As featured by PEFC International
The winning images of PEFC Italy’s 2021 Photo Contest show amazing forest landscapes and a surprising encounter in the forest.
The Italian jury had the tricky task to choose three winners from more than 400 photos that entered the contest.
First prize went to Paola Toniutti, for her photo ‘Incontri emozionanti’ (‘Exciting encounters’). The image shows a roe deer on a grove in Codroipo in Udine, Northern Italy, looking curiously at the photographer.
In second place was Simone Spina, for the photo ‘Bosco Incantato’ (‘Enchanted Forest’), taken in a beech forest in Lioni, Southern Italy (Campania Region).
“My passion for photography stems from the desire to immortalise the beauty of my surroundings to the best of my ability,” he said.
“I took my photo during an educational trip with my university friends. I didn’t have much time, so I freehanded this glimpse of the forest with the anemones in the foreground and the sun illuminating the forest with this star effect.”
Sonia Fantini (the 2019 PEFC photographer of the year!) won the bronze medal for the photo ‘Autunno al lago Federa’ (‘Autumn at Lake Federa’), showing a larch grove in Cortina d’Ampezzo in Northern Italy.
“Lake Federa is a wonderful place in the Ampezzo Dolomites that becomes even more magical when the larch trees turn yellow in autumn.”
For first prize, Paola Toniutti can look forward to a weekend for two at Tenuta di Paganico, in the heart of the Grosseto Maremma in Tuscany. The prize includes one night’s accommodation at the estate’s farmhouse, including dinner for two and a guided tour of the estate and forest.
For second place, Simone Spina receives a PEFC-certified solid wood table, handcrafted by the Aschieri De Pietri company of Casalmaggiore.
Sonia Fantini gets a kit consisting of a notebook, diary and many other PEFC-certified stationery items.
To see all the photos entered into PEFC Italy’s photo contest, head to Instagram and search for the hashtag #scattailboscoPEFC21.
Experience Forests, Experience PEFC
PEFC Italy’s contest was one of eleven national photo contests run by PEFC members. For the fifth time, we invited photographers and forest lovers to enter their images into the national photo contests and received 5000 photos from forests around the world!
Besides winning a fantastic national prize, the best photos from the national contests will enter the international contest. The overall winner will be announced in November and will receive a cash prize of 2000 CHF. The top 12 photos will be featured in the 2022 PEFC photo calendar.
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