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Experience Forests, Experience MTCS-PEFC

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


Last year photos

The contest

Want the chance to win RM2000 and to qualify for the PEFC International Photographer of the Year Award 2020, while at the same time help safeguard the world’s forests? Then you need to enter our MTCC Photography Contest 2020!

The MTCC Photography Contest 2020 - “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS-PEFC” is jointly organised by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) and PCP Publications - the publisher for photography and travel magazines in Malaysia. It is aimed at raising public awareness on the beauty and benefits of Malaysia tropical lush forests while promoting the importance of valuing the nature and sustainable forest management through timber certification to benefit future generations. 


This year’s contest comprises the following categories:

•    Category 1 – Forests and People: This category seeks images of people involved in the field of forestry responsible for the well-being of Malaysia’s forest resources such as foresters, forest rangers, forest researchers, auditors and indigenous peoples. Images portraying people at work and the utlisation of modern technologies for managing and conserving Malaysia’s forest resources are encouraged.

•    Category 2 – Forests and Forest Landscapes: This category welcomes any shots showcasing the natural beauty, diversity and uniqueness of forests by capturing the geological, climatological features and natural environment of Malaysian forests.

•    Category 3 – Forests and Fauna: This category seeks amazing images of animals in the wild including mammals, birds, amphibians or reptiles.

•    Category 4 – Mobile Short Video: This category requires participants to record the wonders of Malaysian forests in a short video clip with a duration of not more than three minutes. Participants may use a variety of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, drones, GoPros, or a combination of these mobile devices, to capture the sights and sounds of the natural environment.

•    Category 5 - #fortheloveofnature This category invites Instagrammers to take creative shots on how Malaysians do their bid to protect the environment and share them on the social media with the following hashtags: #fortheloveofnature #mtccphotocontest2020



Grand Prize - RM2,000 cash + Prize

Photo Categories

1x First Prize - RM1,200 cash + Prize

2x Merit Prize - RM600 cash + Prize

10x Consolation Prize - RM200 cash + Prize

Video Category

2x Best Video Clip - RM500 cash + Prize

Social Media (Facebook/Instagram) Category

3x Best Photo - RM100 cash + Prize

7x Merit Prize - RM50 cash + Prize

Join us now!

How to enter


Category 1-3


  1. Each participant may submit up to a maximum of 10 images per category.
  2. The participant is required to upload the images to a cloud storage system.
  3. The participant is required to email the completed contest form and the link to download the images to

Category 4

(Short Video)

  1. Each participant may submit up to a maximum of 5 video clips.
  2. The participant is required to post the video to his/her own Facebook with the title “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS-PEFC” and the following hashtags: #mtccphotocontest2020 #fortheloveofnature.
  3. Each post must be set for public viewing.
  4. The participant is required to email the completed contest form and the Facebook link to view the video to
  5. Winners for this category are not eligible to be considered for the Grand Prize.

Category 5

(Social Media)

  1. Each Instagram/ Facebook entry must be posted with the following hashtags: #mtccphotocontest2020 #fortheloveofnature. 
  2. Each participant may submit up to a maximum of 10 images per category.
  3. Each post must be set for public viewing.

A few rules…

This contest is open to all Malaysians aged 13 years and above. Participants under 18 years of age must obtain permission from a parent or guardian.

The participant must be the photographer/videographer who captured the photos/video clips and owns the rights of the images. It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure all submissions do not infringe the copyright, trademark, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any other person or entity, and that no other party has the right, title or claim of, or any interest in the images.

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 MTCC & 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.

PEFC Photographer of the Year Award


The top three photos from this contest will enter the international contest and compete for the 2020 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award!

The winner will receive a trip to Dublin, Ireland to attend the 2020 PEFC Forest Certification Week or a cash prize of 2000 CHF.

The top 12 photos will be publicly exhibited at the 2020 PEFC Forest Certification Week in Dublin, Ireland, in November 2020.

The top 12 photos will be featured in the 2021 PEFC ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo calendar.

Our jury

Our judging panel is comprised of highly acclaimed industry professionals.

Guest Judge - Azul Adnan

Guest Judge - Azul Adnan

A Malaysian photographer, writer and educator. Azul’s passion and talent for photography has landed his captivating photos on the websites of National Geographic and the BBC, as well as in magazines, Digital Camera and Lonely Planet. Azul is also a regular speaker at Malaysia’s largest photography exhibition, the annual Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival.

Jessica Chan

Jessica Chan

General Manager and Editor-in-chief in PCP Publications- the publisher for photography and travel magazines – Photo Creator, Advanced Images, Fotografika, Travelmate and Travelution. 

Yong Teng Koon

Yong Teng Koon

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTCC

About us


Established in 1998, the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) is an independent organisation tasked to develop and operate the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). As a voluntary national scheme, the MTCS provides for independent assessment of forest management practices and audit of timber product manufacturers or exporters to ascertain that the timber products manufactured or exported are sourced from sustainably managed forests. This is to ensure the sustainable management of Malaysia’s natural forest and forest plantations, as well as to meet the demand for certified timber products.                    

The MTCS has been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the largest forest certification programme, representing more than 300 million hectares of certified forests worldwide. The MTCS is the first tropical timber certification scheme in the Asia Pacific region to be endorsed by the PEFC. 

Today, the MTCS is being recognised by national procurement policies in Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand. The scheme is also accepted under the Malaysian Green Building Index and other Green Building Systems in Australia, Italy, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Singapore.

For more information, visit


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:

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.