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At the award ceremony of the Gregor Calendar Awards 2020 in Stuttgart, the Q-Calendar from Koehler receives bronze. The calendar impresses with brilliant photos on fine and recycled paper from Koehler. All award-winning calendars can be viewed in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe.
"Twelve captivating photographic portraits of cows put a smile on the face of everyone who sees them." This was the jury's verdict on awarding bronze to the Koehler Group's Q-calendar at the prizegiving ceremony of the Gregor Photo Calendar Awards 2020 in Stuttgart.
On the 70th anniversary of the award, around 650 calendars were submitted from Germany and the rest of Europe, Japan and Israel. The jury was made up of representatives from the Stuttgart Graphics Club (Graphischer Klub Stuttgart), Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of Economy, Labour and Housing (Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden-Württemberg) and the Association of Printing and Media (Verband Druck und Medien) in Baden-Württemberg. This year, 48 calendars were nominated across four categories. Of these, 27 received the highly coveted awards in bronze, silver and gold. As the highest honor, the best calendar of the entire competition received the GREGOR 2020 Award. The number of total prizes awarded was lower this year, which increased the significance of the individual awards.
Contemporary, as we see and experience the Black Forest today
Koehler’s Q-calendar was produced in collaboration with Black Forest photographer Sebastian Wehrle and the Herbstritt printing company based in Sexau (Druckerei Herbstritt) and places cows in unconventional settings. "I draw my inspiration from my childhood experiences in Simonswäldertal. I saw cows everywhere in the Black Forest and the Almabtrieb (a ceremony in which cattle are driven down in fall from the mountain to graze in the valley) was a special day when I was young," explains Sebastian Wehrle.
In short, the Q-calendar is not just an optical treat, but also a haptic highlight that reflects the current trend towards uncoated and recycled papers. The selected high-quality recycled paper impresses with its crystal clear print quality. The differing surface structures are particularly fascinating. Every page of the calendar feels different – sometimes rough, sometimes soft, sometimes smooth. In the Q-calendar, for example, the ivory board from the fine paper range and the recycled paper creative print are presented in various colours and designs.
Exhibitions for the competition
Visitors have the opportunity to admire the award-winning calendars at several exhibitions. The submissions were exhibited from February 8, 2020 in Stuttgart's House of Economy (Haus der Wirtschaft). After this time they will be shown at the Headquarters of the Regional Council (Regierungspräsidium) on Rondellplatz in Karlsruhe from February 19 to March 8, 2020.