Anna Atkins tribute calendar – the calendar is here!

As many cyanotypers know, Anna Atkins was a pioneer and the first person to make a book with photographs. We are announcing a call for entries to create cyanotypes in Anna Atkins’ style. 12 cyanotypes will be selected for a calendar.

Unlock the beauty of nature with Anna Atkins

180 years ago, in 1843, the first book of photographs was published by Anna Atkins. To mark this we want to make a diary or calendar of “Anna Atkins’ tribute prints” that is leaves, plants, feathers and lace arranged in a print.

The plan is to sell the calendar in 2024 and in any subsequent years, any profits from sales of the calendar will contribute towards the costs of running 

How to prepare:

Print by Anna Atkins
Print by Anna Atkins. Creative commons license.

About the event:

  • Opens: Open NOW!
  • Deadline: 16th of March (Anna Atkins’ birthday), midnight, your own timezone
  • It is free to enter, one entry per person, and the event is open to Supporting Members. If you are unsure if you are a member, email us at and we’ll look it up.
  • Enter by filling out the entry form here if you have any problems with the form or can’t sign in, email us on talk(at)  and we’ll help.

About your Anna Atkins cyanotype:

  • The print has to be a cyanotype photogram.
  • It has to be in “Anna Atkins’ style“, which means plants, feathers or lace arranged on the print.
  • A label is optional but a nice touch.
  • By entering you give permission to to use your print as stated in the terms and conditions below. Make sure you read “The small print” i.e the Terms and conditions below in its entirety before you submit your work. By submitting your work you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of the agreement. If you do not agree, do not continue your submission. Our aim for this event is to publish an Anna Atkins Calendar, diary or/and or journal depending on how many submissions we get. We may publish the diary, calendar and/or journal for one or several years. It may be used in different forms such as a wall calendar, desk calendar, journal or diary depending on how many Works are submitted. You will not receive monetary compensation for your work, any profits will go towards running Your work will be published with the proper credit. We may or may not also use your work on our website, social media channels and newsletter to promote the event.
  • The selection of the final Works to be included will be both by voting in social media and a jury consisting of Malin Fabbri, Christina Z. Andersson, Annette Golaz, Christoper James and Rolf Sachsse.

How to submit your cyanotype for the Anna Atkins tribute event

  1. Read the terms and conditions below.
  2. Fill out the entry form here, we will ask for:
    • Your name, the title of the image
    • Your email (only for our communication)
    • Your social media you would like us to link to: Instagram (optional), Facebook (optional) and your website (optional), and it will be displayed like this:
      Malin Fabbri (name)
      Geranium petals (title)
      @alternativephotography_com (Instagram handle) (Facebook name) (website)
  3. Anna Atkins calendar sizePrepare the image, like this:
    • Size the image a minimum of 3305 pixels LONGEST SIDE or a minimum of 2400 pixels TALLEST SIDE. Larger is fine, we can reduce it. Smaller will be pixelated. See the formats below for how it may appear.
    • Name the file: “YourFirstName YourSecondName – Title.jpg” for example “Malin Fabbri – Geranium petals.jpg”. Please double-check the info before you send it. We get very confused when we get several emails with “Oops… I forgot…”
    • Email your print to if your image is huge send it all by Dropbox (free account), WeTransfer or another file transfer service.

When we receive your entry, you will get a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation within a week, check with us at

What happens after you sent your cyanotype?

  • Your entry will be added to the Anna Atkins tribute gallery where you can see all the entries.
  • At the beginning of March, we will also post them on our social media channels.
  • After the event closes on the 16th of March the jury will gather to select 12 prints. (If there are a huge amount of entries, we will try to make it 52 somehow).
  • The winners will be announced and a calendar created for 2024. If it is popular we will create calendars for subsequent years too.

Example of what a calendar may look like:

Anna Atkins calendar
A tall (portrait) image should be sized 2400 pixels tall. Please note the top of the image ends up in the safety area and may be cropped. The small red dot is where there will be a punch-hole.
Calendar image
A square image should be sized a minimum of 2400 pixels tall. Please note the top of the image ends up in the safety area and may be cropped. The label with your name and title of the image may also be placed on top of your image in a suitable place. The small red dot is where there will be a punch-hole.
Calendar image
A wide (landscape) image should be sized a minimum of 3305 pixels wide. Please note the left and right side of the image ends up in the safety area and may be cropped.

“The smallprint”: Terms and conditions aims to protect the image rights of photographers and help promote artists and alternative photographic processes.

These terms and conditions of use constitute an agreement between you (“the artist”) and (“the event organiser”, “we” OR “our”).

Work(s) refers to the image(s) or photograph(s) submitted by the artist.

Merchandise refers to any products created in relation to the event such as (but not limited to) books, journals, periodicals, diaries, notebooks, calendars and cards. Merchandise will be printed by a traditional printer or print-on-demand vendors such as Lulu, Amazon, Kindle at our discretion.



At no point do we require artists to sign over the copyright of their Work(s) and therefore artists retain all copyrights to their work at all times. However, by submitting their Work(s) the artist agrees that can use their works in Merchandise such as (but not limited to) books, journals, periodicals, diaries, notebooks, calendars and cards.
The artist also agrees to their Work(s) being used on’s website, social media platforms and newsletters, or in any other medium, at our discretion. Artists will be credited for their works.


All applications must be received by 11:59pm (your own timezone), the 16th of March 2023. Applications received after this time cannot be considered. Selected artists will be contacted latest by 31st March 2023. Selected artists by the event organiser and jury will be announced on the website and its social media channels and/or newsletter.
The Merchandise will be produced after this and available for purchase on the website and on selected print-on-demand vendors.

Submission fees

Submission is free of charge, though there is a requirement that artists are Supporting Members. is a non-profit and the Membership directly contributes to the running of the website and promoting alternative photographic processes and artists.

The entry

Third party releases

You shall be solely responsible for your own Submissions and the consequences of posting or publishing them. In connection with your Submissions, you affirm, represent, and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, and permissions to submit.

If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the applicant and/or that are subject to the rights of third parties’ and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the applicant is responsible for obtaining any and all releases and consents if necessary to permit the publication, exhibition and use of the photograph.

Submitting artists agree that they created the Work(s) and/or that they are authorised to use the Work(s) as submitted, co-authors and as relevant original sources should be referenced or credited and that our use of the Work(s) for the event or PR or publication will not infringe on third party’s copyright or other rights.

Image release for publishing

All submitted entries may be published by in Merchandise derived from the event, on our website, on social media, in book reviews and in magazine reviews. The Work(s) may also be used in promotion, publicity, news, or informational education or awareness usage of

By participating, all applicants grant usage of images and acknowledge that we may use the entries and a name credit in any media before, during and after, without restriction in relation to the uses stated above. We will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.


Applicants agree to be bound by these Official Rules;

  1. The decision of the selection panel and jury is final.
  2. We may use submitted Work(s) and the artist name in any publicity or advertising relating to the event or future promotions without compensation or approval.
  3. We may use submitted Work(s) and the artist’s name in Merchandise relating to the event, in any re-publication, additional editions, volumes or special editions of the Merchandise in any following years without compensation or approval.
  4. Entries are void if the entry is determined not to be an original or to be referenced, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft. It may also be refused if it does not meet the expected quality.
  5. In the event that a selected applicant wins any event-related prize then is found ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and the event organisers may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.
  6. We reserve the right to amend or extend the submission deadline at our sole discretion. Should this be the case, details will be posted via the website and/or our social media and/or newsletter.

Right to cancel

We reserve the right to cancel scheduled events.

Anna Atkins tribute event

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