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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.

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