UK Calendar Girls and Calendar Men ran successfully in Plymouth for over 8 years and due to its success it expanded to different areas of the country including Bournemouth and more recently Bristol before re-branding for the national competition. We are a modelling competition that produce high quality calendars each year and help aspiring models gain an insight into the industry while gaining a huge amount of confidence and some even go on to have very successful careers.
The competition in the past has also helped many females who maybe suffering from anxiety, low confidence, low self esteem or needing something to focus on, and through the process of UKCG many individuals have been able to grow in confidence, not just by making lots of new friends but also by taking part in something which is quite different to all other competitions. We accept applicants of all shapes and sizes, we do not discriminate on size and shape, tattoos, piercings, disabilities or modelling experience in fact we look for none professional models who are looking to gain more confidence, camera experience and a chance to experience the industry. Our age range for females is between 18-45 located anywhere in the UK.
We are also an organisation that donate and raise awareness for cancer based charities at key events throughout the year, this is an area we feel strongly about supporting. To date we've raised tens of thousands for Cancer charities, this year we are supporting the Chestnut Appeal for prostate cancer. Please note we are not a charity calendar, we raise funds using officially registered charity pots given to us by various charities and our events and we also donate 10% of ticket sales direct to our chosen charity. We work very closely with our chosen charities and this year we are supporting www.chestnutappeal.org.uk.
We have Casting Days in 7 cities around the UK, starting the end of March 2018 and running through to the end of May 2018, to attend a casting day you have to pre-book. At any individual Casting Day you will be photographed by around 4-8 professional photographers that will have their own mini studio set-up, they will give direction on posing if requested.
We will also have professional hair / make-up teams available to help you prepare for the shoots on the day.
You have the option to have all your casting day photos (approx 150-250) emailed to you and if you choose this option it means you get to select your favourite 3 for the Text Vote stage of the competition detailed below. If you choose not to have the photos emailed we can choose these photos for you.
Once you've attended Casting Day, you have the option to progress to the next stage, the text vote. For this you select your 3 favourite images (if you chose to be sent all your photos, otherwise we can select 3 for you) from Casting Day and we create a super image for our UKCG website (you can promote also if you like).
The text vote runs for 4-5 weeks and the top 80 from the text vote are then invited to our Grand Final! (below is a quick example of some text vote images)
The Grand Final is by far the biggest event we hold in UK Calendar Girls and also a night the finalists will never forget! The venue (usually a large commercial club) is filled with hundreds of guests, friends, family, supporters and sponsors who also flock outside to see the Calendar Girl Finalists arrive in style!
Local council usually assist with a 7 limousine convoy pulling up outside the club to drop the finalists off in style where a mass of photographers and film crews await to capture the arrival moment. All guests are given a vote brochure on the night with all 80 girls photos to be able to vote for their top 12.
Announcements Night is usually 3 days after the Grand Final on a Saturday evening. This is a smaller event where we announce the winners of the competition 12 Winners and 12 Reserves. Close friends and family of the finalist are invited to this free event and usually attendance is around 100.
Following this announcement press and marketing photos are take or all 24 girls in the official UK Calendar Girls supplied uniforms on the same night. After these photos the champagne flows as the Calendar Girls and Reserves celebrate the night away in true VIP style.
For the majority of girls the Grand Final is the last part of the process, and they walk away with some great pics, experiences, memories and new friends along with an experience they'll never forget. It's a massive achievement just getting to the Grand Final, however winning a place on the calendar is the ultimate goal.
For the lucky 12 Winners and the 12 Reserves (who also make it onto the calendar) the show does carry on, and we have additional shoots for the calendar, plus we have a Launch party where we unveil the Calendar for the first time to the public as it goes on sale :)
The last big event we hold is the Calendar Girls Bar Tour - this is primarily focused around raising money for the Cancer Charity we are supporting (this year it is the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer).
The bar tour involves getting all 24 girls on a big party bus and going from bar to bar, free entry, VIP and free drinks upon arrival (something that has been organised beforehand), the idea is to raise as much money as possible in that bar and move onto the next bar!
By the end we have usually raised over £1000 in less than 5 hours - below a quick snap shot of from a Bristol Calendar Girls bar tour in December 2017 - we smashed it!
The Calendar Girls process from start to finish has a lasting effect for many that see the process to the end. Girls that have entered 10yrs ago still get involved on a staff level even today to experience the competition again from a different prospective, in fact the majority of staff working behind the scenes are ex Calendar Girls themselves.
Take a look at what some of the previous Calendar Girls Winners and Reserves have to say on our Testimonials page.