We have lined up initial support to get our calendar idea off the ground. For years we discussed putting together our own fabulous photos of cats whose proceeds would goes towards wildlife preservation and one of the many Big Cat sanctuaries.
We have some wonderful photos that have been collected over the years. And a number of friends we’ve met on safari have sent their best images as well. We thought we’d have a Gallery available so readers can vote on their favorites, and then the Top 12 vote getters will be featured in the calendar.
For any photos contributed by others, we will need a waiver signed to provide rights for usage of the image(s).
If you would like to submit a photo for consideration, please do the following:
- Send a high resolution photo with protection for the image.
- Provide the details, where taken, when, any important facts/info.
- Your name as you would like it to be displayed on the calendar if selected. You may want your name to remain anonymous which is fine, just let us know.
- Download the waiver, fill it out and include it with your submission.
- Email high resolution image to use to upload to Gallery.
- Please submit photos by December 31, 2016.
As photos come in, we will post in the Gallery. We hope you come back often to the site to check out submissions.
We are looking for location, national and international sponsors and welcome any suggestions. We thought a sponsor for each month would enable us to have funds to produce an initial run of 25K calendars and still make a profit for a sizable contribution. If we did a second run, which does bring the cost down a bit, if the sales for the first run are successful, we can then use the proceeds to pay for the second run which will then be all profit to increase the final donation amount even further.
Many of the sanctuaries operate on government funding. Private monies are often used to supplement the monies allocated which are often far short of what is actually needed to run the parks successfully. We’d like to earmark the money for a special project or something very clear we can point to.
Some parks allow you to sponsor the food for one of the animals for a year or have a section of the park have a dedicated plaque. We are weighing all options and look forward to any suggestions.
We’ve also explored wildlife rescues which are often situations where funds are not available to save an injured animal and transport them to a sanctuary that will take them. Sadly, many times, these animals may be put to death as their environment is not safe for them or if there are individuals nearby and there is not adequate safety, the authorities must choose saving human life over wildlife.
We look forward to exploring the many options available but are so excited to have this opportunity to invite our friends to submit their best images for inclusion in our project.
We look forward to hearing from you!