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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!

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

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