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Photo Competition - Celebrating Our Shared Vision for Trees, Woods and Forests

Teagasc Forest Photo Competition 2022

'Celebrating Our Shared National Vision for Trees, Woods and Forests' is a three-themed competition that focused on the many benefits of our trees and forests. The competition provided a great opportunity for non-professional photographers and photo enthusiasts to get snapping while being in with a chance to win exciting prizes.

Trees and forests provide wonderful settings to enjoy nature, particularly during the autumn, with spectacular changing colours. They provide multiple benefits for people, ranging from carbon storage and protection of water quality to increased income and employment opportunities, many in rural areas. Wood from our forests is multi-purpose with its uses ranging from spectacular building components to ornate furniture.

Competition & Prizes

The 'Celebrating Our Shared Vision for Trees, Woods and Forests' competition focused on three consecutive forest themes running from October to December, 2022. At the end of each theme period, the winner for that theme was chosen and received a prize of €400 in vouchers with €100 in vouchers for each of two selected runners up.

Each theme winner went forward to a Grand Final on December 16, when the overall competition winner won a further €600 in vouchers.


This year's competition featured three themes: Forests for Nature, Forests for People and Forests for Wood (see table below)

Theme Eligible entry periodView the winning images
Theme 1: Forests for Nature 

9 AM, October 6 to 5 PM, October 28

Photo competition 2022 - Forests for Nature 

Theme 2: Forests for People

9 AM, October 29 to 5 PM, November 21

Photo competition 2022 - Forests for People 
Theme 3: Forests for Wood

9 AM, November 22 to 5 PM, December 13

Photo competition 2022 - Forests for Wood  

Overal winner announced!

The overall winner of the 2022 Teagasc forest photo competition was announced by the Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett, on Friday 16 December. The worthy winner of the "Celebrating our shared national vision for trees, woods and forests" competition is Ciaran Willmore from Dublin with his image "The Hidden Waterfall".

This striking photograph, celebrates the constant interactions of forests and water in Glenmalure, Co Wicklow, one of Ciaran’s favourite places. 

Minister Pippa Hackett with Teagasc Forestry Liaison Officer Paul Butler announcing the overall forest photo competition winner 2022

Category winners

The winning images of the three featured categories: Forests for Nature, Forests for People and Forests for Wood can be viewed below (click on each image to enjoy a larger version).