The winners of the Teagasc forest photo competition 2023 were announced yesterday by Minister of State for land use and biodiversity, Pippa Hackett. This year’s competition, titled ‘Celebrating the New Forestry Programme 2023 – 2027’, featured both an adult and a junior section for the first time. A panel of judges selected winners from each of the three themes, with the overall winners chosen by popular choice. Adrian Nolan from Co. Galway was named the overall winner in the adult category. Teagasc described his photo as “well composed” and highlighted the essential role of fungi in the biodiversity of the forest cycle. In the junior category, Jack Byrne from Co. Kilkenny took home the top prize for his “striking” photograph, which captured the sense of fun and imagination that can be found in a forest. Each winner will receive a voucher worth €300, adding to their previous voucher of the same amount, bringing their total winnings to €600.
Minister Hackett congratulated Adrian and Jack on their well-deserved victories and thanked all the participants for showcasing the many roles forests play in our lives. She also expressed her gratitude to Teagasc for their important work in promoting and celebrating the various themes of the new Forestry Programme 2023-2027. She emphasized that this program is the most ambitious to date and supports landowners in planting trees in a way that provides lasting climate, biodiversity, wood production, employment, and wider societal benefits.
Paul Butler, Teagasc’s forestry liaison officer, who coordinated the competition, expressed his sincere gratitude to all the participants for submitting high-quality photographs. He was delighted to see the diverse ways in which the ecosystems, products, and services of forests were reflected in the images. He also thanked the judging panel for their challenging task of selecting the winners and the Teagasc Public Relations Department for their invaluable help in promoting the competition. Butler concluded by stating that Teagasc looks forward to organizing another photo competition in 2024.
In conclusion, the Teagasc forest photo competition 2023 celebrated the beauty and importance of forests in Ireland. The winners, Adrian Nolan and Jack Byrne, captured the essence of forests through their striking photographs. The competition highlighted the crucial role of forests in biodiversity, climate regulation, and wood production. With the support of the new Forestry Programme 2023-2027, Teagasc aims to continue promoting and celebrating the multifaceted benefits of forests in the years to come.