Call for Calendar Submissions

Once again, the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust is calling on local nature photography buffs to submit your best shots for an opportunity to be part of their fourth annual calendar featuring the Nanaimo area. This year's deadline is much earlier than previously: midnight of Monday, June 17, 2008.

The calendar's editorial crew is looking for photos that showcase any of the lands that NALT has helped to protect or enhance over the past 13 years. These include: the Nanaimo River Estuary, the Van Kerkoerle property in Cassidy, Harewood Plains and Southlands, the Linley Valley, South Winchelsea Island, virtually all of the local creeks and watersheds in and around Nanaimo, Hamilton Marsh near Qualicum, the Kwel Sanctuary on Lasqueti Island, the Coates Millstone property on Gabriola Island, Mudge Island, and, of course, images of, on and from Mount Benson. Detail shots of flora or fauna as well as breath-taking panoramas are all welcome.

With the retail price reduced by 25 percent and still printed on Ancient Forest-friendly paper, the 2008 calendars sales contributed more than $11,000 to the purchase of Mount Benson – thanks in large part to sponsorship by the Foothills Estates. This year, with an early submission deadline, NALT aims to have the 2009 calendar in stores by August, in time for late summer and fall tourist season, and hopes to build on last year's success. All proceeds from the 2009 calendar sales will be applied to NALT's next land acquisition.

Photographers, please send only your five best shots with information about where each photo was taken. Photos submitted digitally must be 300 dpi when enlarged to 8.5”x 11”. In previous years, a number of excellent photos submitted were simply not high enough quality to properly enlarge. No less than a 3-megapixel camera on the highest quality is recommended. For 35mm submissions, please do not send negatives.

Photos may be emailed to, or sent to the NALT Stewardship Centre, #8 – 140 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5B1, Canada (post-marked no later than June 17th). For questions about photo requirements, call 250-714-1990. All entries will be acknowledged. If your photograph is chosen for the 2009 calendar, your name will be publicized in the calendar and you will be entitled to five free calendars.

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