International Day of Forests

Enter the International Day of Forests photo contest

What does forest innovation look like near you?

Help us show how innovative action, technology and knowledge are helping to protect forests and increase the benefits they bring by entering the International Day of Forests 2024 photo contest!

Forests provide many benefits and solutions including ecosystem services, biodiversity, climate action, livelihoods, shelter, food, fibre and fuel. Yet they are under threat from deforestation, climate change, pollution, wildfires and pests.

To celebrate the International Day of Forests on 21 March and this year’s theme of Forests and Innovation, we are looking for the best photos showcasing different types of innovation:

  • new technology – for example drones or other digital tools helping to monitor illegal logging.
  • new uses of sustainable wood, such as wooden credit cards, skyscrapers or drink bottles.
  • the results of a ground-breaking policy or project or a new way of using Indigenous knowledge.

The five winning images - announced on March 21 – will be shared across FAO’s social media channels and will go on display as part of a photography exhibition at FAO HQ in Rome.

We will also send the winners a collection of FAO merchandise including an FAO water bottle, backpack and keep cup!

Deadline for entries is 7 March 2024 at 12:00 CET

Entries will be judged for originality, relevance to the theme, artistic value and communication potential of the photo.



How do I enter? 

To enter the contest, just follow these three steps:

  1. Take a photo of an inspiring innovation in forests or forestry that supports forests’ provision of ecosystem services, biodiversity, climate action, livelihoods, shelter, food, fibre and fuel.
  2. Fill in the online entry form explaining what the innovation you have chosen helps to achieve.
  3. Share online using the International Forest Day hashtag: #ForestDay

Enter the contest now! Submit your photo

Terms and conditions can be found here. Please note participants under the age of 18 are required to have the consent of their parent or legal custodian. The parent or legal custodian must sign the Subject Release Form and email it to [email protected]

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