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Forest Challenge

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We plant 1 tree for every photo*

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22 APRIL – 15 JUNE 2020

See the winning photos!

Our Forest Challenge photo contest received stunning images of people in nature from across the world, with participants sharing their relationship with forests inside, nearby, and far away from their cities.

A panel of experts reviewed over 1,000 photos to choose the winners – see below the 3 winners and the 10 runners-up!

BEST FOREST IMAGE

This award was evaluated by an international jury of experienced photographers, communicators, and designers to select the winning image. Congratulations Fundación Futuro!

MEMBER CITY AWARD

This award went to the member city that contributed the most posts – congratulations Salvador! Salvador, Brazil will now receive Special Communication Support from Cities4Forests to develop a local campaign.

MOST POPULAR IMAGE

This award went to the photo that collected the most likes, shares, comments. Congratulations Suruchi Sharma!

BEST FOREST IMAGE

This award was evaluated by an international jury of experienced photographers, communicators or designers.

MEMBER CITY AWARD

This award went to the city that contributed the most posts, and will now receive Cities4Forests Special Communication Support to develop a local campaign.

MOST POPULAR IMAGE

This prize went to the photo that collected the most likes, shares, comments.

1 post = 1 tree

Together with Reforest’Action, Cities4Forests is contributing to a reforestation project in Northern Sumatra, IndonesiaMany mangrove forests are being replaced by palm oil plantations, even though mangrove trees act as valuable barrier to flooding. As promised, we will plant as many trees as photos submitted to the Forest Challenge, planting five species of mangroves to restore local biodiversity and protect the coastlines from rising sea levels.

Reforestation of mangroves in Northern Sumatra – essential to protect the people and the village from flooding. Photo: Reforest’Action.

BEST FOREST IMAGE

This award was evaluated by an international jury of experienced photographers, communicators, and designers to select the winning image.

Prize

$250 USD

MEMBER CITY AWARD

This award went to the member city that contributed the most posts – Salvador, Brazil!

Prize

Cities4Forests Special Communication Support

MOST POPULAR IMAGE

This award went to the photo that collected the most likes, shares, comments.

Prize

$250 USD

22 APRIL

Opening

On the UN Earth Day (#Earthday), we launch the Forest Challenge via our network around the world.

15 JUNE

Closing

The campaign runs through UN World Environment Day on 5 June (#ForNature) for nearly 2 months. Any photos submitted after this date will not be considered for the awards.

29 JUNE

Awards

On the UN International Day of Tropics, we announce the amount of trees planted in a tropical forest and the 3 awards.

Cities4Forests collaborates with the following organizations to advance forest-related climate action.

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See below the international jury composed of professional photographers, designers, and communication and research experts that selected the winner of the Best Forest Image Award.

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Eliseo G. Gasca is the social marketing coordinator at the World Resources Institute Mexico. His experience covers the development and implementation of communications and influence strategies, branding, visual communication, and marketing for sustainable development projects.

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Erika Vilchis is the graphic designer of the World Resources Institute Mexico. She is responsible for the creation of graphic and audiovisual materials for dissemination, and for supervising that the visual guidelines of the institution are used correctly.

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Michel Petillo is a Brussels-based freelance fine art and documentary photographer. He started out as a photographer at the Berlin School of Photography in 2009. His documentary work is inspired by current social, political, religious and environmental issues, producing images that fall midway between fine art photography and classic documentary work.

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Rajeev Malagi is a Manager with the Urban Development and Accessibility team at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. His work focuses on improving public spaces and safe accessibility in cities. Rajeev is an avid photographer and documentary filmmaker and has participated in and won several film-making and urban design competitions.

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Reidinar “Dinar” Juliane is a Communications Specialist at WRI Indonesia. She develops and implements communications strategies for WRI Indonesia as an organization as well as for projects in the areas of forests and landscape, climate change, and sustainable development.

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Sabin Ray is Research Manager at WRI for Cities4Forests. She leads the WRI team’s global research, helping deliver actionable tools and insights for cities to maximize the benefits from trees and forests for water, air quality, biodiversity, climate, economic development, and more.

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Scott Francisco is a Co-founder and director of Cities4Forests, and the Founder and Director of Pilot Projects Design Collective in Montreal and NYC. Scott’s work on the design of urban infrastructure in partnership with forests has led to the formation of numerous international networks such as Wood at Work and The Future of Forest Work and Communities.

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Serrah Galos is a photographer based in Rwanda. His mission is to show the beauty of African communities. The art of photography is his voice for telling stories of hope and redemption.

Best Forest Image Runners-up

Submitted by Medusa Pics

From: Würzburg, Germany

SELFPORTRAIT In The Forest

Submitted by Fundacion Futuro

From: Mashpi, Ecuador

Grupo Futuro and all its companies are committed to calculating the emissions generated by their daily operations, managing reduction strategies and compensating […]

Submitted by Mikhail Kapychka

From: Mogilev, Belarus

Nature feels the care of every person, and needs it. Mogilev, Belarus

Submitted by itzz_maharashtra

From: Mumbai, India

Nature’s Beauty

Submitted by Xander Denys

From: Brussels, Belgium

Into the wild

Submitted by Paulina Adamus

From: Aveley, UK

Somewhere deep in the woods

Submitted by Natalie James

From: Tamarin, Mauritius

Oh I love a big old African tree.

Submitted by Rakesh Rongali

From: Gajapatinagaram, India

He who plants a tree plants HOPE.

Submitted by Andry Rasamuel

From: Antananarivo, Madagascar

The desire of these children to green the planet.

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