The snap and crunch of twigs and leaves under foot, the smell of earth, sunlight through a shady canopy, the feel of gnarled bark: forests offer us a feast for the senses and a space to connect with the majesty of nature.
The charity, Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) UK works in the UK to promote responsible forest management; FSC certification operates globally, helping to protect forests around the world.
Many forests in the UK are FSC certified, including Fermyn Woods and those managed by the Forestry Commission, the National Trust, Center Parcs, the Woodland Trust and many local councils and Wildlife Trusts.
FSC UK is inviting people to enter their 2013 Photographic Competition. There are three categories: Timber, People and Wildlife.
Photos entered into the timber category could be anything from photos of the working forest to photos of the end product. FSC certified products include furniture, books, cards, toilet paper, charcoal, compost, magazines, tissues, packaging and even footballs (latex is also a forest product!).
Forests are important to a wide variety of people – can you capture your friends, family or colleagues at work or play in the forest? Forest wildlife includes woodland animals as well as the trees, plants, fungi and flowers found within forests.
If your focus is on the fauna and flora that make up the forest, enter the wildlife category.
Email your photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to include your name, age (if under 18), where your photo was taken or the product type (please note that we can only accept photos taken in FSC certified forests or of FSC certified products), your contact details and which category you would like to enter (Timber, People or Wildlife). The closing date for entries is 27 September 2013.
Entries will be judged by a prestigious panel of judges: Edward Parker, Environmental Photographer, Ray Hawes, Head of Forestry at the National Trust and Greg Armfield, Head of Photography at WWF.
The panel will select a winner and runner up for each category and these will go forward to a public vote to select the people’s choice. The judges’ favourite photo will win a day’s photographic tuition with Edward Parker, a renowned and prize winning photographer and writer who specialises in environmental issues, travel and education. The overall winner of the public vote will win a Go Ape Forest Adventure family ticket. All winners and runners up will receive FSC goody bags.
For more information, take a look at the FSC UK website at www.fsc-uk.org