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The Birds of Earth calendars
are small and compact, built around standard 4 x 6 inch glossy photoprints.
These prints are collated and gathered to be sold in clever little cases
that unfold into display stands, or in refill packs to use with other
display and framing alternatives sold separately.
The calendar type is designed
into the composition much like a poster or magazine cover. For example:
In this sketch of a calendar
month, the subject is to one side of the layout with a fairly simple
background that isn't busy or high-contrast so the days of the week
are still quite readable. Notice that there are 3 type elements--the
month title, a squarish block of weekdays, and the credit info. These
3 elements can be separated and moved around to work for a variety of
compositions, but together they will take up roughly half of the printed
space without distracting too much from the subject bird, and still
function as a working calendar. For additional examples of photographs
that will work in this format, take a look at the images used in this
year's calendar—Birds of Earth 2012.
images of birds without much in the way of a usable background is not
recommended. Photographs with plenty ofsoft and/or mono-toned backgrounds
are easy to work type into, and are more likely to be chosen, while
photographs with busy or high contrast backgrounds make type difficult
to read and are less likely to be chosen. Unfortunately, some otherwise
fabulous photographs just don't work in this format. Some images may
be doctored slightly in Phortoshop to remove distracting branches, or
extend backgrounds. If a minor amount of creative editing becomes necessary
to use an otherwise terrific photo of yours, you will be contacted for
In the magazine and print
trade, photographs that can handle blocks of type and still have great
visual impact are called "cover shots," and cover shots are
what's needed for the Birds of Earth calendars.
Any bird or birds, from
any location on the planet, can be entered. I'll be looking for images
that go beyond your typical bird-on-a-stick portrait, in favor of images
that convey an artistic eye, some drama, a story, beautiful colors,
chicks, flight, or other visuals of bird life that still sing in this
small format. Photoshop wizardry is acceptable if it results in a great
image with identifiable birds. Illustrations that aren't primarily photographs
of actual birds won't be considered.
regular Birds of Earth Calendar is planned for 2013, with 12 different
kinds of birds from 12 different parts of the globe as well as separate
calendars for Hummingbirds of Earth, and Owls of Earth.
Entering uncropped images of Owls and/or Hummingbirds, with similar
format and subject criteria as described above, increases the likelihood
one of your images will be chosen.
For guidelines on how to
enter an image, follow the "How to Enter" link below.
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