Teagasc Forestry Development Department has revealed the winners of the second category in its ongoing forest photo competition, “Celebrating the New Forestry Programme 2023-2027.” The theme of category two was “Trees on the Farm,” which explored the integration of forests and trees into farming activities and the overall landscape. Aoife Hester from Bray, Co. Wicklow, emerged as the winner in the adult category, while Eva Heaphy from Kilworth in Co. Cork secured the junior category prize.
The judges were captivated by Aoife’s photograph, which they felt captured the tranquility often found in the countryside. The image beautifully depicted how forestry and agriculture can coexist, with trees, animals, and fields harmoniously intertwined. Aoife mentioned that she frequently visits the tree in the photo throughout the year, enjoying the ever-changing colors. Eva’s entry was described as “imaginative, colorful, and unusual” by the judges. Eva expressed that the farm where the photo was taken is a haven, allowing her to escape from the outside world as it is nestled deep within a forest.
Both winners will receive a voucher worth €300 and will advance to the grand final on December 15. At the grand final, an overall winner will be selected from each of the three category winners in both the adult and junior age groups. The overall winners will be awarded an additional €300 voucher. The winning photos, along with a selection of highly commended entries from the “Trees on the Farm” category, will be available for viewing on the forestry section of the Teagasc website.
Teagasc also announced that the third and final category of the competition, “The Forest Harvest,” is now open for entries. This category aims to celebrate the diverse range of resources that can be obtained from forests, including timber, fungi, berries, and firewood. Participants can submit their entries until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2023. The competition is open to non-professional photographers, and each participant is allowed to submit a maximum of one photo per category.
This forest photo competition organized by the Teagasc Forestry Development Department serves as a platform to showcase the beauty and importance of forests in Ireland. It highlights the symbiotic relationship between forestry and agriculture, emphasizing the integration of trees and forests into farming practices and the wider landscape. Through these captivating images, the competition aims to raise awareness about the value of forests and their contribution to sustainable development.
As the competition progresses, it provides an opportunity for amateur photographers to showcase their talent and creativity, capturing the essence of Ireland’s forests. The stunning photographs submitted not only demonstrate the aesthetic appeal of trees on the farm but also highlight the potential economic and ecological benefits that forests offer.
With the announcement of the third category, “The Forest Harvest,” participants are encouraged to explore the multifaceted nature of forests. From the provision of timber for construction and fuel to the abundance of edible mushrooms and berries, forests offer a wealth of resources that contribute to various aspects of our daily lives. This category invites photographers to capture the richness and diversity of the forest harvest, showcasing the vital role that forests play in sustaining communities and the environment.
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department invites all non-professional photographers to participate in this competition and share their unique perspective on the forest harvest. By capturing the essence of forests and their bountiful offerings, participants have the opportunity to contribute to the broader understanding and appreciation of Ireland’s forest resources.
As the competition progresses, the Teagasc Forestry Development Department aims to foster a deeper connection between people and forests, encouraging individuals to recognize the significance of sustainable forest management. By highlighting the interplay between forestry and agriculture, the competition showcases the potential for harmonious coexistence between these two vital sectors.
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department encourages all aspiring photographers to seize this opportunity and submit their entries for the “The Forest Harvest” category. With a maximum of one photo allowed per participant, photographers have the chance to capture the essence of the forest harvest and showcase the diverse benefits that forests provide.
As the competition draws to a close, the Teagasc Forestry Development Department looks forward to announcing the overall winners and showcasing the exceptional talent and creativity displayed throughout the competition. The winning photographs will serve as a testament to the beauty and importance of forests in Ireland, inspiring others to appreciate and protect these invaluable natural resources.
To stay updated on the competition and view the winning entries, visit the forestry section of the Teagasc website. The captivating images submitted by talented photographers will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression, further highlighting the significance of forests in our lives and the need for their sustainable management and conservation.