We depend on forests for our survival – from the air we breathe to the wood we use

This month's photo in the spotlight is ‘Beautiful Sunrise at Semenyih Dam’, taken by Tan Ee Long. The photo was one of the winners of Malaysia's 2021 photo contest, and one of the top 12 photos in our international photo contest.

We depend on forests for our survival – from the air we breathe to the wood we use

5 April 2022 Forests in photos

This month, we hear from Tan Ee Long, a runner up in our 2021 PEFC Photo Contest. He tells us more about his photo ‘Beautiful Sunrise at Semenyih Dam’, showing a picturesque view of Semenyih Dam, in Selangor, Malaysia, and why the forest is a special place for him.

What does the forest mean to you?

For me, the forest is a mysterious place. I love to see the forest in different seasons and weather. l feel the tranquillity each time l step into the forest. The forest has a calming and therapeutic effect on me.

We depend on forests for our survival, from the air we breathe to the wood we use. Besides providing habitats for animals and livelihoods for humans, forests also help protect watersheds, prevent soil erosion and mitigate climate change.

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

I like to explore the forest to find potential filming locations. There is no order in the beautiful and chaotic forest. In my photos, I try to simplify the beautiful forest scenes or find order in chaos, instead of capturing the entire scene.

I seek to find a peaceful scene in the chaotic forest, and capture the spirit of the forest. I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time to capture this stunning scene.

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

I think PEFC/MTCC can protect and restore the forest, by promoting its sustainable use. I hope the organizations will continue to do so, also in the future. Thank you PEFC and MTCC.

We all have a role to play in safeguarding our forests. Next time you go shopping, look for the PEFC label.

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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