Well, what a year we've had so far. Fortunately it didn't stop you all submitting lots of awesome photos for the 2021 Strong Island Calendar. There may of been fewer people in the photos, and more sunrises and sunsets than ever before as people took advantage of their limited time outdoors during lockdown, but once again we saw an unprecedented amount of entries.
With over 1800 photos submitted for our 8th edition it was most certainly a daunting task to select 37 photos for the final calendar. No easy task I can assure you and with over 20 hours spent pulling the final design together and talking with the photographers the result is something we are once again really proud of. With a fantastic selection of new and familiar entrants, our 2021 Calendar features a broad range of professional and amateur photographers, with many of the selected photos being shot on phones.
Our 2021 Calendar features photographs from the following people:
Andrew Malbon / Anna Chalk / Ben Atkins / Charlotte Smith / Chris Levinsohn / Christine Matchett / David Tuckwell / Elaine Phillips / Grzegorz Kopacz / Howard Hurd / Ian Pears / Jakub Grzesik / John Ainsworth / Jon Tyrrell / Leon Slater / Louis Stacey / Maddalena Rea / Mark Butler / Matthew Ponsford / Max Williams / Michael M. Mackenzie / Michelle Lucocq / Paul Scott / Petula Munro / Richard Malec / Sarah Marston / Sean Lobban / Sue Woodbridge / Tom Benjamin / Vicky L Brown / Will Frost
Each A4 fold out calendar is ring-bound with antique brass and printed on 300sgm Fedrigoni Arcoprint. This wood-free paper has a high-tech, cool white base guaranteeing excellent printability and is held in very high regard in publishing and printing industries. The guys at RIPE certainly delivered with this paper stock. It not only looks amazing as the print finish is second to none, but it feels really premium. Using an in-house HP Indigo 7800 digital press it sets the standard for premium quality digital print. Using liquid ink rather than dry toner powder, the print quality is on par with traditional lithographic printing with the benefits of less waste, which is of course great news for the environment.
Our calendars come in a Kraft button tie envelope with a hand stamped Strong Island logo so they are ready to pop in the post or give as a gift.
Supplier costs have sadly increased again this year. We have done our best to absorb the cost with both the calendar and packaging. The following images are a visual representation of the final calendar only, but all the photographs are as they will appear in the final physical copies.