2020 Open Challenge Competition

2020 Open Challenge Competition

The Open Challenge Competition is open to all members of an O3C Club. There are 12 categories including prints as well as an annual Theme Topic.

Members can enter a maximum of 12 entries in any combination quantity per categories they wish. Cost is $3 per entry up to a maximum of $30 per entrant for up to 12 entries.

Categories are: Nature Birds, Nature Animals, Nature Botany, Nature Landscapes/Geology, Expansive Views, People, People in Action, Architecture, Pictorial, Creative Vision, Prints and the Theme Topic of “Lines & Curves”.

There are individual Category awards of First, Second, Third and Honourable Mentions. There are also individual Specialist Award for each of the Category. There is one Diversity Photographer of the Year award. There are 12 Club Awards for each of the Categories as well as one Overall Club Award for highest point accumulation.

Entry submissions to be made by the Club – information packages will be sent out to all Club Reps by our Data Manager.

Please download and Rules and Guidelines below.

A letter from the Open Challenge Chair,

Re: 2020 Open Challenge Cancelled.

These are trying times as we go against our social nature to spend time with family and friends but due to health risks are forced to self isolate.

This situation has effected all member Clubs in the O3C with the challenging Covid-19 situation. Many have closed down completely for the season. Some are using online technologies to keep their members engaged. But overall, we find that people have other serious matters to contend with and photography isn’t a priority.

The O3C Board has had a serious discussion regarding the upcoming deadline for the 2020 Open Challenge. We’ve received input from some clubs and also some suggestions to alter the competition. Most clubs have stated that they may not be able to participate at all due to logistical reasons caused by the pandemic.

We’ve considered the various options and with the high uncertainty of the near future, it would have been speculative to take a “wait and see” approach. Changing the parameters of the competition to only digital was considered, but not accepted as prints are a vital component of our art and should not be excluded.

Even though a majority of the judging can be done online, there are aspects that have to be conducted live (Prints, Tie-Breaks, Awards). At this point we don’t know what the pandemic situation will be like in 2 months or 5 months.

Another major factor was that the Open Challenge was designed to engage all of our Clubs as a means to showcase their talented members. Last year, we had 25 out of 27 clubs participating in the competition. This year we have 37 clubs and it looks like a majority of them won’t be able to participate.

After considering all the options, the O3C Board has decided it’s best that we cancel the Open Challenge for this year. There is too much uncertainty and it would not be fair to everyone involved if we continued and cancelled at the last moment. We will hold it again in 2021. The Current Rules/Guidelines will remain in place for the 2021 Open Challenge with date changes. We do have to remember that we do this for fun and if major international events can be cancelled, we can surely postpone it for a year.

In the meantime, I thank you for your support and patience as we continue to manage the Covid-19 situation together.

Regards and Stay Safe. O3C