2021 Rainbow Calendar Project


Things are a bit different this year… 

The Rainbow Calendar Project is running its sixth photography exhibition and FREE calendar, to create an LGBTIQA+ resource featuring photography and stories showcasing this very diverse community.

But this year the committee decided to do things a little differently, and chose to hold a retrospective of the past 5 years of the project since it started. There have been many incredible submissions since the project started in 2015, and we would love to revisit these and showcase them to everyone. As a result, no theme has been chosen as there is no photography competition and the committee along with members from the LGBTIQA+ community have judged all submissions that have appeared in the past five calendars.

Next year we will continue with the standard Rainbow Calendar Project format, with another photography competition open for submissions as part of this incredible project.


Need some inspiration to get started?

Visit Humans of New York to see everyday people with extraordinary personal stories. It shows how words and photographs can be combined powerfully, but also demonstrates how to tell a gripping story without needing to show someone’s face. We have also included some examples of previous entries to show the kind of submission we’d loved to see.

To help you write your story, here are some questions or prompts to think about when writing your short caption as part of your submission:

  • What has inspired you to stay safe, healthy or socially connected?
  • Show us your space where you feel safe and inspired to do greater things
  • Have worldwide events since the start of the year inspired you into action on something that you are passionate in bringing change?
  • Share with us your moments of inspiration that have empowered you


Thank you to our supporters…

Past projects have been made possible through support from Uniting Communities and generous financial donations from the following UC services: Financial Inclusion, Therapeutic Youth & Family Services, Reconnect, Adult & Family Counselling, Noarlunga Family Relationship Centre, New ROADS, Communication Partner Service, and Therapeutic Youth Residential Care.

Financial support has also been generously provided by Eldercare, St Johns Youth Service, and Helping Hand Aged Care, in addition to being a recipient of a scholarship from Feast Festival and funding through Grants SA provided by the Department for Human Services.

All graphic design for this project has been produced by Sam Makin Graphic Design.

Sam is a Graphic Designer and Visual Artist on Kaurna land (Adelaide), working in a range of media, both digital and traditional mediums including water colour, acrylics, general painting and drawing. They first started working in the creative media industry as a graphic designer in 2012, initially as a hobby. Now they are currently studying part-time at Flinders University/CDW whilst also working as a freelance jack-of-all-trades in art and design.

They can be found on Instagram (@samielsiedesign), on Facebook page (@sammakindesigner), and their Redbubble store (samielsiedesign).


We acknowledge the following photo credits for images used for the website banners: T Warner, S Bartlett, J Main, A Cook, G Raftery, ActNow Theatre, & G Ebert.