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Enthusiasm for forests at the heart of Germany’s winning photos!

Aug 31 2017

Germany 1 BuchenStately Bavarian beech trees star in the winning photo of PEFC Germany’s ‘Erlebe den Wald. Erlebe PEFC’ photo contest.

Andreas Waldmueller’s image ‘Beech trees’ won first prize out of more than 100 photographs entered into the national competition.

“I love to walk through my forest. Whether it is to gather mushrooms for dinner, search for trees attacked by bark beetles, or simply to unwind,” explained amateur photographer and forest owner Mr. Waldmueller.

In second place was ‘Sunrise in summer’ by Robert Sommer, capturing the Glaskogen nature reserve in Sweden at the perfect moment, as the sun rose above the trees, illuminating the fog beautifully.

Peter Braunholz came in in third place with his image ‘Boy you turned me IV’, showing a surreal water reflection in the forests of the Harz region of Germany.

“I love nature, and especially trees. I want to use my photographs to show people the different facets of the beauty of the forest,” Mr. Braunholz commented.

The prizes

Germany 2 SommermorgenA jury picked the three winning images during PEFC Germany’s Annual General Assembly.

With his winning entry, Mr. Waldmueller won a 500 € voucher for a photo store.

Second-place finisher Mr. Sommer can look forward to barbecuing with a year’s supply of PEFC-certified ProFagus charcoal and a discount voucher for a barbecue on top.

Mr. Braunholz received a voucher for a PEFC-certified photo album for his third-placed photo.

Experience Forests, Experience PEFC

PEFC Germany’s photo contest was one of 23 national photo competitions held by PEFC members around the world: from Earth Day to World Environment Day. In total, we received more than 11,000 photos!

As well as winning a fantastic national prize, the best photos from all the national contests were entered into the international contest and now compete for the 2017 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award!

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.

The top 12 photos will also be publicly exhibited during PEFC Week and be featured in the 2018 PEFC ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo calendar.

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(as of September 2018)

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