Thank you to our panel of judges and to the following organisations for supporting our 2014 Photography Competition:

Forestry Commission

"We have put sustainability at the heart of our forestry policies and practices so that we can realise the full potential of our woodlands as economic, environmental and social resources. Forestry Commission woodlands carry the FSC stamp of approval. This makes us the largest supplier of FSC certified round timber in the UK".

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Go Ape

There are 29 Go Ape adventures around the country, all set in some of Britain’s most spectacular forests.  It’s the forest adventure that everyone is talking about!

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(c) National Trust

“The National Trust has one of the largest areas of certified woodland owned by one organisation in the UK. The Trust  is delighted to be involved with the FSC UK photo competition, which will help raise awareness of the importance of certified timber and associated wood products".

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"Forest certification is widely seen as the most important initiative of the last decade to promote better forest management. Currently WWF considers the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) the most credible certification system to ensure environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests".


"At Cuprinol we are passionate about wood so we understand the importance of safeguarding the world's forests, as well as the people that live and work in them. That's why we are working in partnership with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) to help protect the supply of wood for the future".

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Field Studies Council

"We want to know that the paper we use for our printing comes from responsible sources, so we now choose paper that carries the Forest Stewardship Council logo".

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2014 FSC UK Photography Competition

Submit photos taken in FSC certified forests or of FSC certified products for a chance to win.

Photos must be submitted by Sunday 30th November and they will be judged by a judging panel.
The winner and runner up in each category, as decided by the judges, will be entered into a public vote.

Get snapping and be in with a chance of winning!


Terrific Trees

(c) Max More
(c) Stephen Harding
(c) Chris Jones

Photos could be of individual trees or of woodlands scenes...

Woodland Wildlife

(c) Richard Allen
(c) Iain Leadley - taken in Dalby Forest (Forestry Commission)
(c) Amy Leadbetter - taken in Coed y Brenin (Natural Resources Wales)

British woodlands are teeming with wildlife... can you snap an entry on your next woodland walk? Don't forget that insects can also be very photogenic!

Flora and Fungi

(c) Nick Young - taken in Dyfi Woodland (Natural Resources Wales)
(c) Yi Sun - taken Ashridge Estate (National Trust)

From bluebells to boletes... flora and fungi photo opportunities abound.

Working in the Woods

(c) Robert Clamp - taken in Dean Forest (Forestry Commission Scotland)
(c) Nathan Davies - Brechfa Forest (Natural Resources Wales)

Can you see evidence of woodland management? Snap a photo and enter the 'working in the woods' category.

Places for People

(c) Saul Knight - taken in Sherwood Pines Forest Park (Forestry Commission)
(c) Phil Croucher - taken in Harling Woods (Forestry Commission)
(c) Christopher Bedwell - taken in Thetford Forest (Forestry Commission)

Forests are important to a wide variety of people - especially those that live, work and play in forests.

People across the UK use forests for leisure and education, in addition to the many people employed in the forestry sector. Please note that we also have a 'working in the woods' category. You are welcome to enter your photo in more than one category.

Lovely Labels

(c) Amy Chilver
(c) Richard Allen - FSC Pencils
(c) Rebecca Beesley - FSC Bench
(c) James Ballantyne - FSC labelled bird books

The FSC 'tick tree' logo is your guarantee that the product has come from a well-managed forest and is not the result of deforestation.

FSC certified products include furniture, books, cards, toilet paper, charcoal, compost, magazines, tissues, packaging and even footballs (latex is also a forest product!).

Snap a photo of an FSC labelled product and be in with a chance of winning.


Edward Parker, Environmental Photographer

Edward ParkerI have witnessed first-hand the benefits that FSC certification has brought to both the forest and the local people in countries worldwide. I use striking photographic images of forests and people as part of my campaigning armoury and I am honoured to have been asked to judge the FSC photo competition.

Ray Hawes, Head of Forestry at The National Trust

Ray HawesNo trees or woods are the same and knowing when different ones are at their best and being there to enjoy it is very satisfying and capturing them at their finest in a photograph for others to appreciate is a wonderful skill. Being given the opportunity to judge the results is a real privilege but also slightly scary as we all have our own unique take on what trees and woods mean to us and how this is portrayed. However I am sure that FSC Certified woods are more photogenic!

Greg Armfield, Head of Photography, WWF

Greg ArmfieldForests and trees are magnificent, living things. They provide shelter, sustenance and fuel to a myriad of species, including humans. Aesthetically they warm the heart and inspire us with the wonder of nature. They are essential to our well being. The FSC label is a sign of protection. A sign that says I care about forests, for me, my family and the next generation.

Further Information...

How to enter

Enter by emailing your photo(s) to: competitions at fsc-uk point org
Please remember to state:

  • Your name
  • Your 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 photos of FSC certified products)
  • Your contact details
  • Which category you would like to enter your photo into (Terrific Trees, Woodland Wildlife, Flora and Fungi, Working in the Woods, Places for People, Lovely Labels) - please note that you can enter the same photo in more than one category

You can enter as many photos as you like.


The competition will be in two stages:
Stage 1 - entries will be judged by a judging panel and category winners as well as a judges' favourite will be chosen.
Stage 2 - the judges' favourites will be entered into a public vote.

The judges' favourite will win the top prize of tuition by Edward Parker, who we are very grateful to have on our judging panel.

Edward Parker is 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 family ticket (worth £100), which has kindly been donated by Go Ape

The category winners and runners up will receive FSC goody bags including their winning photo framed in an FSC certified wooden frame.  Category winners will also receive a Forestry Commission Discovery Pass, allowing free parking at your local Forestry Commission forest, discounts on events and much more...

FSC Certified Forests

FSC certified forests in the UK include those managed by the Forestry Commission, National Trust, Woodland Trust, and many local councils and Wildlife Trusts.

Please click here for further information on FSC certified forests in the UK.

Please get in touch if you need any further information.

Photographic Inspiration

To see some of our entries from previous years, please click here.

To view Edward Parker's feedback on the category winners and runners up in last year's competition, please click here.

Terms and conditions

All photographs must be taken in FSC certified forests in the UK or feature FSC certified products.

Images should be provided in as high a resolution as possible.

Please remember you will need approval from any people you photograph and you will need the approval of parents or guardians if photographing children.

Open to all (UK only), except for FSC UK staff and members of the judging panel.

FSC UK reserves the right to use all photographs awarded prizes in its marketing activities etc. All photographs will be credited with the caption “© Person’s Name.” 

Prizes - please note that the prize of tuition with Edward Parker does not cover travel and accommodation costs. 

The judges’ decision and the result of the public vote are final.


30th November 2014.

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Some entries from previous years...

(c) Max More - Savernake Forest (Forestry Commission)(c) Max More - Savernake Forest (Forestry Commission)

(c) Odette Barber - Rockingham Forest(c) Odette Barber - Rockingham Forest

(c) James Dickenson - Hucking Estate (Woodland Trust)(c) James Dickenson - Hucking Estate (Woodland Trust)

(c) James Ballantyne - Inshriach Forest (Forestry Commission Scotland)(c) James Ballantyne - Inshriach Forest (Forestry Commission Scotland)

(c) Christopher Bedwell - Thetford Forest (Forestry Commission)(c) Christopher Bedwell - Thetford Forest (Forestry Commission)

(c) Christopher Bedwell - Thetford Forest (Forestry Commission)(c) Christopher Bedwell - Thetford Forest (Forestry Commission)

(c) Phil Croucher - Harling Woods (Forestry Commission)(c) Phil Croucher - Harling Woods (Forestry Commission)

(c) Anne Michaelides - Lyme Park (National Trust)(c) Anne Michaelides - Lyme Park (National Trust)

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