I am a huge fan of Smashing Magazine, especially their monthly calendar desktop wallpapers. I like to pick through my favorites as they’re released each month and I routinely swap out backgrounds on my work and desktop machines, depending on the time of year, my projects, and my mood. Years ago I realized that they had an open policy for submissions – anyone can enter a desktop calendar so long as they meet a minimum of requirements. I was terribly intimidated but I always wanted to try to submit something, to see if I could have any success and to return the favor for all my years of inspiration.
In late May I decided enough was enough – I was going to submit something for June. I thought about what would be well-received and looked for inspirations in June holidays (many calendars are inspired by the special events in that month), but I was distracted by another post – one for their annual photo content. The contest asked for shots of items that people keep on their desks; items that we look to for inspiration or encouragement throughout their day. As it happened I have such an item – a little red wooden frog that my mother had growing, and which she had given me when I was a little girl. It’s very old, but it still works (it’s got a little spring in its mouth to hold papers) and it has always been there, watching me. On top of that I had just purchased a new desk for my home office, so I was excited to photograph it, and I decided to submit a shot to the photo contest.
Long story short – my photo made it! The contest takes several dozen shots for inclusion in a poster, but I was also named one of the top ten and was one of four who received a prize. Naturally I was pretty pleased, but I didn’t forget about the desktop wallpaper – I submitted a July wallpaper that profiled Canada Day (today) and it too was included! I’m somewhat less pleased with the Canada Day wallpaper and there is one other wallpaper design I have in mind… so stay tuned. For now I’m pleased that I finally completed a submission, and over the moon that my work was appreciated!
Love your Canada Day wallpaper!! I wanted it for my desktop but it’s not available anymore. 🙁
I would like to use your desktop calendar for July with Canada Day but couldn’t open it on the Smashing Magazine Website.
Any way to get access to it.
Should still be there — http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/06/30/desktop-wallpaper-calendar-july-2013/#canada-day-07-2013
Just in case, here’s a direct link to the largest version… http://files.smashingmagazine.com/wallpapers/jul-13/canada-day/jul-13-candaDay-calendar-2560×1440.jpg