Behind the scenes of The Big Issue calendar

17 December 2017 Magazine

Behind the scenes of The Big Issue calendar

Cartoons, photo shoots and vendors in fancy bow ties – a look behind the curtain of the 2018 Big Issue Calendar. 

At the end of each year we publish a special, limited edition Big Issue Calendar for the forthcoming 12 months – and this year is no exception.

You might have already seen street vendors, out and about, spruiking the 2018 Big Issue Calendar – in addition to the Christmas magazine.

Above: Jacob, a Sydney vendor showing off the 2018 calendar. 

The calendar works the same way the magazine does – vendors earn half the cover price from each sale. At this time of year the extra money is a welcome bonus.

The 2018 calendar features works of art by our resident cartoonist Andrew Weldon, such as this gem which feels particularly topical as we near the end of an exhausting year.

Complementing these cartoons is a series of beautiful portraits of Big Issue vendors from across the country.

We undertook photo shoots in a few different Australian cities, with vendors who this year are all sporting magnificent bow ties, courtesy of our friends at B.Ties.

Above: Daniel from Adelaide is ready to go.

Above: Rachael from Queensland preparing for her close up.

Above: Perth vendor David with his cap and bow.

Above: Kimba from Melbourne strikes a pose. 

Our friends at The Body Shop were also on hand to help vendors get spruced up for the shoots.

And the results are fantastic.

A big thanks to the photographers who did such a great job – James Braund, Sean Davey, George Fetting, Kylie Kluger, Nat Rogers and Ross Swanborough.

Here is a rare moment with a photographer in front of the lens – it’s ACT photographer Sean with Big Issue vendor Genice.


The 2018 Big Issue Calendar makes a great KK or stocking stuffer gift. Pick one up from your local street vendor while stocks last. 

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