The forest is a place to relax, breathe and meditate

This month, we hear from Radenko Malic, a runner up in our 2021 PEFC Photo Contest. In our interview, Radenko shared the story behind his photo taken in a forest in Serjuče Moravče Slovenia.

The forest is a place to relax, breathe and meditate

1 March 2022 Forests in photos

This March, our photo in the spotlight is ‘The carpet of moss’, taken by Radenko Malic, a runner-up in our 2021 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ Photo Contest.

Radenko tells us how his stunning photo came about, and why the forest is not only a special and inspiring, but also a vitally important place for all of us.

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

I love to take landscape photographs, and the forest gives me a special feeling for the environment. It is a place to relax, breathe and meditate, which are all the things I do while taking a picture.

Since the forests are the lungs of our planet, I want to present the good and the bad sides in the forests to society. Without forests we don't have a chance of a high-quality living.

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

I got a wide-angle lens for my birthday, and I wanted to test it – and where better to do so than in the forest? As I mentioned before, I love landscape photography, and this had been my wish for a long time.

When walking around the forest, listening to its silence, I saw this fallen trunk covered in moss. It was the only thing in the forest that was lit by the sun. It was such a beautiful sight that I had to take a picture.

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

I totally agree with the work of such organizations, since forests are so important for our lives, the environment, and many animal species. It is important to protect the forests and to have an overview of preserving healthy trees for many generations to come.

About the contest

In 2021, we held our ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest for the fifth time. Taking place in 11 countries, we received 5000 stunning photos, taking us to the wonderful world of forests. 

Have a look at the top 12 images of the 2021 contest here. To learn more about the photos, watch the winner announcement on Facebook Live.


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