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Forests as places of peace and joy in PEFC Slovenia’s photo contest

Sep 11 2018

What do mystic figures, Mushroom hunting Strniša Sloveniapeace and mushrooms have in common?

They can all be found in Slovenian forests, as PEFC Slovenia’s ‘Občuti gozd, izkusi PEFC’ (Feel the forest, experience PEFC) photo contest illustrates impressively.

The winning images

The winning photo, entitled ‘Gobarjenje’ (Mushroom hunting), was taken by Gašper Strniša in Kokrica Kranj in northern Slovenia.

The photo depicts the photographer’s mother Ent Mlakar Sloveniacollecting mushrooms, wearing a dress with toadstools on it.

“I like this picture of my mother because it reflects her genuine joy,” says Mr. Strniša.

Second prize went to Matej Mlakar for the photo ‘Ent’, taken in Volče in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The Ents, a race of beings in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy world Middle-earth who closely resemble trees, inspired the photographer.

“The Ents appear as guardians of the forest and friends of people. Something that is really needed in our time,” he explains.

Valentina Polič won third prize forAutumn forest with Saro Polič Slovenia ‘Jesenski gozd s Saro’ (Autumn forest with Saro), taken in Maribor Pohorje, Slovenia.

The forest is a very special place for the photographer:

“A forest is a space where I find peace and where I forget about the daily routine”.

All photos entered into Slovenia’s contest are on Instagram at #občutigozd.

Experience Forests, Experience PEFC

PEFC Slovenia’s 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!

Slovenia’s winning photos will enter the international contest and will have the chance to win 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: Gašper Strniša, Matej Mlakar, Valentina Polič