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Winner of ‘Trees on the Farm’ Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced


The Teagasc Forestry Development Department today announced the winner of Category 2 of its ongoing forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests’. The worthy winner is Ms Zita Power, from Wexford, currently residing in county Wicklow.

Feeding time under the oak tree - Zita Power

Ms Zita Power winner of the second category in the Teagasc Forest Photo Competition with her winning image, entitled ‘Feeding time under the oak tree . 

As Zita explains, her winning image, entitled ‘Feeding time under the oak tree’, captures the ‘wondrous sight of a piglet wrestling for milk against the backdrop of a lush oak tree’.  She describes this simple but captivating farm experience as ‘a welcome and well needed break from the current chaos of the world’.

Zita’s winning image was selected from over 150 diverse images, featuring trees on the farm, recently submitted to Teagasc for Category 2 of the competition. This competition, which will continue to invite entries from budding photographers over November, focuses on four separate forestry themes, each running over a fortnightly period. As winner of the second category, ‘Trees on the Farm’, Zita will receive a voucher to the value of €250. Zita’s winning entry also progresses to the grand final on December 8. On that date, she will be in contention, along with the three other category winners, to collect further vouchers worth €750. This will bring the overall competition winner’s prize to a value of €1000.

In congratulating Zita on her achievement, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer Michael Somers said: ‘Zita’s captivating photo resonated with the judges. It provides a fine example of how trees, which represent a multipurpose resource, can fit in on the farm; enhancing the farm aesthetics and offering shelter for natural processes that are always a joy to behold. The image also reflects the turning of the season as well as the cycle of birth and renewal. It is also gratifying for the judges to experience the continued range of great images from participants of all ages’. The winning photo, along with a selection of highly commended photo entries for ‘Trees on the Farm’, can now be viewed on the forestry section of the Teagasc website at www.teagasc.ie/forestphotos.

Entries are now invited for the third category of the Teagasc forest photo competition - ‘Forest Wildlife and Plants’ - up to 5 PM on November 12, 2020. This ongoing competition is open to non-professional photographers and a maximum of one photo per participant is allowed for each category. Please also consult www.teagasc.ie/forestphotos for full details as well as terms and conditions. Once again, Teagasc sincerely thanks all participants and wishes them well for the two remaining competition categories.