Sidney calendar submissions are still welcome

Photographs from residents on the Saanich Peninsula are still being accepted for a local calendar fundraiser.

Bob McLure and the 2014 calendar. Photos are being accepted for the 2017 calendar right now.

Photographs from residents on the Saanich Peninsula are still being accepted for a local calendar fundraiser.

The Sidney Sister Cities Association, in conjunction with the Town of Sidney, is taking submitted photographs for its 2017 Sidney Calendar.

Up until April 30, photographers can submit as many entries as they wish, and the calendars are out for purchase by July 1.

Past president of SSCA and chair of the calendar project, Robert (Bob) McLure said approximately 80 per cent of the calendars sold go outside of Sidney to either the mainland, other places across Canada and even international locations.

This, he said, is great publicity for Sidney.

The calendars are sold at Tanner’s Books. Store owner Cliff Tanner has been a big supporter of the effort, McLure said.

Around 1,000 calendars were sold last year. McLure said he believes them to be the biggest selling calendars in town.

“They’re good quality photos,” he told the PNR.

In their seventh year producing the calendars, McLure say more than 300 photos are submitted and around 45 photos make it into the calendar.

The resolution of the photos, he said, has gotten better and better, showing places in or around Sidney, and they have never repeated a photo.

Photos selected will represent photographic quality, subject matter and illustration of the charm of Sidney, and only photos taken in or of the Town of Sidney are eligible.

The photos are chosen by a committee of the SSCA using a blind selection process. All photographers are responsible for obtaining a signed release from any identifiable individuals in their selected photographs.

Photo submissions must be 4X6 and borderless, on glossy photographic paper. They must have the photographer’s name, phone number and email address on the back of the photo.

The deadline for submitting photos is 12 p.m. on April 30 and should be mailed or handed in person to Bob McLure, #9-2235 Harbour Road, Sidney, BC V8L 2P7.

For more photo requirements and information on submissions, people can contact mclure@shaw.ca.