In 2011, FSC UK launched a photographic competition to celebrate The International Year of Forests. We were looking for striking seasonal photographs taken in FSC certified forests or of FSC products.
The panel of judges, which included FSC UK Staff and Trustees and a representative from WWF, drew up a shortlist of their favourite entries for each season. The shortlist was then posted online and the public were invited to vote for their favourite. Prizes were awarded for each season with a seperate category for under 16s.
The winner of the Spring category is Paul Chambers with his beautiful photo taken in the moonlight at the Forestry Commission’s New Forest.
In second place is Tony Parkin for his photograph of the Red Squirrel taken at Center Parcs’ Whinfell Forest.
Third place goes to Ian Knight for his photo of the Five Spot Burnets taken at the Forestry Commission’s Sutton Manor Wood.
Under 16s: Spring
© Rachel LowsonThe winner of the under 16s category was Rachel Lowson aged 14 for her photograph of the sunshine coming through the trees at the Forestry Commission’s Sherwood Pines Forest.
The overall winner of the Summer category, with 31% of the vote is Craig Denford for his beautiful photo taken at the Forestry Commission’s Micheldever Wood in Hampshire, at the end of this year’s Bluebell season.
In second place is Babs Jones for her photograph of the Bank Vole taken at The Forestry Commission’s Symonds Yat Wood in Gloucestershire.
Third place goes to Jennifer Ball for her photo of the pathway through the forest taken at the Forestry Commission’s Dalby Forest near Pickering.
Under 16s: Summer
© George EdwardsThe winner of the under 16s summer category was George Edwards aged 10 for his photograph taken at Center Parcs’ Whinfell Forest. George captured the hungry squirrel climbing into the feeding box with great photographic composure and character. Well done George!
The overall winner of the Autumn category, with 21% of the vote is Andrew Bellham for his beautiful photo taken at the Forestry Commission’s Salcey Forest, Northampton.This photo is a true representation of what you are likely to find in a UK forest in the Autumn. The colours are spectacular and we think the photo is composed beautifully.
In second place is Andrew Whitmarsh for his photograph of the ‘Path through the mist’, taken at The Forestry Commission’s Marden Block, West Sussex.This striking image has great composition and features a beautiful forest scene with great colour.
Third place goes to David Potts for his photo of the Greater Spotted Woodpecker taken at Center Parc’s Whinfell Forest. Dave has managed to capture this Woodpecker feeding on a tree. What a lovely site! The contrasting colours in this image are wonderful.
Under 16s: Autumn
The winner of the under 16s Autumn category is James Polley, aged 15 for his photograph taken in The New Forest. The light coming through the trees gives the photo a very unique and mysterious autumnal feel. A special prize was awarded to Ellie Ferguson (aged 13) for her photo of a Red Squirrel taken at Center Parc’s Whinfell Forest. We loved Ellie’s photo of a cheeky squirrel in action. Well done for capturing this, Ellie.
The winner of the Winter category is Steve Lovick with his beautiful photo taken in the Forestry Commission’s Micheldever wood.
The prize for second place goes to Derek Liversidge for the photograph of the fallen tree taken in Savernake Forest.
Joint third place goes to Eddie Orwell for his photo taken at the Wilverley Inclosure in the New Forest, alongside this lovely wintery landscape photo taken at Bedgebury on a sunny winters day.
Under 16s: Winter
The joint winners of the under 16s category were Kali and Harry Rowan. Congratulations to you both!