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Mountain sunset takes first place in Slovakian photo contest

Jul 27 2017

Slovakia 1 Mountain SunsetA stunning mountain sunset, three baby owls, and the light glinting through the trees: what do they have in common? They are the subjects of the winning photos of PEFC Slovakia’s ‘Objavuj les, objavuj PEFC’ photo contest!

In first place was ‘Mountain Sunset’ by Jaroslav Vyhnička, winning the photographer a weekend for two in the beautiful Zrub Veronika log cabin in Kríž.

“If there is a horizon in the photo, it should be either one third or two thirds of the photo,” said Milan Longauer, a member of the jury, explaining why they chose this as the winning image.

“If the horizon is in the lower third, logically, there is more emphasis on the sky and clouds, which is the case for this photo. This part of the photo is more colorful and more interesting than the bottom of the horizon.”

Slovakia 2 Wondering Babies of Boreal Owls‘Čudujúce sa mláďatá pôtika kapcavého’ (wondering babies of boreal owls) by Miroslav Sanig was awarded second place, winning Mr. Sanig a Polar M400 GPS sports watch.

“The photo has a strong spatial effect due to the low depth of field of the blurred background. The main object then emerges directly from the background,” said Milan Longauer.

In third place was Emil Rakyta's work entitled ‘Hra lúčov’ (game of rays), winning him a 150 Euro GRUBE voucher of his choice.

Slovakia 3 Game of Rays“It is not easy to capture the sun rays passing through the forest," concluded Milan Lungauer.

"In this photograph, the term ‘Decisive Moment’ is used. It's the magical hundredth of a second, in which all the elements of the picture unfold as they should, and when you press the shutter button, you capture a unique shot.”


Experience Forests, Experience PEFC

These three winning images, along with three runners up, join the winning photos from the other 22 national PEFC photo contests for the chance to win the 2017 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award!

Taking place around the world, these national contests all ran at the same time: from Earth Day to World Environment Day. In total, we received more than 11,000 photos!

The winner of international contest will receive a trip to Helsinki, Finland to attend the 2017 PEFC Forest Certification Week or a cash prize of 3000 CHF.

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