Young photographers urged to capture beauty of our woodlands

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Children and young people throughout Wales are being urged to reach for their cameras to snap the beauty of our woodlands and celebrate the International Year of the Forest.

Forestry Commission Wales wants our future generation to capture a moment in time of one of our most beautiful and constantly changing habitats to help the United Nations raise awareness of the key role of forests and sustainable forest management in building a greener future.

Children up to the age of 18 are being invited to enter a photography competition, with the best entries winning an education visit for all their classmates to a Welsh Government woodland of their school’s choice.

The best entries for each of the two age groups – under 11s and 12 to 18-year-olds – will also receive high street gift vouchers to the value of £100, £75 and £50, and could see their images used in Forestry Commission Wales publications.

The competition is being run by the Woodlands for Learning (WfL) team, which engages with thousands of children every year as part of its ongoing programme of educational, community and recreational events using woodlands as a learning environment.

North Wales Education Manager Ffion Hughes said, “Autumn is a magical time of year in our woodlands and one of the best times to go for a day out.

“We want to capture Welsh woodlands through the eyes of the next generation and hope the competition will inspire children and young people to explore their local woods – taking their cameras with them, of course!”

The topic for the under 11s group is, “Wonderful Welsh Woodlands”, while the theme for the 12 to 18 years group is simply, “Time”.

Posters promoting the competition have been circulated among schools and nurseries throughout Wales, and fliers will also be displayed at Forestry Commission Wales visitor centres and offices.

Entries should be sent to Ffion Hughes by no later than 18 November at with the following details: name, age, address (and email address), school name and location, and where the photograph was taken.

A maximum of three entries per person is allowed and the photographs must be taken in Wales.


Copyright of all competition entries will remain with the photographer, but Forestry Commission Wales reserves the right to publish the winning pictures free of charge for publicity purposes.

Entrants must not be professional photographers and must be under 18 years of age.

The United Nations has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests. It has invited governments, organisations and individuals to do all they can to raise public awareness of the key role of forests and sustainable forest management in building a greener, more equitable and sustainable future.

A total of 14.3 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Government.

Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.

The FC Wales Woodlands for Learning team delivers woodland-based learning experiences throughout Wales, supports the development and delivery of Forest School and facilitates the Forest Education Initiative on behalf of its partners.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

Press office contact: Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email