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The contest

01 Description

Want the chance to win exciting prizes and qualify for the PEFC International Photographer of the Year Award, while at the same time help safeguard the world’s forests. Instagram and participate in our 2018 Experience Forests, Experience Life photo contest!

A beautiful amalgam of land, water, air and diversity, forests ,offer in itself a never before experience of life and endless opportunities for amateur and professional photographers alike – from nature photography of breath-taking landscapes and beautiful trees and wildlife; to sports and action shots of mountain bikers, hikers, or paragliders; to documentary pictures showing the work of foresters, sustenance of life of forest dependent communities, or a legacy followed as traditions of indigenous peoples.

Does the sound of water, birds chirping and smell of adventure excite you? How do forests make a difference to your life? How do you experience the many benefits that forests provide? Whatever forests mean to you, we want to know. Express yourself through your photos and enter the contest!

You can enter a wide variety of photographs: from forest landscapes to close ups within the forest. We also want to see people in the forest – living, working or playing. Feel free to experiment with mood and object and let your imagination take a lead!

02 The Prizes

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Our judging panel is comprised of highly acclaimed industry professionals. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in one of the most prestigious forest-related photography contests in 2018.


03 How to enter

Let’s Instagram and let the picture speak of what could not be conveyed through words. Head to Instagram and enter your photograph mentioning the hashtag #nccfindia2018 – it is as simple as that!

The deadline for submitting your photograph is 5 June 2018 – World Environment Day. Any entries submitted after this date will not be considered.

Please do not post your photograph from a private account, as we won’t be able to see it!


A few rules ...

You are only allowed to enter five photographs per person. 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.

04 Photographer of the Year Award

The top five national entries that do justice to our theme will enter the international contest and compete for the 2018 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award!

  • The winner will receive a trip to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 2018 PEFC Forest Certification Week or a cash prize of 3000 CHF.
  • The top 12 photos will be publicly exhibited at the 2018 PEFC Forest Certification Week at the Movenpick Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland in November 2018 and potentially in other places around the world throughout 2018/2019.
  • The top 12 photos will be featured in the 2019 PEFC ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo calendar.

05 About PEFC

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

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.

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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, covering 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.