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Orangutan takes first place in Indonesian photo contest

Sep 14 2017

IFCC 1 winner 2017Indonesia’s forests are diverse and beautiful, with their own distinctive features and charms. Photographers from across the country highlighted these stunning forests through the photo contest ‘Explore Indonesia Forest with IFCC’.

“We received more than 200 photos within two weeks of launching the photo contest. As this was the first national photo contest held by IFCC, this was very marvelous moment,” said Zulfandi Lubis, Executive Director of IFCC, the PEFC member for Indonesia.

“By the end of the contest we had received 1,500 beautiful moments captured by fantastic Indonesian photographers!”

“The judges had to work hard to select just five winning photos out of such an amazing selection,” Mr. Lubis concluded.

The winners

In first place was Yohan Roy Gratia with the stunning ‘Our home’. This photo captures a moment of an orangutan’s life in Gunung Leuser National Park in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

“We need to protect and preserve Indonesia's diversity and wealth,” highlighted Mr. Gratia.

IFCC 2 winner 2017Dika Yudha Rio Pamungkas came in second with ‘The life is beautiful’. Taken in Karanganyar Regency in Central Java, the photo shows a family enjoying the beauty of the Jumog Waterfall.

“This photo teaches us how to simply enjoy the day and feel grateful of life and nature. Life was so beautiful as the moment I captured this photo,” said Mr. Pamungkas.

In third was ‘The harmonious co-existence between Waerebo native and the forest’ by Suwandi Chandra.

The photo captures an aerial view of a traditional Waerebo village located in deep inside the forests of Flores Island, in the southernmost province of Indonesia. There, many locals still live as they have done for centuries, depending on the forests for their livelihoods.

‘Bird Migration’ by Mushaful Imam was awarded fourth prize. Taken in the South Sumatra, it shows a bird migration over the top of a mangrove forest.

IFCC 5 winner 2017Completing the top five images was ‘Water Bombing’ by Sapto Nugroho, taken in the Suligi Hill Forest of Riau Province.

Water bombing is a type of aerial firefighting, with firefighters using helicopter to combat wildfires. Helicopter water bombing is also performed for land maintenance, especially during dry season.

Experience Forests, Experience PEFC

These three winning images along with a further three runners up will 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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