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A forest is a place of peace

Jun 29 2018

This June, Robert Sommer, a runner up in our 2017 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest shared the story behind his stunning picture 'Sunrise in Summer', taken on one of the countless lakes of the Glaskogen Nature Reserve in Sweden.

Sunrise in Summer June2

How do you feel about forests?

A forest is a place of peace for me. I like to be out in nature and a forest has so much to offer.

How did the forest inspire you to take your winning photo?

I liked the little forest on the island in the middle of the lake. So I came back in the early morning to capture an image with the rising sun and some fog. The atmosphere was incredible: a misty veil lay across the lake and we could hear nothing but the splendid black-throated loon in the distance.

Is there anything better than taking a photo of an island in the middle of a lake? In such moments, a photographer's heart definitely beats a little faster.

What you think of the work that an organization such as PEFC does to care for forests

The work of an organization such as PEFC is absolutely important and I think it should get more appreciation and a lot more public attention.

About the contest

In 2017 we held the first ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest. Taking place in 23 countries, we received over 11,000 photos from forests around the world.

From the thousands of photos received, we chose our top 12 images, all of which can be seen here. For every month of 2018, we will be showcasing one of these photos.

See the photos from earlier in the year:

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Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of December 2018)

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