Calendar photography submissions

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Iowa is a photographer’s dream: stunning landscapes, remarkable wildlife and spectacular natural moments. Every year, INHF celebrates this beauty in a nature calendar. We love highlighting the best of what Iowa has to offer and seeing our great state through your eyes—and lens.

We are now accepting submissions for the 2017 calendar.

If you’re interested in submitting photos for consideration before the July 1 deadline, you’ll find helpful resources on our website for more information. Also make sure to review our general photo submission guidelines. Questions should be directed to Kerri Sorrell at ksorrell@inhf.org or 515-288-1846, ext. 24.

2016 calendars have arrived!

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Each year, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation releases a calendar that highlights Iowa’s beautiful, natural landscapes. The 2016 calendars have arrived!

The calendar is filled with fun: 60 dates of Iowa events like RAGBRAI and the Iowa State Fair, plus lots of nature events for all ages taking place throughout Iowa. The calendar is always designed by a Robert R. Buckmaster graphic design intern. This years designer is Phong Doung, a Drake University recent graduate.

Calendars are $12 and can be purchased online. Members: Use the discount code “acornlove” for 10% off your order!

If you are one of our 7,000+ members and have given $25 or more this year, you will receive your calendar in the mail soon! Continue reading

Submit your photos for our 2016 calendar!

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Every year, INHF celebrates the natural beauty found all over Iowa in a 12-month nature calendar. We love highlighting the best of what Iowa has to offer—scenery, wildlife and spectacular natural moments. The best part about it? Seeing our great state through your eyes—and lens.

We’ve officially opened our photo submission period for the 2016 INHF calendar! We can’t wait to see your best shots of all the Iowa land, water and wildlife you love. 

If you’re interested in submitting photos for consideration before the July 1 deadline, you’ll find helpful resources on our website for more information. Also make sure to review our general photo submission guidelines. Questions should be directed to Kerri Sorrell.

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Wordless Wednesday – 2015 Nature Calendar

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It’s that time of year again to begin the process of creating the 2015 INHF annual nature calendar! The photo submissions are in, and we are currently narrowing down the selection of photos that will be featured in this upcoming year’s calendar. If you would like more information on imprints for your company or are interested in purchasing a calendar, visit our website here.

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REMINDER: 2015 Calendar photography deadline approaching

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Every year, INHF celebrates the natural beauty found all over Iowa in a 12-month nature calendar. Photographers submit thousands of photos in hopes of showcasing their beautiful work in our calendar, and the deadline for the 2015 calendar is fast approaching.

If you’re interested in submitting photos for consideration before the June 1 deadline, you’ll find helpful resources on our website for more information. Linked here, you’ll also find a PDF of our photography guidelines and suggestions. Any further questions can be directed to me, at designintern@inhf.org.

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Call for submissions: 2015 INHF Calendar

INHF_Calendar_2014_CoverEvery year, INHF celebrates the natural beauty found all over Iowa in a 12-month nature calendar. We love highlighting the best of what Iowa has to offer—scenery, wildlife and spectacular natural moments. The best part about it? Seeing our great state through your eyes—and lens.

The calendar photo submission period for the 2015 INHF calendar is officially open! We’re looking for your best shots of all the Iowa land, water and wildlife you love.  Continue reading

Making the INHF 2014 Calendar

The premiere project for any design intern at INHF is the annual nature calendar. It’s a big task to tackle, from collecting submissions from Iowa photographers and working with the printers to the smallest of details, like photo captions. From beginning to end, it’s an intricate process, but the results are something beautiful.

STEP 1: Photos submissions (Spring)
Each year, INHF sends out a call for calendar submissions to a long list of Iowa nature photographers. After we receive all the submissions (usually by April or May), it’s time to start sifting through the choices and narrowing down our favorites. In 2013 alone we received over 500 photographs – we had our work cut out for us! We sort the photographs by season/month they were taken, and then determine 4-5 finalists for each month after that. [ If you’d like to receive an email call for calendar submissions, email me at designintern@inhf.org to add your name to our list of photographers! ]

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Sorting through pages and discs of photo submissions.

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Narrowing down the finalists in the intern office – it’s usually a collaborate process.

Photo selection is a stressful process that involves multiple rounds of choices. It’s important to take a puppy break every now and then.
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STEP 2: Design (Spring + Summer)
After the communications team narrows down the 12 final photos, the design intern (me) puts the creative juices into motion. Calendars require a lot of things that need to fit on a page, and it’s important to use space efficiently and beautifully. This year, it was important to me that our members have as much space as possible to make notes and write in the date squares – we want the calendar to be functional AND beautiful!

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STEP 3: Iowa events (Summer)
One of my favorite things about the INHF calendar is the specific Iowa events we include for each month. Our goal is for all our members to engage with our great state, and we love supporting local county conservation boards and nature centers. It’s my job to call each of Iowa’s 99 counties to find events – big and small – to include on the calendar.

STEP 4: Writing & send off (Fall)
We send our calendar to members as a year-end thank you – we wouldn’t be able to do our work without your support and generosity. The calendar is a small token of our appreciation. Once all of the design, captions, text and photos are compiled, we send it off to the printers, ready to deliver to our members in time for the next calendar year!

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The finished product! It’s great to see all of our hard work pay off!

The 2014 calendars arrived to the INHF office last week, and I’m in love with how they turned out. Make sure to keep a look out in your mailbox soon for your own copy!

 

Calendars make great holiday gifts. To order extras, contact us at 515-288-1846.