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The Value of Forests photo contest

Forest ‘playground’ wins European Forest Week photo contest 


Julia Kelly from the United Kingdom has won the European Forest Week ‘Value of Forests’ photo contest with her entry “Forêt de la Combe”.

FAO received over 100 photos from 34 countries for the contest, which challenged people to show the ways in which the region’s forests contribute to human health, wealth and wellbeing, harbour biodiversity and help combat climate change.

Swiss forester and photographer Christian Küchli chose four finalists who went to the public vote on FAO’s Facebook page, receiving over 2 000 likes and comments.


Photo: FAO/Julia KellyThe greatest number of votes went to Kelly’s photo, which shows a forest with a natural cascading stream near the Swiss village of Givrins, where she spent her childhood.

“This forest I grew up in gave me clean air and clean water but, most of all, a playground full of elves and other imaginary creatures,” said Kelly, a forest ecologist studying for a Master’s degree at Lund University in Sweden.

“These woods inspired me to be more adventurous, to go out alone, trust myself and my sense of direction, and go exploring.”

Kelly wins a trip to European Forest Week, which is taking place in Engelberg, Switzerland, 2-6 November 2015.

The other three finalists in the contest were Gervasio Ruíz Álvarez (Spain), Nuria Martínez Pascual (Spain) and Inger Marie Mulvad (Denmark).

See all the finalists and runners-up in the contest Flickr gallery.

The contest is now closed

Win a trip to the 3rd European Forest Week in Engelberg, Switzerland!

Deadline: Wednesday 14 October 2015 12:00 GMT

Enter the Value of Forests photo contest to help raise awareness about the value of Europe's forests, and you could win a trip to Switzerland.

We are looking for entries that show the ways in which forests are a source of life, provide us with clean air and water, food, energy, income and relaxation, and help combat climate change.

All photo entries should feature European forests.

Jury and prizes

Forester, journalist and photographer Christian Küchli will lead the jury. Küchli is the author of the award-winning Forests of Hope – Stories of Regeneration, a project for which he spent 12 years searching for forest success stories all over the world. 

The prize for the winner will be a trip to the European Forest Week (travel and accommodation) in Engelberg, Switzerland, 2-6 November 2015.

Péter Garamszegi
Nandita Sarmah
emiliano stefanini
Guillaume Aubert
Ferenc Babinyec
Coline Boonman
Mauryne VINCENT
Julia Martínez Lacámara
GERVASIO RUIZ ALVAREZ
Kirsika Kapp
Alice Cosatti
Shaghayegh Tschoepe-Shoeibi
Medrea Ionela
Julia Kelly
Lilli Kaarakka
Ladislav Bakay
Arturo Escobar
Piero Persello
Sónia Almeida
Lucia Pacella
Jan Husák
Annie Frances Gray
Giulia Sbrizza
Miclaus Mihaela
Nuria Martinez Pascual
Karlo Stipić
Igor Isakov
David Palacios García de la Rosa
MARIA DEL PILAR PASTOR CALVO
Jose Maria Iriarte Guembe
Julia Martínez Lacámara
ramon colell canes
Janette Martin
Arturo Escobar
Christopher Wedeman
Jan Husák
Christian Andres
Ignacio Sevillano
Thi Hai Hong Nguyen
Inger Marie Mulvad
MARIA DEL PILAR PASTOR CALVO
Marcello Bizzarro
Lucia Pacella
Franziska Kohn
Kurt Zweifel
Jan Husák
Piero Persello
JOSE LUIS MARTINEZ LOPEZ
Teodoro Marañón
MARIA DEL PILAR PASTOR CALVO
Mar Ramos Sanz
JOSÉ LUIS MARTINEZ LOPEZ
Patrick Spencer
JOSE LUIS MARTINEZ LOPEZ
Lisa Smyth
GERVASIO RUIZ ALVAREZ
Jose Maria Iriarte Guembe
Natalia Balafa
Luigi Guarino
GERVASIO RUIZ ALVAREZ
Christopher Wedeman
CARLOS ABAD LÓPEZ
Katalin Csillery