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2018 PEFC Photographer of the Year – we have a winner!!

Published on 13 November 2018

We are pleased to announce the winner and the 12 finalists of the 2018 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award!

From International Day of Forests until World Environment Day, we asked photographers to show us what forests mean to them – and received more than 12,000 stunning images from around the world.Winner Photo Contest 2018

The winner

Our jury chose Kyoko Harada with her photo ‘Digging Bamboo Shoots in Spring’ as the winner of the photo contest.

Photo contest winner Kyoko Harada smallTaken in the Chiba Prefecture in eastern Japan, the image shows the photographer’s family digging bamboo shoots in a forest.

“My family loves the forest! For us, it is a place to interact with nature and learn about food. We are very grateful for the natural blessings the forest brings us,” says Kyoko.

“Digging bamboo shoots is a Japanese tradition. It is not easy, but it is a lot of fun. We try to find the ones with a small tip visible on the ground and dig them out with a shovel,” she explains.

The winning photo highlights the various benefits of forests: besides providing food and recreation, they can also help us learn about nature.

Kyoko receives 3000 CHF for her winning image, and her photo, along with the 11 other top images, is on display this week during our PEFC Forest Certification Week in Geneva, Switzerland.Photo Contest Winner Kyoko Harada Small

Our top 12 photos

Choosing a winner was not easy, as all our top 12 photos are gorgeous. From sun pierced trees and endangered animals to enchanted forests – they are all worth seeing!

Visit Flickr and have a look!