that have not renewed by September 15, 2020 will be automatically disconnected from accessing Member content from the O3C website. Renewals can be done online at: https://o3c.ca/join/renew-memberships-with-occc/