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Congratulations on your choice to deliver the 2020 Summer Camp Bondar Challenge program! Welcome Aboard!

The Summer Camp Bondar Challenge offers a unique online Toolkit for leaders delivering the Challenge. A brief explanation of the specific content is available from the links in this Table of Contents.

Table of Contents

Rules and Regulations
Training Resource Video
Trainer Guide
Photography Guide
Activity Corner
EcoSeek Camera Tip Cards
EcoSeek Generator Deck
Artist’s Statement Cards
Learning Guide
Lesson Plan Ideas
Supplementary Environment Support
EcoSeek Judges Cards
What’s so interesting in a photograph?
Fuji FinePix CAMERA SUPPORT
Nikon Coolpix CAMERA SUPPORT
SONY Cyber-shot CAMERA SUPPORT


 

Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations for the 2020 Summer Camp Bondar Challenge “CONNECTING WITH THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT”. Along with the Rules and Regulations, this page also includes information on Goals, Objectives, Judging Criteria, Due Dates for Submissions, and Awards.



 

Introductory Training Video

This Training Resource Video was produced by two former camp leaders who’ve had fun and great results with the Bondar Challenge. Spend a few minutes watching your peers, Lizzie and Carling, and you’ll know where to start and how to use the tools provided. If you need further clarity or assistance, our coordinator is available to help you. Contact her at Program Coordinator.


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Trainer Guide

This will be your go-to resource for the Bondar Challenge. It covers program details from registration through to sending us your submissions. Review this document to learn about the program timeline and the required steps to participate in the Bondar Challenge. It also includes fun activities to help campers learn about and practice photography skills.
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Read our “Getting started with your camera” infographic

Getting Started with Your Camera (77 downloads) It gives a quick overview of how to handle and operate your camera, as well as a few photographic techniques to practice.

 

Advanced Photography Guide

Have campers who are interested in taking their photography skills to the next level? Review the Advanced Photography Guide for a breakdown of the Exposure Triangle. We also included links to helpful videos for photographers of all levels!

 
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Activity Corner

Our scavenger hunts, photo bingo and alphabet activity are fun ways to practice using your device and explore the natural environment around you.
SCAVENGER HUNTS

 
ALPHABET ACTIVITY and PHOTO BINGO

 
 

 

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EcoSeek Camera Tip Cards

EcoSeek Camera Tip cards – Additional assistance for leaders to help participants compose their photographs is provided in a small set of EcoSeek Camera Tip cards included in the camp kit that will be sent to your camp.

example of EcoSeek Camera Tip cards - front (left) and back (right)

example of EcoSeek Camera Tip cards – front (left) and back (right)

EcoSeek Camera Tip Guide (56 downloads)



Take a look at our
Camera Tips download.

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EcoSeek Generator Deck

EcoSeek cards offer the group leader a range of topic, focus and difficulty for the campers in the group. Best results will increase with the leader’s familiarity with the possibilities within each EcoSeek generator deck of cards as well as within the landscape of the camp’s location.

example of EcoSeek card: front (left) and back (right)

example of EcoSeek card: front (left) and back (right)

The front of each card holds a topic suggestion of something that might be found within a camp setting.

 

  • These also serve as springboards for the leader who may know of other interesting topics available at the campsite for camper EcoSeeking.
  • For the featured topic, a certain number of topic examples is suggested. The number is a suggestion for featuring a range of experiences with a specific topic as an activity that is: stepped or sequenced, assigned to a group or team, for a self-guided/independent individual study, or for an advanced level Bondar Challenge activity.
  • The number of examples may be changed or disregarded – that’s your choice as a leader.
  • Time permitting, one or more cards can provide topic discussion, subject locating, and photographic practice before the camper makes a choice of what to photograph for their final Challenge photo subject.

 

The back of each card holds a set of questions designed to lead the “seekers” through the “eco” to find something that might attract them as a subject to photograph and also to discuss with a bit of confidence and understanding.

 

  • They are all WH-questions [who, what, when, where, why, how] that encourage thought, attention to some range of detail, and will always elicit more than a yes/no answer.
  • They are layered to add a bit of breadth and possible depth to the EcoSeeker’s thought process going into future related environmental activities.
  • They have similar structures between cards so the leader “gets” how to lead into a successful outcome by engaging directed thought and guided activity.
  • They allow an open-ended decision through an educationally shaped experience.
  • Within the EcoSeek card generator deck, the leader will find activity from short to long and simpler to more complex to accommodate the different learning styles and abilities within the group.
  • They support group, single, team, and self-directed experiences for the EcoSeeker.

 

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Artist’s Statement Cards

Artist’s statement cards – called “GEM cards” – are provided to assist the recording of photographic notes and responses to and about the photograph the camper takes. These range from beginner/entry level (Emerald) to the most advanced artistic response (Diamond). Advancing from Emerald to Ruby to Sapphire to Diamond level can be determined by the leader as he/she determines the appropriate challenge levels for participants of the Summer Camp Bondar Challenge. SEE Rules and Regulations “#7 Written Requirements”.

Each card can be filled out in pencil or pen. and camp and a suitable title the camper assigns to the photograph. This side of the card also provides technical information choices about the photographer’s camera use that are to be circled as appropriate, the way a professional photographer would record information. The back of the card helps shape the camper’s thinking and critical analysis of their work as an artist. This side includes places to record what the goal of the photograph was, what the science seems to include, why the image is important to the photographer. On this side, the student records what they could do to improve their image at a future time.

example of beginner level (Emerald) Bondar Challenge card: front (left) and back (right)

example of beginner level (Emerald) Bondar Challenge card: front (left) and back (right)

You can select the level you wish to compete in and complete the corresponding GEM card online.

Instead of filling out a GEM card, you have the option of submitting a full written statement about your image. Photographs and written statements can be emailed to our Program Coordinator.

 

Examples of artist’s statements can be seen in the work of some former Bondar Challenge winners.

 

Another example of an artist’s statement is Dr. Bondar’s discussion of some of her gallery images. Here you can see some of her photograph subjects as she talks about the biomes in which they live, along with what she considered in composing her image. Join her!
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Learning Guide

The Learning Guide is from one of The Foundation’s Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experiences. In this guide you will see images from two different ecozones, each with different examples of biomes in protected areas within Canada and Kenya. Dr. Bondar shares with you examples of what she has captured through the lens of her camera and talks about engaging the environment from a new perspective and about biodiversity and its importance. You will see how she has captured her subject, identifies patterns in nature, how she used available light, and more. The Learning Guide is packed with features. Copies of the Learning Guide included this year in your Camp Kit feature Kenya’s Masi Mara National Reserve and Oserian Sanctuary and Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park and Elk Island National Park. The Camp Kit that has been sent to your camp contact and will be made available to you. Copies of the Learning Guide are provided for each leader delivering the Bondar Challenge to share with participants. It is also included for you to keep as a thank you for taking up the Challenge!

Features detail of a Kenya/Canada Learning Guide

The Roberta Bondar Foundation Learning Guide features detail

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Lesson Plan Ideas

Lesson Plan Ideas – To help answer questions such as Where do I start?” “How do I plan the actual day(s) I deliver the Bondar Challenge in my camp setting?”

After reviewing the training video and other content of this toolkit, take a look at the sample Lesson Plans included in the toolkit. Read them carefully, adapt them as you wish for the time you have available and after you’ve become familiar with the nature areas in your camp setting.

Best prep? Walk around and check out the natural environment you are in – perhaps do that what through the lens of your own camera before you start working with the campers! If you have any questions, contact The Foundation’s Program Coordinator.

Lesson Plan Ideas

Lesson Plan Ideas

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Supplementary ENVIRONMENT SUPPORT

For supplementary ENVIRONMENT SUPPORT, here are valuable sites to explore and links to provide additional background information:

 

 

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EcoSeek Judges Cards

EcoSeek Judges cards – This additional set of cards with notes about Summer Camp Bondar Challenge entry standards is included for the camp leader as a guide to some of the components the judging committee may likely consider.

example of EcoSeek Judges cards - front (left) and backs (right)

example of EcoSeek Judges cards – front (left) and backs (right)

Judges Resources to print (36 downloads)
Take a look at our Judging Criteria to find out how our judges review and rank submissions.


 
When asked about what makes a winning entry to the Bondar Challenge, camp leaders and counsellors delivering the program have found it useful to review the rubric that follows. It was developed and then tested with several camp directors who have delivered the program and whose campers have had winning submissions. Judges use this as a guide in identifying winning entries. We hope it will be useful to camp leaders and counsellors who want to provide feedback to their campers on their photographs, particularly as they are selecting the photograph to submit to the Bondar Challenge competition.

example of Judging Rubric

example of Judging Rubric

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What’s so interesting in a photograph?

What’s so interesting? When viewing a photograph, each of us is attracted to different features that grab our attention — the subject, the lighting, the colours…. Once we have paid attention to that feature, we may notice other components. The Bondar Challenge photographer tries to accommodate many elements in composing an image to lead us to see more. The Bondar Challenge photograph engages viewers in a composition of several strong elements.

Photo preferences expressed by a gang of gallery-goers at The Roberta Bondar Foundation's Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience.


Photography fans express what they look for in an attractive image at The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience!

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Fuji FinePix CAMERA SUPPORT

For technical Fuji FinePix AV CAMERA SUPPORT, here are both video and print guides to choose from.
For video demonstration of the Fuji FinePix AV 230 and AV 500 digital cameras, check out this 3-part mini-series where you can see the “Fuji Guys” handling the camera that The Foundation presently supplies in its Camera Loan Program – the Fuji FinePix AV 230 and Fuji FinePix AX 500:

 

  • 1) “Getting Started” illustrates basic battery and camera operations.
  • 2) “Short review + Tips” illustrates several assists that include menu changing and helpful descriptions. Watch it right though once. On your second viewing, use the video player controls to pause and replay specific illustrations you want to see and even make notes for yourself.
  • 3) “Top Features” includes demonstrations of how to use many of the camera’s settings and control. These include use and manipulation of zoom, scene recognition (automatic settings for portrait, scene, programmed setting, macro, backlit subjects, landscape, etc.), the panorama mode, self-timer, and more. There’s a lot here. You’ll really need to use the video player controls to concentrate your time on the features you actually intend to use.

 

If you are more comfortable with a print manual for reference, here are downloadable camera manuals for the FinePix AV 230 digital camera [a 6.2 MB pdf download] OR for the FinePix AX 500 digital camera [a 2.1 MB pdf].
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Nikon Coolpix CAMERA SUPPORT

For technical Nikon Coolpix CAMERA SUPPORT, here is your access to the print manual references of the Nikon Coolpix digital camera series that Nikon Canada supplies The Foundation for its Camera Loan Program:

 

 

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SONY Cyber-shot CAMERA SUPPORT

For technical SONY Cyber-shot CAMERA SUPPORT, here is your access to the print manual materials & online links for the SONY Cyber-shot digital camera:

 

 
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