In the forest I feel calm

Our photo of the month for December is "On Standby" by Isabelle Modave from Belgium, a runner-up in our 2022 Photo Contest.

In the forest I feel calm

5 December 2023 Forests in photos

The last Photo of the Month for this year takes us to Belgium, where Isabelle Modave captured a Kingfisher in an atypical place. The photo ‘On Standby’ was a winner in PEFC Belgium’s 2022 photo contest, and among the top 12 photos in the International contest.

In our interview, Isabelle told us more about her photo and what she loves about the forest.

How do you feel about forests, both professionally and personally?

In the forest I feel calm, I like to smell the trees and nature, there are always beautiful discoveries and encounters to make.

How did the forest inspire you to take your winning photo?

During a walk in the forest, I saw this Kingfisher at the edge of a river. I wanted to take a picture of it because it was in an original and atypical frame. It was sitting on a branch in a tree whereas normally it is rather sits at the edge of the water. I found it really beautiful.

What do you think about the work that an organization such as PEFC does to care for forests?

I think that PEFC takes care of our forests and contributes to their future by protecting them, by organising events around forest themes and by helping the population to be more attentive to biodiversity.

About the contest

In 2022, we held our ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest for the sixth time. Taking place in 13 countries, we received 7500 stunning photos, taking us to the wonderful world of forests. Have a look at the top 12 images here. To learn more about the photos, watch the winner announcement on Facebook Live.


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