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CIFOR-ICRAF photo competition

Trees, Biodiversity, Life

Thank you for submitting your photos!

We received over thousands photos, submitted from all over the world, showing the role of forests and trees in ensuring a healthy environment.

You’ll find all of the shortlisted entries below. We need you to vote for your favourite photo. Then our panel of judges will select the first and second place winners.

You can vote daily for up to five photo entries from each social media account until 4 December. The submission with the most votes will receive the ‘People’s Choice Award’.

Cast your vote now! 

The winner will be announced on the CIFOR-ICRAF website and social media channels on 7 December.

If you have any questions, please get in touch at CIFOR-ICRAFPhotoCompetition@cgiar.org.

Jury

Axel Fassio

Axel Fassio is an award-winning Italian photographer who possesses an original vision and acute aesthetic sense; his photos narrate stories, illustrate concepts and revel in the sheer beauty of one moment. Working worldwide with corporate clients, scientific research institutes and international humanitarian organizations, his images have been the focus of several exhibitions in London, Paris, Rome, New York, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Nairobi, and feature on a wide range of medias, from Conde Nast to National Geographic, from The Guardian to The New York Times and on travel guides spanning from Lonely Planet to Wallpaper.

Aris Sanjaya

Aris is CIFOR-ICRAF’s photo and video leader who has genuine passion for photography and documentary filmmaking. He believes a good photograph is one that tells a story. Aris’ images are featured in several events for international organizations around the world.

Sheila Murithi

Sheila Murithi is a branding and communications professional with over 10 years’ experience in both the private and international NGO sectors. She has an avid interest in photography and has served in various capacities in her local photography community over the years. As a branding expert, she believes that the best brands are built by great stories which are best expressed visually.

Perdana Putra

Putra is a visual communicator with more than 8 years’ experience in the development sector, passionate about nature photography, aerial photography, and architecture. Based in Indonesia, he has curated photographs of great nature photographers from around the world. As Imogen Cunningham said, the formula for doing a good job in photography is to think like a poet.

Entries

Contest winners

1 place
Abel Feyisa
The central rift of valley of Ethiopia. The photo was taken from the Gurage highland where, the Enset based Agroforestry to the crop-tree integration down to the rift. Mount Zebider, Gurage Ethiopia
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2 place
Badri Narayan
Fruit tree and teak (covered in tree guards) planted in rows in the field and at the Dyke of Farm Pond . Location: Tara Village , Odisha Agroforestry project
1058
3 place
Elaine Anne Parlade
Forests as Sanctuaries - Forests serve as important natural sanctuaries for wildlife and for most indigenous groups in Southeast Asia. In Cambodia, various local organizations have introduced socioeconomic tourism initiatives to raise awareness and engage
167
Muhammad Amdad Hossain
Beauty Of Forest - A part of the forest of Mahamaya Lake in Bangladesh of strange shape. This forest is strangely beautiful from above - the photo was taken from the hill of Mirsrai Mahamaya Lake in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
18
Meri Hariantisasi
From a small bead to a forest-the people in Ketah village work together to plant mangroves as an effort to prevent abrasion and produce oxygen-Situbondo, East Java, Indonesia
39
Lameck Otieno Ododo
A rainbow forms above a tree after it drizzled in Oldonyiro, Isiolo County, one of the places hard hit with a prolonged drought in Kenya.
101
Mark Levitin
Walakiri sunset. Mangroves are among the most endangered forest types on Earth. In Walakiri, East Sumba, Indonesia, a joint initiative of the government and local volunteers has resulted in a large stretch of coastline being replanted with young mangroves
17
Dikye Ariani
Many animals that live in the forest around us. The King Fisher bird is also an animal that lives in the wild and looks for food in the river. King fisher usually prey on fish in the river. By protecting the forest ecosystem around us, we are helping to p
32
Yudinata Tjipto Santoso
Akses jalan yang membelah hutan pinus di Wonosobo-Jawa Tengah
7
Amitava Chandra
Shot in Dal lake in Kashmere in India which is also known as “Jewel in the crown” due to its beauty & the floating land-mass within it, is a place of great tourist attraction. The area of the lake measures around 20plus square km & nearly 50 hamlets provi
30
Avijit Ghosh
Raising the protector. Women are working in a mangrove nursery near the riverbanks of the Matla river in Sundarbans, India. Sundarbans the largest world mangrove delta and the only mangrove tiger habitat is battling the impacts of cl
4
Raffi Ryan Akbar
A young bornean orangutan hanging on a tree
7
Abenezer Israel
At first glance, I see beauty and harmony in the buildings and trees. On the other hand, I see a struggle between the trees and the structures—a struggle for survival and civilization.
39
Collins Kipchumba
Importance of Agro-forestry. The above image shows how trees and forest can be combined in agro-forestry farming. Location: Chemususu Dam, Kenya
11
R. Argi Putra
Buffalo breeders in ngawi, indonesia, bring their buffalo into the forest to get abundant food from the trees
39
Alfredo Mejía-Coroy
Unísono Infinito - The entrance of a nest of stingless bees of the species Scaptotrigona pectoralis is observed, the nest is located between the cracks of the trunk of a tree of the genus Cordia (Boraginaceae). These trees in the dry forest area are the o
29
Imran Ali Khan
Lush green Karakoram range valley surrounded by Apricot tree during Blossom season in Skardu Pakistan. The area is famous for different varieties of Apricots and scenic landscape specially during Blossom & Autumn
14
Freddy Iván Barragán García
"Ecosistema", Vista de la Neblina que divide los ecosistemas más ricos como el bosque y la montaña, a orillas del rio Beni, camino a San Miguel del Bala. Rurrenabaque-La Paz-Bolivia
11
Shuimo Trust Dohyee
Indigenous Bororos of Bangang village, Southwestern Cameroon, smiles with their trees ready to plant and restore the degraded Mount Bamboutos
26
Khairul Abdi
The Dayak Tribe uses natural and forest products in plants as traditional medicine for health treatment. This study aims to obtain information about the utilization of medicinal plants in the Dayak Tribe. A Dayak Paser woman from Rangan Village, Yurni Sad
37
Indresh
Elephants are known to destroy the trees the vast plains of the Masai Mara. This picture displayed the contrast of the giant displaying respect for the tree. The landscape depicts the vastness and highlights the two elements the tree and the elephant eleg
64
Hidayat Turrahman
A awake nature will be able to guarantee needs, but it will not be able to satisfy desires and greed. Sebangau river, Palangka Raya – Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
33
M. Yasir
Fisherman - A traditional fisherman is seen paddling a canoe looking for fish in a mangrove forest - in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, Indonesia
24
Andry Denisah
Planting mangroves in coastal areas that are useful for minimizing the possibility of abrasion from wave erosion
29
Hardiyanti
Sustainable Rattan_Dayak Iban Lady harvesting rattan at their customary forest for crafting need_Indonesia
15
Ziaul Huque
Ratargul Swamp Forest is a freshwater swamp forest located in Gowain River, Sylhet, Bangladesh. Ratargul was once thought to be the only swamp forest in Bangladesh and one of the few freshwater swamp forest
45
Yadi Setiadi
In the cifor research forest, sometimes we encounter a very beautiful bird, the kingfisher....this bird is a predator of fish and shrimp....they are very shy towards humans
51
Elaine Anne Parlade
Forests as Sanctuaries - Forests serve as important natural sanctuaries for wildlife and for most indigenous groups in Southeast Asia. In Cambodia, various local organizations have introduced socioeconomic tourism initiatives to raise awareness and engage
167
Kiran
Parambikulam .kerala.The Resilient Forest. Living mushrooms are emerging from the lifeless dead log. In Forest, even the death of one's life is the beginning of a new ones. Hence, the perfect example of Thriving Forest.
8
Rajesh
Poplar + wheat based AF
8
Badri Narayan
Fruit tree and teak (covered in tree guards) planted in rows in the field and at the Dyke of Farm Pond . Location: Tara Village , Odisha Agroforestry project
1058
Romy Chevallier
Green Lifeline: Mangrove forests near Pemba, northern Mozambique
16
Abel Feyisa
The central rift of valley of Ethiopia. The photo was taken from the Gurage highland where, the Enset based Agroforestry to the crop-tree integration down to the rift. Mount Zebider, Gurage Ethiopia
2782