Responsible Wood has scanned the world for positive stories from the forest. Meet Miroslav Mydlo, a runner up in the ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest…

He tells us more about his photo ‘Life on the move’ and why the forest fascinates and inspires him.

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

My attitude towards the forest is very positive. I always relax there and get positive energy from it. It’s my great inspiration for taking photos, because the forest is different in every moment, every season.

During my childhood, I spent a lot of time in the forests. My grandparents always explained to me why forests and nature are so important for the world. We went for walks there, collected herbs and mushrooms and discovered the fauna and flora around us. My dream is to give my two daughters all my experiences and show them all my memories from times spent in nature. Therefore, we spend a lot of time in the forest.

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

I didn’t plan my photo. It was spontaneous. I was fascinated when I saw the tree and the children playing under it.

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

We have our future in our own hands. We have to deal responsibly with nature and the forest. That is why I think all organizations working to protect and maintain forests are important. Now and for future generations.

About the contest

In our 2019 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest, we invited photographers and forest lovers to show us their best forest photos. The contest took place in 13 countries around the world, and we received photos of wonderful landscapes, wildlife and humans working and playing in the forest. From the thousands of photos we received, we chose our top 12 images – all of which can be seen here.