The Scarborough Camera Club holds four submissions for competition in various divisions and categories during the club season.  The results of the competition, along with commentary, will be given at the returns meeting following the judging of the submitted photos.  At the end of the club season, a Salon meeting is held where the names of the yearly award and the Salon competition are announced.

Glossary of Terms

Here is a list of some of the terms used by the SCC and what they mean.

The “Maker” is the person who created the image being discussed / viewed / reviewed etc.  Considering that images can include photographs that are heavily edited, “Maker” is a more general term than simply photographer. 

At the Scarborough Camera Club, we have club competitions about four times a year.  Judges, who are trained and accredited through the OCCC (see the section below), come in from two or three other clubs to score all entries.  All members are welcome to attend, but you must let the submissions chair know beforehand.  This is not a competition against other members, but rather each image is judged solely on its own merit.  Each photo receives a comment from the judges about the strength of the photo and/or how the photo can be improved.  Gold, silver and honourable mentions are awarded based on the score received for an image.  These photos can be submitted for a club year end competition.  (See the Salon section.)

Challenge yourself and go for a personal best!

More information about the rules, submissions guidelines and scoring can be found on the Competitions pages.

This is the night where all photos (prints and digital) are displayed to the club members and scores, awards and comments are announced.  This is a great way to improve your photography, as about 100 images will be reviewed and you will hear the judges feedback.

Members’ Night
‘Members’ Nights are meetings in which SCC members are invited to informally present a few recent photos to be viewed by the entire club.  Some members’ nights are open to any photos while some focus on a central theme.  Bring in any photos you want to show off. These nights are usually well attended and a large number of people like to participate.  It’s a great way to get to know other people in the club and for them to get to know you.  Just throw your photos on a USB stick for the submissions chair and voila! Share away.

This is the Ontario Council of Camera Clubs.  It is a non-profit organization uniting camera clubs in Ontario.  For more information, their website is

The OCCC consists of member clubs (including Scarborough Camera Club). They promote and facilitate various events of common interest throughout the year.

The OCC also:
  – offers and train the judges that are used by member clubs for their club competitions;
  – provides a list of speakers for the clubs to approach for various expertise in area of photography;
  – offers an inter-club competition between all the member clubs, the Open Challenge, every year (March);
  – hosts an educational day with an awards gala dinner (April);
  – Offer an educational workshop trip over a weekend in the fall (October);
  – participates in an intra-regional competition with our neighbor, the Niagara Frontier Regional Clubs (November).

Open Challenge
This is the OCCC competition open to all club members. In 2017, over 3,000 images were submitted for competition.  The SCC participates and members are encouraged to submit any gold and silvers they have obtained at the club level.  The club covers the cost of entry.

You may also submit other photos at an additional cost, up to the maximum allotment per maker.  The contact person for the club is the OCCC representative.  Just ask around and we will try and point you in the right direction.

Here’s the guidelines and costs regarding all the categories and such

This is the yearly club competition and where the yearly awards are given.  Photos submitted for competition throughout the year can be ‘polished’ by the maker based on the comments by judges and submitted for this year end competition.  Salon judging is not open to observers and guests. 

Outings, as the name implies, are trips away from the normal meeting room that provide an opportunity to explore different photographic locations and share ideas and techniques.  Outings can last from a few hours, a day, or in some cases, a few days (weekend).  Outings are periodically scheduled throughout the year.  

Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is made up of a combination of executive members and committee chairs. The executive members such as the president, vice-president and treasure are responsible for the overall club constitution and finances.  The committee chairs such as speakers and outings are responsible for the various aspects of club meetings and gatherings.


Still not sure about something?

If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to one of the executive committee members at our next meeting.