One of our most important resources, the Myths & Facts Booklet, has been updated for 2015 including two new facts on; the benefits of packaging and, consumers choice to receive paper communications. Paper has been around for almost 2000 years and, during this time, it has undoubtedly established itself as the most effective and versatile means of communication. However, for a long time the industry has tolerated misinformation about its environmental record. Commonly, that print and paper are considered a primary cause of deforestation, uses a lot of non-renewable energy and has a high carbon footprint. The reality is very different. European forests having grown by 30% since 1950 and are expanding by 1.5 million football pitches every year. Furthermore, the paper industry is Europe’s largest user of renewable, low carbon energy and 54% of the energy used in European paper making is biomass based. It is important not to forget that the digital alternatives also have impacts.
How do forests make a difference to your life? How do you experience the many benefits that forests provide? Whatever forests mean to you, we want to know. Express yourself through your photos and compete for the 2017 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award!
For the first time ever, our members have come together to run a photo contest that spans the world. Taking place in 24 countries, these national contests all run at the same time: from Earth Day (22 April) to World Environment Day (5 June). See if the contest runs in your country!
As well as getting the chance to win a fantastic national prize (like a weekend for two in a certified forest!), the best photos from all the national contests will enter the international contest.
The winner of international contest, the 2017 PEFC Photographer of the Year, will receive a trip to Helsinki, Finland to attend the 2017 PEFC Forest Certification Week or a cash prize of 3000 CHF. The top 12 photos will also be publicly exhibited during PEFC Week and be featured in the 2018 PEFC ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo calendar.
Get out into the forest!
Forests offer endless opportunities for amateur and professional photographers alike – from nature photography of breath-taking landscapes and beautiful trees and wildlife; to sports and action shots of mountain bikers and hikers, to documentary pictures showing the work of foresters, the life of rural communities, or local traditions.
You can enter a wide variety of photographs: from forest landscapes to close ups within the forest. We also want to see people in the forest – living, working or playing. Let your imagination run free!
more at: http://pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/2340-get-your-cameras-and-phones-ready-become-the-2017-pefc-photographer-of-the-year