General Guidelines, Agreements, Photo Tips and More



➢ Only one submission per person. If an individual submits more than one photograph, only the first one received will be posted. Please ensure that you pick your favourite natural element and photo before submitting.

➢ If you are sending an image taken on a phone or tablet, please send the largest version available. Images taken on digital cameras (point and shoot, or digital SLRs) should be 10MB or less in file size, with an image resolution 3264 X 2448px or smaller. All images will be formatted by the coordinator for optimal web use.

➢ Send jpg or jpeg images only.

➢ Descriptions should be short, one to three sentences. Participants should describe why they would like the natural element they chose to be in their environment 150 years from now. Descriptions may be edited when put on our website and will be posted with their photos in a community gallery.

➢ Email photos and written description along with full name, school & grade (if applicable), and city to the email address found on your community’s page accessed here.

➢ Choose well-composed and clearly-focused photos of the natural element that you wish will be present 150 years from now. Do not include people in your photos.

➢ Camera kits are available to groups on loan through your community contact. This contact can be found on your community’s page accessed here.

➢ The first 150 participants to send a complete entry (photo, brief description, name, city) in each community will receive a commemorative gift that can be picked up. Participants will be notified by email within a couple of weeks if they are the recipients of the gift. Due to the volume of submissions please do not contact us to inquire if you have received the gift.

➢ Submission must be received by October 31st, 2017



Participant Agreement: The Roberta Bondar Foundation (also referred to as The Foundation) respects rights related to copyright laws and intellectual property and therefore the participant retains the copyright of the image. By submitting to the Ontario 150 Bondar Challenge, the participant agrees to abide by the Guidelines including originality and takes any and all legal responsibility for breaches of copyright caused by plagiarism, intentional or otherwise. The Foundation reserves the right to disqualify inappropriate or unsuitable entries.

By entering the Challenge, the participant agrees to allow The Foundation, or any public or private agency authorized by The Foundation, to use a picture and name of the participant as well as the submission in whole or in part for any purpose including exhibition and research, for use on its website, slide show, YouTube video, in print or e-book publication form, and for marketing or promotional purposes as determined by The Foundation, without compensation of any kind. There is no signed waiver required by of participants. A signed waiver is not required.

Release of Liability: The Foundation, and/or its employees/agents involved in the Ontario 150 Bondar Challenge will not be held liable for missing, mislabeled, damaged, or non-displayed photographs. By entering a submission, the participant accepts this release.


• Stay in the same place, move camera around
• Flip camera – Landscape & Portrait
• Move around: Take your picture from side, top, other side
• Recompose – get different angles by moving your body: from below, side, top
• Take a picture of the whole area – and then take your individual shots
• Use the rule of thirds – horizontally, vertically
• Look for something different that stands out, make that the focal point of your picture
• To create interest, make your focal point off centre
• Get closer – take shots from varying distances and then up close

[1:19] Some Photo Composition Rules here include:
framing, placing your subject, angles for taking your shot, and bracketing or taking more than one photo of your subject.

[5:00] Photographer Mike Browne uses framing to demonstrate basic image composition to:
1 line up immovable objects to make a pleasing composition
2 move yourself around and LOOK at new alignments
3 move the camera – lower, sideways, tilt
4 move your height position
5 move the horizon!
6 use the viewfinder to play w/ foreground and background

[3:01] In this short film, photographer Mike Browne covers the Rule Of Thirds – one of the easiest ways to make a big difference to your photo composition.

[1:53] Photographer Mike Browne demonstrates how to use a lead-in or leading line to take your viewer into your picture and right up to your chosen point of interest.

[3:09] Photographer Steve McCurry – 9 quick composition tips — rule of thirds, leading lines, diagonals, framing, filling the frame, and more…



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Information: The Ontario 150 Bondar Challenge


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