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INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST

PEFC UK Certified Forest Photo Contest

Take part in our PEFC photo contest by sharing your forest photos on Instagram with the hashtag: #pefcphotouk

#pefcphotouk

Photos from the 2020 international contest

The contest

Many of us are keen to get out and about in the UK’s wonderful certified forests whenever the opportunity arises. All of the National Trust woodlands,  the Crown Estate and those run by the devolved forestry agencies – Forestry England, Forestry & Land Scotland, Natural Resources Wales and the Forest Service of Northern Ireland are all PEFC certified, along with many privately owned forests.

We therefore thought this would be a great time to launch a photography competition to showcase all aspects of the UK’s certified forests.  So next time you are in the forest – be it for work or leisure – we encourage you to take your camera along.

The criteria which make up PEFC’s global forest management standard are firmly rooted in the core pillars of sustainability, economic, environmental and social.  We are therefore looking for images which capture how these aspects are represented in our forests. It could be pictures of the animals and plants which call the forest home or people enjoying the forest for recreation, whether for a leisurely weekend walk with the family or a strenuous mountain bike trek.   But we also recognise that forests are important to the rural economy, so we’d like to see pictures of people at work - planting, thinning, harvesting or any of the myriad of other activities which contribute to a well-managed forest. We are keen to see the many benefits that our forests convey captured in images we can use to illustrate our work.  


The prizes

Prize
1 st

A cash prize of £500.

Prize
2 nd

A cash prize of £250.

Prize
3 rd

A cash prize of £100.

How to enter

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Head to Instagram and enter your photograph mentioning the hashtag #pefcphotouk – it is as simple as that!

The deadline for submitting your photograph is 31 October 2021. Any entries submitted after this date will not be considered.

Please note that you can only enter your photos if your Instagram account is public.

A few rules…

Digital adjustments must be kept to a minimum, and black and white photographs are allowed. 

Making money from your photographs is not our goal, and we will never sell any of your images. Your images will instead be used by PEFC to help us promote our work for the world’s forests, and by entering your photographs you agree for us to do so.

For the full rules, please read our Terms and Conditions.

What are we looking for?

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Did you know that there are 1.5 million hectares of forest/woodland PEFC certified in the UK.  That's almost half of the total area.

Your images could be pictures of the animals and plants which call the forest home or people enjoying the forest for recreation, whether for a leisurely weekend walk with the family or a strenuous mountain bike trek, all taken in our PEFC certified forests. 

But we also recognise that forests are important to the rural economy, so we’d like to see pictures of people at work - planting, thinning, harvesting or any of the myriad of other activities which contribute to a well-managed forest. 

We are keen to see the many benefits that our forests convey captured in images we can use to illustrate our work.  

About PEFC

PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is the world’s leading forest certification system. We were founded in 1999 by small- and family forest owners to demonstrate excellence in sustainable forest management.

Now, there are more than 300 million hectares of forests are certified to our internationally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks. Certification ensures that forests are managed responsibly, and enables all of us to make responsible choices when buying wood- and forest-based products.

In fact, you might already have seen us – next time you are in the supermarket, shopping for furniture or reading a magazine, check if you can see our PEFC logo! Thanks to this logo, you know that it comes from a sustainably managed forest that will be around for generations to come.

For more information, visit our website: www.pefc.co.uk


Why does this help save our forests?

At PEFC, our goal is the sustainable management of the world’s forests. A goal we seek to reach through the promotion of forest certification.

This is where you come in. We need more stunning, thought-provoking and inspiring images of the forests you live, work and play in, to help us in our work to promote the use of forest certification around the world.

With your photos, you will enable the entire PEFC alliance, which currently covers over 40 countries worldwide, to visually communicate in a more engaging manner, as we all continue to strive for a world in which people manage forests sustainably.