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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.

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