Teagasc Forestry Development Department Reveals Winners of Forestry Photo Competition
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department has announced the winners of category one of its forestry photo competition, which is titled ‘Celebrating the New Forestry programme 2023-2027’. The winning images were selected from a wide range of photographs that were submitted from across the country.
The theme of category one was ‘Trees and Biodiversity’. In the adult category, the winner was Adrian Nolan from Co. Galway, with a captivating photo showcasing life on the forest floor. Skyla McPartland from Co. Leitrim emerged as the junior winner with a multifaceted picture that depicted the various layers of an ecosystem.
Both winners will receive a voucher worth €300 and will also be entered into the Grand Final on December 15. At the Grand Final, an overall winner will be chosen from each of the three theme winners in both the junior and adult categories. The overall winner will receive an additional €300 voucher.
Tom Houlihan, the acting head of the Forestry Development Department at Teagasc, expressed his admiration for the winning photo, stating, “This striking photo combines a number of very attractive elements; the tall serene trees with the ray of sunlight captured just at the moment it shines through; and the fungal structure, a diverse range of which occur in our forests, reminding us that biodiversity occurs in many forms, some of which often go unnoticed.”
Paul Butler, the Teagasc forestry liaison officer, commended Adrian Nolan’s winning photo in the adult category, describing it as “a great illustration of the often hidden lower layers of the forest”.
The competition’s category two, titled ‘Trees on the farm’, is now open for entries until November 20, 2023, for both age categories.