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01 Description

India is a megadiverse country having around 8 percent of global biodiversity in its diverse landscapes including Himalayas, Gangetic Plains, Deccan Peninsula, Western Ghats, Northeast, Coasts, Islands and Marine Ecosystems providing pristine natural habitats to a huge variety of species.

Sunrays sliding through bends of branches and curl of leaves, resting gaze of a predator, colorful birds, playfield of wildness, a beautiful amalgam of land, water, air and diversity, natural habitats and forests offer a never before experience of life. The contest provides vast amount of opportunities for amateur and professional photographers alike – to capture nature through their lens and enjoy experience of sharing the moments with people, breath-taking landscapes, natural habitats, beautiful trees, wildlife and their relationship with natural habitats, forests and human life, birds gathering food, forests for sustenance of life, traditions of indigenous peoples and the list goes on and on.

Shooting the sound of water, flight of chipping birds, roar of tiger in a jungle, hoot of owls on a tree, snow leopard roaming in the mountains, chirp of crickets, bees taking nectar from flowers, screech of an eagle, herd of playful deer on a grassland, swarm of butterflies, crocodile resting in a marsh, a dancing peafowl must excite you, if it is your hobby or profession. How does it make a difference to your life?

Feel free to experiment with mood and object and let your imagination take a lead!! Start a new exploration and express what it means to you, through your photos. Enter the contest now.

NCCF National Photography Contest 2019 is here celebrating forests through the lens.

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? Then you need to enter our 2019 Experience Forests, Experience Life photo contest!

2019 is a very special year for the PEFC family as we celebrate 20 years of caring for our forests globally and locally. Join our celebrations by sharing what forests mean to you. How do forests make a difference to your life? How do you experience the many benefits that forests provide? 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. Let your imagination run free!

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 2019 and join in PEFC’s birthday celebrations!


03 How to enter

Lets Instagram and let pictures speak of what could not be conveyed through words. Head to Instagram and enter your photograph mentioning the hashtag #nccfindia19 – it is as simple as that!

The deadline for submitting your photograph is 5 June 2019 – World Environment Day. Any entries submitted after this date will not be considered.


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 winning photos, that do justice to our theme, will enter the international contest and compete for the 2019 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award!

  • The winner will receive a trip to Würzburg, Germany, to attend the 2019 PEFC Forest Certification Week or a cash prize of 2000 CHF.
  • The top 12 photos will be publicly exhibited at the 2019 PEFC Forest Certification Week in Würzburg, Germany, in November 2019 and potentially in other places around the world throughout 2019/2020.
  • The top 12 photos will be featured in the 2020 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 in 1999 by small- and family forest owners to demonstrate excellence in sustainable forest management.

20 years on, 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, which currently covers nearly 50 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.