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People’s choice - pick the overall winners of the Teagasc Forestry Photo Competition

People’s choice - pick the overall winners of the Teagasc Forestry Photo Competition

Since its launch in September, Teagasc has received hundreds of entries to our annual forestry photo competition.

‘Celebrating the New Forestry Programme 2023-2027’ focused on the multi-functional nature of forests. This year’s competition featured three themes of: Trees and Biodiversity; Tress on the Farm; and the Forest Harvest. Our judging panel has narrowed down the entries to the winners of each theme.

Each theme has a prize of €300 for an adult category winner and €300 for a junior category winner. Each adult and junior theme winner have now gone forward to the Grand Final, where a further €300 prize will be given to the overall category winners for both adult and junior categories. Now it’s your opportunity to select the overall winner from each age group.

Trees and Biodiversity

The first theme, 'Trees and Biodiversity', ran from October 5 to October 26 and focused on the animal and plant life in and around forests, how and where forests provide shelter and food for animals including insects, birds and mammals, as well as other flowering plants.

View the winning entries here.

Trees on the Farm

Between October 27 and November 20, entries were accepted to the second theme of ‘Trees on the Farm’. This theme covered all aspects of trees on the farm and how forests and trees are integrated into other farming activities and into the overall landscape. Trees provide shelter from wind and sun for farm animals and can help in protecting water courses.

View the winning entries here.

The Forest Harvest

The final theme, 'The Forest Harvest', was open for entries between November 21 and December 11. This was a celebration of all that we can get from forests. Of course, there is construction timber - one of the most valuable forest materials used by humans - but other harvests include fungi, berries and firewood. Perhaps another product from the forest is the wellbeing and health benefits of spending time amongst the trees.

View the winning entries here.

For more information and to cast your vote in the Teagasc Forestry Photo Competition, click here.