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COFO23 #ChampionTrees photo contest

Sao Chan Elite of Cambodia has won the COFO23 #ChampionTrees photo contest. We received over 630 fantastic photos from 97 countries for the contest to raise awareness that many trees are under pressure from changes in land use and the effects of climate change - thanks to everyone who entered!

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Send us a photo of an extraordinary tree and you could win a trip to celebrate the International Day of Forests!

A ‘champion tree’ usually refers to the largest specimen of a tree species – whether a towering sequoia, a banyan tree spread wide over thousands of metres, or an ancient olive tree that might seem small in comparison. Yet other trees are champions in their own way: growing in difficult – or almost impossible – situations, while also delivering benefits to people, animals and the environment.

These trees might be found in the middle of a desert, hanging from a cliff face, or in a busy city centre. Or they might be a whole forest growing on land that was once degraded, or in an area that was once under threat but is now protected. At the same time, many trees are under pressure from changes in the uses of land, or from the effects of climate change such as increased weather events, forest fires and pests.

Some of these extraordinary trees may not be around for future generations, so let’s capture them now! We’d like you to send us photos of an amazing tree you know.

The winner of the contest will join us at FAO headquarters in Rome to talk about their photo at the celebrations for the International Day of Forests 2017.

How do I enter?

To enter the contest, just follow these three steps:


1
. Take a photo of an amazing tree or group of trees. This could be:

  • An extraordinary tree growing on its own in an unusual place
  • Trees that have been helped by humans to grow in a difficult situation
  • Large old trees that are struggling to survive deforestation and the effects of climate change – these are the forest giants such as sequoia, baobab, Douglas fir and mountain ash
  • A tree that you consider a champion for other reasons 

2. Tell us why the tree or group of trees is so extraordinary when you fill in the online entry form, and attach the photo (minimum width 1754 pixels at 150 ppi, maximum file size 5 MB)

3. Finally, don’t forget to post your photo if you have a Twitter, Flickr or Instagram account, using the competition hashtags: #ChampionTrees #COFO23. We'll retweet some of your photos on @FAOForestry Twitter.

Deadline for entries is 30 June 2016.

A jury will choose the six best photos at the Committee on Forestry (18-25 July), and the six finalists will be posted on FAO’s Facebook page for the public to decide the winner.

What if I’m under 18?

You have to be over 18 to enter the contest, but that doesn’t stop you joining the campaign on social media! Take a photo of an extraordinary tree near you and post it on your Twitter, Instagram or Flickr account with the hashtags #ChampionTrees #COFO23. We’ll tweet some of the photos from @FAOForestry Twitter.  

Photo gallery

See some of the entries we've received so far!

Rosa Marilia Ñauparin Perez
srinivasaperumal sadagoban
Christian Spencer
Nodin Arène Nganji
Christian Spencer
Duncan Macqueen
Rajana Navarro
PABALLO CHAUKE
Bee Ean Tan
Andrés Ruggeri
Valeriya Dyachenko
Elena Kondrlova
Ashish Adhikari
ĐẶNG VĂN TRÂN ĐẶNG VĂN TRÂN
amir jalal
Prativa Tandukar
Anqi Huang
María Zenith Lizarazo Rengifo
Martín Zamit Menéndez
Edith George
Fuad Azzad Ham
Maria Victoria Peña y Alonso
Carlos Nicolás Pascual
Jarmila Czudkova
Cynthia Gerlein
Kuntal Kumar Roy
Caroline de Villiers
alireza najafi
Geoffrey Mawejje
Arman Barbuco
Sergio Paladino
Gustavo Zamorano Pérez
Maythira Kasemsant
mahdi asgarian
Sthef Folgar
Elizabeth Sanchez
Gilberto Mejillano Jr.
Silvina Alejandra Ferreyra
Martin Gonzalo SIROMBRA
Silvina Alejandra Ferreyra
Gustavo Madrid Vazquez
Tom Lo
Frosina Stankovska
Adriane Tobias
Pawel Zygmunt
Solange Baques
Wim Peeters
Alex Olpenda
Camila Delgado Davies
JANE TAGGART
TANDONG CALISTUS JONG
MARIA CASTILLO VIANA
CHINMOY BISWAS
Pierrette RAMASIARISOA
Jaime Singlador
MANUEL ZACARIAS
Deifan Nicolás Rozo Páez
Millicent Kaimenyi
Robert Dolezal
Macarena Suppa
Shalabh Sharma
Youssef Karam
Jaime Singlador
Peter Gaston Irigoyen Rodríguez
Mathias Burkhalter
ALEJANDRO GULMINELLI
Faby Lizárraga Galván
Aristoteles Vasquez Ascarza
Solange Baques
Giovanni Marcantonio
Isabelle TYMINSKI
Alex Olpenda
Gaster Kiyingi
Rosana Maria Alicia Moreno Riveros
Channy Chheng
Aisha Maya Bittar
ALEJANDRO GULMINELLI
Nobuo Mukai
subir das
Adriane Tobias
Sherif Hosni
Hicham FILALI ZEHRI
MOHAMMED HABEEB UR RAHMAN
Adriane Tobias
Mauricio Jerez
Sofía Taresco Segovia
elizabeth sanchez
Dilli Ram Bhattarai
Alejandro Alfaro Orozco
Shalabh Sharma
Sudipto Das
Denis Morgunov
Jaya Gulo
Rashid Al-Yahyai
Jarmila Czudkova
edgardo pampin
Isabella Sevilla
Manda Verma
Silvina Alejandra Ferreyra
José Walter Pedroza Carneiro
Khanitta Lasud
Marc Meyer
Andrés Ruggeri
Gonzalo Gerardin
Paulino Damiano
Janelle Bianca Fernandez
Peter Gaston Irigoyen Rodríguez
Cecilia Oliver Sánchez
Sophea Tieng
Zubeda Mohammed
Giancarlo Pucci
Pilar Arocena
Gamra ZENAIDI
John Halkett
Michelle Tuyor
Arman Barbuco
Leslie Salgado Arzuaga
Maria de la Almudena Van der Ghote
Tom Lo
Ubwiza Chiyungi
Peter Zahorecz
Virginia Levrero Gómez
José Walter Pedroza Carneiro
Paola Marianela Poblete Quezada
Andrés Ruggeri
Mónica Oblitas
Sarah Kohrs
Ahmed Aly
Duncan Macqueen
Samir Belhouari
Natalia Moyano
Julian Murillo
Hiek Mey Mey
Albert KUNIHIRA
Agustin Ciampagna
Duncan Macqueen
BUNTHEA KHON
Amit Shaha
Anteneh Tadele
Smriti Sharma
Akbar Ghasemi
GERVASIO RUIZ ALVAREZ
Samuel Ehikhuemen
laura lavergne
Macarena Suppa
Marion Sidebottom
Paul Zaake
Gustavo Zamorano Pérez
Imran Jalalkhan
Vijayalaksmi Athal
Duncan Macqueen
Hicham FILALI ZEHRI
Lucy Serrano Gastón
Debasis Saha
amina bittar
Katherine Rodríguez Morales
Macarena Suppa
Gaster Kiyingi
Gonzalo Gerardin
Maria Victoria Peña y Alonso
Abdul Basit Paracha
Ladislav Bakay
ramtin aslani
Anda Uttarak
Dave Arthur Robledo
Alex Olpenda
Vlad Sidorak
Marcelo Guastella
Michael Maina Mwangi
Violeta Radonjic
Jorge Mendez
Ashesh Bhandari
Pawel Zygmunt
José Walter Pedroza Carneiro
Lee Wright
Joost Bruins
Angesom Ghebremeskel Teklu
Peter Zahorecz
Sandra Gabriela Quevedo
Sudipto Das
Jarmila Czudkova
ALFONSO MUSIO
Jaime Singlador
Lourdes Adriana Lopez Moreno
Mónica Cerrato
Faby Lizárraga Galván
Slimani Abdel Alim Amine
Breech Asher Harani
Rahul Sharma
Gannelin Gutierrez Turino
Louise Fowler-Smith
pablo alves menoni
Maria Victoria Peña y Alonso
Ismail Babale
Ambrogio Zanzi
ALEJANDRO GULMINELLI

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