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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!

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

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