Calling all homeschool photographers! One of the independent projects we recommend for homeschoolers is the monthly Wikimedia Commons Photo Challenge. The February challenge is now open and the announced themes are “Knots” and “Lunar/Lunisolar New Year.” You can see sample photos and learn how to submit your own entry here:
- ➢ Commons Photo Challenge – Open Themes (updated monthly)
The Wikimedia Commons Photo Challenge encourages people to take and submit high-quality images to the public Wikimedia Commons database, the source from which Wikipedia and many other websites (including ours) draw their images. Once you’ve registered and submitted an entry, you can also participate in the selection of future themes and in the voting for the monthly winners.
If you have enthusiastic young photographers in your home academy, why not encourage them to sign up and submit an entry. Working on a specific theme over a period of a few weeks is a great way for students to develop both their technical camera skills and their visual composition skills. And if your students submit a number of entries over time they can assemble a personal portfolio page to show off their work — that would be good experience in how to create a professional presentation of yourself for future employment or college admissions.
What photographic, artistic, and scientific discoveries have you and your students made in your homeschool this Orion Term? 😊
❡ Samples to study: You can find a complete archive of the themes, entries, and winners from previous years on the Wikimedia Commons Photo Challenge website. 🏅
❡ Explore more: The “Noted Personalities” section of your recommended world almanac includes a long list of “Artists, Photographers, and Sculptors of the Past.” Why not pick out a photographer or two to research each month, either online or on your next visit to your local library — it would be a great way to give your students a little extra artistic inspiration. 📸
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