2017-12-09 / News

Calendar Contest Goes Digital

After a one-year hiatus, the Seasons of Mackinac calendar photo contest will return to the Winter Festival this February. Entries will be accepted only in digital form, organizers say, in the hopes of increasing participation, which has dwindled in recent years.

Mackinac Island Recreational Development (MIRD) organizes the calendar and photo contest with proceeds going to Island recreation facilities and programs, primarily Great Turtle Park. All proper entries submitted to mirdcalendar.com along with a $3 entry donation by Saturday, January 20, will be considered for the 2020 calendar.

Last winter, the photo contest was cancelled, as the digital submission system was still being developed. At the time, Recreational Development volunteer Barb Fisher said inconsistencies in the size and quality of submissions was complicating the selection process. Under the new system, photos must be at least 8- inches by 10-inches, or 1,800 by 2,250 pixels, but no prints will be accepted.

For those intimidated by computer lingo, a full-size image from a digital camera should achieve these dimensions. The old system required all participants to submit a physical print on glossy paper, along with a negative or digital copy. Mrs. Fisher said she hopes this new method will make the quality of entries more uniform.

The public will select entries during the Mackinac Island Winter Festival. For the contest, the photographs are arranged by season on tables in the Mackinac Island Public School library. Attendees will be invited to vote for their favorites, to be compiled into the 37th annual Seasons of Mackinac calendar for 2020. At least 13 photographs will be selected, including one the cover.

Mrs. Fisher has been involved with since its founding in the 1970s. The original purpose of the organization was to campaign for the construction of a city park. Since the successful development of Great Turtle Park, the organization has continued fundraising to support park improvements and with additional recreation opportunities for Island children. Other early members of MIRD include Laura Eiseler, Brenda Bunker, Kathleen Rickley, Anneke Myers, and Leanne Brodeur.

Those interested in submitting photographs for the 2020 calendar should visit mirdcalendar.com. All photographs must be horizontal and in one of five standard file formats. The $3 entry donation is charged through PayPal, but a PayPal account is not required to process the payment.

In place of the usual selection process, the 2019 calendar is a special Vintage Edition compiled by MIRD volunteers from the Mackinac State Historic Parks’ archives. The 2018 photograph winners, selected during the 2016 Winter Festival, are as follows:

January: “Blanket of Winter Covers West Bluff” by Sam Garrow of Marquette.

February: “Mackinac Taxi Service in the Snow” by Jane Arndt of Big Rapids.

March: “Father Marquette Statue in the Quiet of Winter” by Carrie Kaminen of Mackinac Island.

April: “Newly Reconstructed Fort Holmes Overlooking the Straits” by Jane Arndt of Big Rapids.

May: “Bright Tulips Welcome the Grand Hotel Opening” by Alisa Sackett of St. Ignace.

June: “Fragrant Lilacs Greet Island Visitors” by Lynn Leone of Macomb.

July: “Island Team and Coworker Enjoying Lunch Break” by Mark Sawatski of Herndon, Virginia.

August: “Early Morning Delivery at Horn’s” by Gary Baker of Kalamazoo.

September: “Saddle Horses Sneaking a Snack at the Biddle House” by Sam Garrow of Marquette.

October: “Peace Garden Surrounded by Fall Splendor” by Karen Snyder of Niles.

November: “Late Fall Color on Cadotte Avenue” by Karen Breitschuh of Macomb.

December: “Festive Main Street Lights Herald the Season” by Susan Madden of Onaway.

Cover photographs: “Summer and Winter Contrast of Windermere Point” by Sam Garrow of Marquette.

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