Humans, wildlife and forest landscapes – the winners of Sweden’s photo contest have it all

Discover the winners of PEFC Sweden's ‘Experience Forests – Experience PEFC’ photo contest!

Humans, wildlife and forest landscapes – the winners of Sweden’s photo contest have it all

6 September 2019 Forests in photos

PEFC Sweden announced the winners of its ‘Upplev skogen – upplev PEFC!’ (‘Experience Forests – Experience PEFC’) photo contest.

Blåbärsskogen by Ulf Troeng 

With more than 200 wonderful images entered into the contest, choosing three winners was not an easy task for the Swedish jury.

The winning images

First prize went to Ulf Troeng for his photo ‘Blåbärsskogen’ (The Blueberry Forest), showing a young girl on her search for chanterelles.

“On the photo you can see my niece stepping into the forest in search of chanterelles,” said the winning photographer. “It was such a beautiful autumn day with clear air, blue sky and sunshine. A lovely moment in the forest together with the family.”

Nyfiken by Monica Larsson

Monica Larsson came in second with her photo ‘Nyfiken’ (Curious).

“On a wonderful morning in the forest, suddenly a curious fox puppy came by, on its own little adventure without its siblings,” she said.

Katharina Svensson Vikström won third prize for a summery photo, accompanied with the words “In my dreams”. 

The photo shows a gravel road winding its way through a birch forest on an early summer evening in the Swedish countryside.

The prizes

For first place, Mr. Troeng receives Peugeot spice mills made of PEFC-certified beech wood.

Ms. Larsson wins a copy of the book "Birds in Swedish folk tradition" by ethnobiologist Ingvar Svanberg.

Ms. Svensson Vikström can look forward to a practical backpack – perfect for carrying snacks for a day in the forest.

To see more photos entered into Sweden’s contest, head to Instagram and search for the hashtag #upplevskogen2019!

Experience Forests, Experience PEFC

PEFC Sweden's contest was one of 13 national photo contests run by PEFC members.

Besides winning a fantastic national prize, the best photos from the national contests will enter the international contest. The overall winner will be announced in November and will receive a trip to the 2019 PEFC Forest Certification Week in Germany or 2000 CHF.

The top 12 photos will be featured in the 2020 PEFC photo calendar, and exhibited at PEFC Forest Certification Week.


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