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Squirrel takes first place in Slovakian photo contest

Jul 31 2018

The curious glance of a squirrel Squirrel Slovakian contestconvinced the jury of their winner for PEFC Slovakia’s ‘Discover the forest, discover PEFC’ photo contest.

Martin Šebesta was in the right place at the right time when he took the winning image on Mount Ježová, northwest of Detva, Slovakia.

“The mild, blurred backlight that is reflected in the squirrel’s eyes creates a magical atmosphere. The photo is amazing and deserves this first place," said prof. Vladimír Čaboun from the National Forestry Center of Slovakia.

Last rest Slovakian contestFor first place, Mr. Šebesta wins a stay in a chalet in the holiday resort pod Jaseňom in Oravská Lesná, Slovakia.

The runners up

Second place went to Tomáš Kocún for his photo ‘Posledný odpočinok’ (Last rest), of a tree "sleeping" in his homeland of the High Tatra Mountains in northern Slovakia.

Dávid Greňa won third prize for his photo ‘Krásy Pienin’ (The Beauty of Pieniny), taken in the Pieniny Mountains in northern Slovakia.

“In the Pieniny Mountains, one can find the most beautiful autumn Colours Slovakian contestcolours and no nature lover should miss them,” commented the photographer.

Mr. Kocún receives a weekend stay for four persons in the chalet LESY Donovaly, in Staré Hory, Slovakia, and Mr. Greňa recieves a voucher for 150€ at GRUBE.

If you are interested in seeing the many other photos entered into the Slovakian contest, just head to Instagram and search for the hashtag #objavujles!


Experience Forests, Experience PEFC

PEFC Slovakia’s contest was one of 16 national photo contests run by PEFC members. As well as winning a national prize, the best photos from all the national contests will enter into the international contest and compete for the 2018 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award!

The winners of the award will be announced in November 2018 and will receive a trip to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 2018 PEFC Forest Certification Week or a cash prize of 3000 CHF.

Photo credit: Martin Šebesta, Tomáš Kocún, Dávid Greňa