Monday, April 6th – Deadline for Image of the Year Competition Entries

The deadline for your submissions for Image of the Year is on April 6th.  A member may submit any image that earned either a Gold, Silver or Honourable Mention ribbon in regular competitions, including digital representations of print entries. In addition, each member may submit 2 entries that earned a score of 18 or more points. All entries must have been submitted in the current competition year. For example, a member who received a total of 4 ribbons may submit a total of 6 entries (4 ribbon-winning images plus 2 other images which scored 18 or more points = 6 images).

Sunday March 15 – Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton 10 AM

When: 10 AM Sunday March 15

What: Westfield Heritage Village is a recreated Pioneer town with 35 historical buildings. Lots of architecture photography. The Village’s annual Maple Syrup Festival will be operating on this date. Buildings will be open to the public. 

Village website is

Directions from Toronto: Take QEW west to Burlington, take Hwy. 403 west towards Hamilton. Take Hwy. #6 north to Hwy. #5. Turn left on Hwy. #5 and then right on Hwy. #8 to (Kirkwall Road (also referred to as Regional Road 552) just past Rockton. Turn right and follow 1.5 kilometres. Driving time is about an hour from QEW/Highway 427

Admission is $12.00, Seniors $10.00

Sunday March 1 – Ontario Place Winter Lights Festival

When: Sunday March 1st 6:00 PM

Where: Ontario Place, Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto.

What: Ontario Place Winter Light Exhibition – a collection of lighted outdoor artworks, set in the natural winter environment of the Ontario Place grounds. 

Subject Matter: Night photography, cityscapes, Ontario Place architecture, people

More Info:

Meet at the West Entrance, at the south end of the pedestrian bridge over Lakeshore Blvd. Access the footbridge from the CNE grounds immediately east of the Better Living Center, east side of Ontario Drive.

Sunset is at 6:06 PM. Although the weather may be cloudy, if we are lucky, we will get some colour in the sky at sunset. In any event, we will have the “blue hour” and then night conditions.

Admission is free. Tripods and flash are permitted.

Parking – There may be parking on site, but recommend larger lots on the CNE grounds immediately to the north. Enter northwards from Lake Shore Blvd via Ontario Drive, or come south from Dufferin Street through the CNE grounds. Parking fees seem to vary depending on what’s going on at Liberty Grand and the Better Living center.

Ontario Place amenities that will be open – skating rink, bonfire, food concessions. This is a very family friendly venue.

Dress warmly – the campfire is a great place to warm up. 

Watch the ECC web site for change of plans in the event of freezing rain or serious bad weather. Or text Paul at 416 571 6175.

Reminder – Hamilton Museum of Steam Technology Sunday February 23rd

Reminder: Our outing to the Steam Museum is this Sunday, February 23rd. The Steam Museum is located at 900 Woodward Ave, Hamilton. Take the QEW over the Burlington Skyway. After crossing the skyway bridge, take the first exit to the right which is Woodward Ave. Turn left at the end of the ramp, cross over Nikola Tesla Blvd. The museum driveway is the first on the left after crossing the bridge. Google Maps says driving time from QEW/427 is roughly 40 minutes. Our booking begins at 10:30 AM. We have exclusive use of the facility until the public opening at noon. Tripods are allowed until 12 noon, but to protect the wood floors in the powerhouse (which date from 1859) please ensure that they are kept on the carpeted areas, or bring something soft to place under the legs. Our photo permit allows us to photograph for non-commercial use only. If anyone has not registered, there is still time to sign up to attend. Contact Paul at I will collect admission at the door – as we have met the minimum number, the cost will be about $6 per person I have cc’d those who gave their email – If anyone is looking for others to carpool with, you can reply via Reply All and see who might be interested. Hope to see you there!

O3C Open Challenge Competition UPDATE

1. Deadline for digital submissions will be May 30th. The digital copy of your print will also be due then, but the actual print will be submitted in September before the first O3C meeting (likely Sept. 26th, but actual deadline to be announced). The price per submission is go up to $3.00 from $2.00, with a cap of $30.00 on all submissions. NB. To allow time for the submission of the images, they must be given to June West, our O3C Rep on or before April 27th, our last meeting before the Annual Banquet.

2. There will be no changes to the twelve existing categories or rules governing those categories. See the O3C rules already posted in this space for 2019.

3. The Awards will be announced on Nov. 27th or 28th, 2020 at which time all accepted images will be projected. This will be a morning event with snacks available, but the venue is still to be decided. A cineplex theatre in Mississauga is one option being considered.

4. The topic for the new Theme category is Lines and Curves. Explanation to follow soon.

O3C Open Challenge Competition

Deadlines for O3C 2020 Open Challenge Competition Digital and Print Entries.

April 27 Bring prints for Open Challenge Competition on or before our last ECC meeting to give to June West so she can take them to the May 23rd O3C Rep Meeting. Read rules about Print size, depth and other restrictions from 2019 O3C Open Challenge Competition Rules. Digital entries must also be submitted on or before April 27, our last club meeting. Members are each allowed 12 entries, print and digital combined.

Nov. 28 2020 Awards Presentation (Sunday Morning/ Afternoon) Location to be determined.

Monday, February 3rd – Peter Van Rhijn “Landscapes, Large and Small” Presentation

On Monday, February 3rd, don't miss our Guest Speaker, Peter Van Rhijn who will be presenting "Landscapes, Large and Small". Learn how to take large and intimate landscape Images and how to edit and optimize using Peter's special ingredients!

Part of his talk will be covering how awareness of the “Ingredients for great images” can help photographers make better images in Pre-and Post-production. The Ingredients (more than just composition) is a one-page exhibit on his website:

Please take a moment to look over his “ingredients” to fully get the most of his presentation.

There will be a 50/50 draw that night.  Only $5 for 3 tickets!
Parking free! Guest fee of $10.