International Day of Forests

International Day of Forests 2020 photo contest

Thank you to everyone who entered! We received over 380 entries from more than 70 countries.

Click here to find out more about the winners.

Children: 6-14 years old

Glen Tiondo from the Philippines won the children's category with his photo "Insect-eating plant”.

Youth: 15-24 years old

Miharisoa Salome Ratovo from Madagascar won the youth’s category with her photo “Camouflage, blend into the environment”.

Adults: 24 years old and above

Malalan Ny Aina Rakotondrazafy from Madagascar won the adults’ category with his photo of ‘The verreaux moon walker’.

Capture extraordinary and unusual forest plants or animals with your camera!

Did you know that forests are home to about 80% of the world’s land animals and plants? From rainforest ants to tiny tree frogs, mountain gorillas to green anacondas, towering coast redwoods to mountain ash trees, our forests are teeming with life. This extraordinary biodiversity helps forests adapt and survive in the face of pressures such as climate change, wildfire and pests and diseases, as well as providing many benefits to people including food, shelter, medicine, energy and income. 

To celebrate the International Day of Forests on 21 March and this year’s theme, Forests and Biodiversity, we’re asking you to take photos of extraordinary and unusual forest plants or animals. They might have an interesting appearance, behave in unexpected ways, have unique benefits, or they might be extraordinary because of what they represent for local communities.

Send us a picture and you could win an action camera!

The contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered!

How do I enter?

To enter the contest, just follow these three steps:

  1. Take a photo of an extraordinary and unusual forest plant or animal.
  2. Fill in the online entry form, tell us what your photo shows and why that particular species is so extraordinary and unusual, and attach the photo.
  3. Don’t forget to post your photo if you have a Twitter, Flickr or Instagram account, using the International Forest Day hashtag: #IntlForestDay.

Entries will be judged in three categories and the prize for each category will be an action camera:

  • Children from 6 to 14 years old
  • Youth aged 15 to 24 years old
  • Adults over the age of 24 years old

Disclaimer: participants under the age of 18 are required to have the consent of their parent or legal custodian.