At its annual awards ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens in London on September 11, International Cat Care (iCatCare) launched its stunning new charity calendar for 2016. The calendar, aptly named ‘The Beauty of Cats’ features the 12 winning entries from this year’s iCatCare photography competition.
The competition, which was run with the support of Your Cat and Digital Photographer magazines, attracted photographers from 40 different countries, collectively submitting nearly 2000 cat images. The judges agreed that regardless of age, breed or lifestyle of the cat, the photographers of the winning pictures had all captured the true beauty of their feline subjects.
The overall winning picture, which makes up the stunning calendar cover, is of a feral street cat affectionately called ‘Shy’, photographed by Hon Wa Yip, an amateur photographer who is also involved in trap-neuter-return projects in Hong Kong. Hon Wa said he was surprised but pleased at winning, and hopes that his success in the competition will help draw attention to street cats, the problems they currently face and the ways in which we can help them.
Several of the winning photographers were present at the awards ceremony where they were able to see for the first time their photographs on display and in the calendar itself.
The A4-sized calendar costs £9.50 and can be purchased from the charity’s online shop www.icatcare.org/shop with all profits from the sale going towards the iCatCare’s work.
International Cat Care has also produced Christmas cards using five seasonal photographs from the 2014 and 2015 photography competitions. Each pack contains 10 cards, 2 of each image, with the message inside the cards of ‘have a purrrfect Christmas’ along with a translation of ‘merry Christmas’ in four different languages, and on the back is a story about the cat pictured, making the cards truly unique and special. The cards can be purchased for £6.00 per pack from the charity’s online shop.
All 12 winning images are available to download for press purposes from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q1y3dvxpa7ct7g4/AAAxrrWdQJJZoGbAYSU8xAdia?dl=0
Cover of the 2016 International Cat Care Calendar ‘The Beauty of Cats’.
Some of the winning photographers at the awards cerremony, pictured with Claire Bessant, iCatCare Chief Executive and Chloe Hulkin, Your Cat magazine
The overall winning photographer Hon Wa Yip from Hong Kong
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About International Cat Care (iCatCare)
A charity dedicated to the health and welfare of cats.
The International Cat Care vision: All cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding.
The International Cat Care mission: To engage, educate and empower people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.
About the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)
ISFM is the veterinary division of International Cat Care. ISFM aims to provide a worldwide resource for veterinarians on feline medicine and surgery.