Over the next year we are seeking the best picture taken each month. The subject is - the month in question!
So, as an example, for June the winning picture will be the one that best illustrates June. Like this:
And the best pictures will feature in our GADC 2024 calendar! This is a mock up of a printed calendar page for the coming month:
Much like the RTF there will be a competition that is open to all, in this case starting on the first day of each month and running to the last day of that month… The subject will be simple - the month itself. At the end of each month a winner will be chosen by a vote open to all GADC members.
If there is enough demand the winning images will be made into a physical calendar, available for purchase for 2024. Currently the price varies according to the total number ordered from the printers - from a ludicrous £50 for one to a more reasonable £5.80 each if fifty are printed, £3.80 for one hundred. Then of course is the cost of sending them out. These are prices for a 12 page + cover A4 calendar from Saxoprint; if you know of a beeter printer or price please message us.
The alternative is a free, downloadable calendar as a pdf or png for you to print or even an add in to your own Google calendar - if anyone knows how to embed photos that change every month. Again, those with expertise in this area are welcome to advise.
Why are we starting this competition with the end result uncertain?
If we go the hard copy route we have the possibility of getting a full 12 months images to the printer by early December with the delivery to you by New Year 2024. And anyway, why not start a competition as soon as someone has a good(?) idea for it?
Obviously a condition of entry is that the contestant gives their permission for their image - if it wins! - to be used free of charge for the calendar. They will retain all other rights, including copyright. Their reward will be acknowledgement on the calendar itself and a free copy, if we go the printed route, to show off to friends and family.
Ideally each month will be illustrated by a different photographer; we know from the RTF that some names seem to crop up in the winners circle more than others. So we will allow a maximum of two winning images over the year from any one person. And, even if you do win twice, please keep on posting competition entries, we would love to see them and it would be great pour encourager les autres!
As it is a GADC Pilots’ calendar all shots must be taken by a drone, flying such that it is obvious that the aircraft is well above ground. And, take note, standard still pictures in landscape format only please, it is quite challenging to print 360 panoramas or videos on the kind of paper we intend to use.
Calendar Pilots. And, for those of you remembering that film withHelen Mirren, Julie Walters and all thosee bare naked WI ladies in and thinking it would be fun to emulate it -