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Dreamlike forest paths star in the winning photos of the Dutch photo contest

Jul 24 2018

PEFC Netherlands announcedNetherland Mariska Kwee 1 the winners of its national photo contest with the theme “mooiste bospaadje” (#mooistebospaadje, Most beautiful forest path).

"We thank all contributors for the lovely photos of their own most beautiful forest paths," said Maarten Willemen, Chairman of PEFC Netherlands. “The accompanying texts often gave an extra dimension to the photo.”

In line with the theme of the contest, the winners received their prizes on a forest path in De Barkel in Wierden – the first PEFC-certified forest in the Netherlands. The award ceremony marked the opening of an exhibition of 20 shortlisted photos.

The winning images

Mariska Kwee won first prize Netherlands Jeroen Schouten 2with her picture “Caught in a minute in a dream that I had”, taken in Ede in Gelderland, Netherlands. The photo was chosen as the winner out of over 300 images entered into the contest.

Second place went to Jeroen Schouten for his image “Lush” taken in Apeldoorn in Gelderland, Netherlands, showing a forest path illuminated by the sun.

“Winter in het Bos” (Winter in the Forest) by Bert Netherlands Bert ten Brink 3ten Brink was awarded third place. The picture was taken in Hilversum in North Holland, Netherlands and impressively shows the winter sun gleaming through the trees.

In addition, the jury chose three winners among images taken by photographers under 18 years.

The winning images from this youth category are:

“Lievelingspaadje langs de beek” (Favourite path along the stream) taken by Roos

“#mooistebospaadje” (#mostbeautifulforestpath) by Mats & Syrah

"Dit maakt mij blij" (This makes me happy) by Vincente & Wouter

The prizes

For first and second place, Ms. Kwee receives a long stay, and Mr. Schouten a weekend, in a tree house in the North Holland Dune Reserve at Camping Geversduinen. For third place, Mr. ten Brink can look forward to a day visit to the Efteling theme park in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands.

For winning first prize in the youth (under 18) category, Roos gets a stay in the Efteling theme park, Mats & Syrah will spend a holiday in a Hobbit house and Vincente & Wouter win a day visit to the Efteling theme park.


You can see all the nominatedNetherlands winners photos from both the adult and youth categories at the exhibition ‘#mooistebospaadje van Nederland’ (most beautiful forest path of the Netherlands) in the De Barkel estate in Wierden, until 16 September.

Alongside their photos, you will also see photos of the winners themselves, on their own most beautiful forest lane. The 26 photos have been printed on canvases and are hanging between the trees on the estate.

All photos entered into the Dutch national contest can be seen on

Experience Forests, Experience PEFC

PEFC Netherlands’ contest was one of 16 national photo contests run by PEFC members. In total, we received more than 12,000 photos from around the world!

The winning photos of the category adults will join the winners from the other national contests for the chance for the 2018 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award. The winner of this contest will be announced in November 2018 and will receive a trip to the 2018 PEFC Forest Certification Week in Geneva, Switzerland or a cash prize of 3000 CHF.

Photo credit: Mariska Kwee, Jeroen Schouten, Bert ten Brink