The 2015 calendar. The 2017 calendar will be launched on 10 October 2016.
London will be revealed from a new perspective when the Cafe Art 2017 MyLondon calendar is unveiled at Spitalfields Arts Market
on Monday 10 October, 2016.
The photos in the calendar will be created from a five-day photography contest in early July
. One hundred people affected by homelessness will be given single-use (also known as 'disposable') cameras. With training and support from members of The Royal Photographic Society
, the contest is expected to produce more than 3,000 images of London as seen from the perspectives of people affected by homelessness.
Public choose 2017 calendar photos
Connecting people through photography
The back cover of the MY LONDON 2015 calendar
All the winning photographers will be involved in the calendar production, providing stories and photographs as one of the aims of the project is to connect people through the narratives as well as the images. Homelessness can affect many people and everyone has a different story. The goal of this calendar is to increase understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness in a positive way.
This year 7,000 calendars will be printed, up from 3,000 when we began in 2013
. Last year's calendar raised more than £25,000 for the vendors, photographers and art groups,
with the remaining income going back into the project. All the winners in the exhibition receive a prize: £50 for the photographs in the exhibition and £100 for the ones in the calendar. Two winning photos, the judges' choice and the public choice, will receive £150 each. All the prize money comes from income earned from the sale of the 2015 calendar. The Royal Photographic Society is also donating prizes for the 2nd and 3rd judges' choices and the 2nd and 3rd public choices.
From 10 October participants in the contest will be able to sell the calendar for £9.99. The sales model will be the same as the Big Issue magazine: vendors will start off with a free calendar to sell, then they can buy them for £5 and sell for £9.99. Last year the vendors earned more than £12,000 for themselves in this way.
The goal of this project is to empower people to help themselves and gain confidence while earning money for themselves at the same time.
Order the calendar and photographs today here. They will be sent out in early October.