Forests are part of human nature

This month's photo in the spotlight is 'Quiet is the Wilderness' by Petteri Karttunen, a runner up in our 2021 PEFC Photo Contest. In our interview, Petteri told us more about his magical winter photo.

Forests are part of human nature

13 December 2022 Forests in photos

This month, we hear from Petteri Karttunen, a runner up in our ‘2021 Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ Photo Contest. Petteri tells us more about his photo ‘Quiet is the Wilderness’, and what strikes him when walking through the forest.

What do you think about forests, both professionally and personally?

As a photographer, I love to walk in the forests. The over-hundred-year-old forests are my favourites.

It is amazing to stand there and wonder how these places have been almost untouched for ages. I also believe that forests and nature in general are part of the human nature and help us become calm and relaxed. That is one important reason to protect our forests.

How did the forest inspire you to take your winning photo?

My photography has its origins in the fact that I have spent a lot of time in nature since my childhood, admiring its beauty and peace. In Finland, our surrounding nature consists mainly of forests and thus the forest is a valuable and important source of inspiration for me, my photography and for my winning photo. 

What do you think about the work that an organization like PEFC does to manage forests?

The work of PEFC is so important! We should put much more effort into sustainably managing forests, so later generations can also have a chance to enjoy our forests.

About the contest

2021, we held our ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest for the fifth time. Taking place in 11 countries, we received 5000 stunning photos, taking us to the wonderful world of forests. 

Have a look at the top 12 images of the 2021 contest here. To learn more about the photos, watch the winner announcement on Facebook Live.


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