Calvin community to document day through photos

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Hundreds of Calvin students around the world will document their Friday with their cameras and cell phones.

During the event Calvin in 24, students, faculty and staff are urged to photograph their everyday life and upload any number of the photos to Calvin’s Facebook page.  This year, people may also use Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #calvin24.  As far a subject matter, anything goes.

Everyone can then vote for favorite entries in different categories, including best squirrel, best photo on the “Cheese” and best nighttime photo.  Aside from one juried piece, all winners will be chosen by the voters.  The top 15 photographers will receive prizes, such as dinner with President Le Roy, tickets to Fun., a night at the Prince Conference Center and donuts from Post Family Farms.

After its success in 2010, Myrna Anderson has plenty of hope for Calvin in 24 this year.  “We got so many comments from people who felt Calvin in 24 was something to rally around,” she said.  “The planning team is just hoping for another fun community event.”

The creativity in the almost 4,000 photos Anderson received in 2010 is what amazed her the most.  Pictures poured in from all over campus, and from far beyond.  Students abroad in China, Japan, Hungary and Honduras captured a taste of their experiences to share with friends back home.

Leighanne Evelyn, who studied abroad in Hungary in 2010, was particularly intent on displaying a day of her life.  She created an incredible 1,991 photo stop-motion series of a typical day in Budapest.

On campus, pictures of class, sports and intricate poses on the cheese abounded.  Anderson’s favorite part of the whole process was “watching the galleries and seeing all of the creativity unfold.”

Joy’l Ver Heul put a lot of work into the 2012 project by researching and setting up this year’s web tool.  She explained that the basic purpose of Calvin in 24 is simply to document an average day at Calvin.  She loves seeing that one day from “so many different perspectives.”

This photography frenzy ends Unlearn Week fittingly, as it focuses on the creativity and diversity of teachers and students.

“Calvin in 24 is such a fantastic event because it brings the Calvin community together around the globe,” says Ver Heul.  “The photos prove how amazing a day at Calvin really is!”

To upload a photo, just visit Calvin’s Facebook page and look for the Calvin in 24 logo below the cover photo. All pictures must be labeled with the time and location. The photos can only be taken on Friday, Oct. 12, and must be uploaded by 12 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.

For more information, or to find guidelines and tips on the uploaded photos, visit the Calvin in 24 page on Calvin’s website, accessible from the homepage (