The forest is a place where I can reconnect with nature

'Fallow deer stag’ was one of the top 12 photos of our 2021 PEFC Photo Contest. Let's hear what the photographer Andrei Lazar says about his magical photo.

The forest is a place where I can reconnect with nature

6 September 2022 Forests in photos

This September, ‘Fallow deer stag’ is our photo in the spotlight. Andrei Lazar, a runner-up in our 2021 PEFC Photo Contest, tells us how this magical photo came about, and why the forest is a special place for him.

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

I think that most people are disconnected from nature, which is a place we belong to. For me, the forest is a place where I can easily reconnect with nature.

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

I took my photo in a grouse forest where there are many deer. The one in the photo was running in circles with a doe as it was in mating season. It noticed me and looked curiously at me for a few moments after which it continued its game of running in circles.

I was deep in the moment, and I tried to emphasize more the feelings that I felt when I saw this beautiful fallow deer. 

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

I think these kinds of organisations are needed in the forestry industry if we want to act in a sustainable way in the future to protect our forests.

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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