The Sidney Sister Cities Association (SSCA) is once again gearing up to produce a calendar showcasing Sidney’s charm and featuring some of area’s most talented amateur and professional photographers.
The calendars, which are made up annually out of photos submitted to a committee within the SSCA, are sold by the association as a fundraiser to help with programming they run in conduction with the Town’s sister cities of Cairns, Australia, Niimi, Japan and Anacortes, Washington.
“The funds raised go towards projects we run including two $1,000 scholarships to Parkland students who will travel to Cairns as ambassadors of our town,” explained SSCA member and calendar committee chair Bob McLure, adding that the SSCA is also involved with artist in residence projects with Cairns, among other things.
“We’re hoping to foster better relationships with our sister cities because of these types of international exchanges,” said McLure.
The calendar project will see photo submissions being accepted until the end of the month (noon on Wednesday, April 30) to McLure and the submissions will then be reviewed by a panel.
Winning photos will be selected using a blind selection process, said McLure.
Criteria for selection, he continued, include quality, subject matter and how well each photograph illustrates the charm of Sidney.
“People don’t have to be professional photographers to submit photos and an individual may submit as many photos as they wish.”
People who wish to submit photos can send them by mail or drop them off by hand to McLure at 9–2235 Harbour Rd., Sidney, V8L 2P7. Photos must be printed on 4×6 inch photographic paper (glossy and borderless) and the photographer must be clearly identified on the back of the photo by name, phone number and email address.
File information as follows also must be included on the back of the photo: whether the photo was shot in RAW, TIFF or JPEG format and the megapixel size as well as the camera brand and model.
Any visible people in the photos must sign a release which should be included.
The calendars will be released on the July long weekend and will be for sale at the Town of Sidney, Tanners Books, Pebbles Gift Shop and the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, among others.
This year’s focus will be to select a photo for the calendar’s cover that sums up Sidney’s character, said McLure.
“We are looking for people to capture the charm and small town atmosphere of Sidney,” he said.
For more information visit www.sidneysistercitiesassociation.com or call McLure at 250-654-0488.