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Student Photo Contest

Grades: 11-12

Adiah Jackson – Grade: 11

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Soft Trees

Across Idaho we have a plethora of forests, but in my eyes none compare to the ones atop snowy mountains. Snowboarding has long been a passion of mine. This photo was taken at Bogus Basin, where I have spent many weekends.

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Look Up

All around us we have trees, forests, and woodlands. But too often are they taken for granted. Many never see the beauty of these wonderful places. This owl was very well camouflaged, but it's the hard things to find that are worth looking for.

Amanda Rudfelt – Grade: 11

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July 18th, 2010

That my family and I will never forget, my aunt got stuck because she doesn’t know how to drive. I think this represents the theme this year because, my family and I decided to go for a ride and we ended up getting stuck, we had great laughs that day

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May 7, 2019 CDA Idaho

This is wonderful of a beautiful stormy day, it reminds me of shadows. When I’m looking into this picture it makes me feel free and happy, like I can go anywhere in the world.

Andre Eberhardt – Grade: 11

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Waha, ID

This picture means a lot to me because it was taken while my best friend and I were on a trip to Waha for his birthday! It is one of the best pictures I think I’ve ever taken, and I am very proud of myself for it.

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Waha, ID; Overlooking Lewiston, ID

This picture represent freedom, the will to have fun, and most of all adventure. I took the picture on my way back to Lewiston, Idaho with one of my closest friends, because it was his birthday. That day and trip will be a memory I will remember fore

Austin Stephens – Grade: 11

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Trees with sunset

Trees with sunset.

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Braden Saylors – Grade: 11

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BLANKET OF LIFE

The mists of time blanket the forests that sit curled like massive prehistoric creatures in the darkened gloom, glowering and restless, a beating heart rhythmically pulsing underfoot as time creeps along. Thank You @enchanted_rose_florist ♡

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NATURES PASTELS OF LOVE

Snow dusted trees seeking the dawn, upward thrusting heavenward reaching as pastel shades paint the sky and new day dawning unleashes its birdsong calling. Thank You @enchanted_rose_florist ♡

Caitlyn Smith – Grade: 11

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A friendly forest

This photo was taken on a mountain looking at lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint Idaho. This forest captures the beauty of the variety of forest trees overlooking lake Pend Oreille.

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Camille Smith – Grade: 11

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Upwards and Onwards

To “Look into the Forest” requires for one to look in more than one direction. Looking up is my favorite way to observe the beauty of the a tree that has weathered storms and continued to grow.

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Beautifully green

“Looking into the Forest” means seeing a great deal of color. There may be lots of green but there are hundreds of shades of it between each tree. But it’s hard to not love the color when it represents life and vitality.

Carter Johnson – Grade: 11

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Snowy Sunset

This photo relates to the contests theme because of the sunsets glare that shines through the trees and creates a silhouette of the mountains rivers crater, the Idaho trees and sunset slowly dropping over the mountain.

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River Rapids

This photo relates to the contests theme because come spring when all of the snow melts off of the mountains, it creates high current of the river and with the trees and nature in background it makes for a nice photo.

Chase Thoma – Grade: 11

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Beautiful sunsets in the mountains.

This relates to the theme because I took this picture from a forest in the mountains.

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Bear grazing peacefully.

This relates to the theme because I took this picture from my tree stand while I was hunting in the forest.

Christopher Turrittin – Grade: 11

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Frosty Photo taken in Idaho city

This is a great photo for this theme because it is a great photo of the forest in Idaho city.

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Colt Christie – Grade: 11

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A Lifetime of Stories to Tell

There will always be those trees in the forest that have succumbed to the elements, but the years of contact with wildlife, humans and Mother Nature; this one, once magnificent tree, holds a lifetime of its own stories to tell.

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Underneath the Blue Sky

Underneath the blue sky’s of Elk City Idaho, there are such a vast variety of trees in this forest that is widely spread out over this beautiful winter landscape of rolling hills and mountains.

Daniel Brereton – Grade: 11

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Waha Lake; April 23rd 2020

It’s too easy to think of the forest as an ecological behemoth, but it’s important to remember to look at the little things.

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Waha Lake; April 23rd, 2020

I took this picture just 10 feet from the roadway. Eyes on the road? Nope. Stopping to smell the roses? Sort of. Looking to the forest? Always.

Emma Hill – Grade: 11

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Urban Forest Through Fields of Green

The sun is shining with the trees in the background, it was a beautiful day after soccer and I took this picture and it left me speechless. I like how the trees fade in the background.

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Erik Fien – Grade: 11

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Up the Slope

After a couple hours of skiing, taking a break and looking to the beauty in the forest can be relaxing and reinvigorating and prepare me to spend more time in nature

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Jack Wiesenahahn – Grade: 11

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Waterfall

This photo was taken in the deep forests of Idaho.

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Jacob Bull – Grade: 11

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Forest's Edge

As I sit on a park bench at the forest’s edge of McCall’s Ponderosa State Park, I look not to, but from the forest as true beauty reveals itself to me.

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Heavenly Glow

Coming back from an afternoon walk with my father, I look to the forest to see a Heavenly glow calling to me and drawing me in.

Jeremy Case – Grade: 11

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Mother Bear Nursing Youth, Yellowstone National Park

Often we find ourselves too caught up and stressed of the material world; I know I do. But when we "look to the forest," we find serendipity within nature. The forest allows us to find moments like this that remind us what truly matters: family.

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My grandfather plays with his dog, Skippy, by the riverbank while taking a scenic break from a hike.

My family has always taught me to be considerate and happy within the outdoors. Whenever we go on hikes, even if it's the same forest, I still find something new to experience, like this, and always will treasure the times I share with my family.

Jessica Law – Grade: 11

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Roots

As I look to the forest the strength of the trees is the first among the many beauties that stand out to me. The sturdy bodies of these giants are founded upon the roots. Just as with people our roots are what keep us standing through the tormenting.

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Canopy

As I look to the forest the covering of the trees become a blanket of comfort from the noise and distractions of the world. the mother like trees allow for deeper thoughts and questioning helping me find myself.

Jessica Nicole Richards – Grade: 11

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Secrets melted away as winter comes to an end

When winter is coming to an end, and the snow is starting to melt revealing the secrets that winter hides. The details of the pine needles and thier bright green color that we enjoy to see come alive again.

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julian kral – Grade: 11

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cascade

this is showing ids beautiful forest and lakes.

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Kailey Carpenter – Grade: 11

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"The Grand Fir tree"

"The Grand Fir tree relates to the theme the look to the forest because, just like any real tree they all originate in the forest. The grand fir is 300 ft tall. You cand identify a grand fir by just looking at its needles and how it's flattened too.

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"The Douglas Fir tree"

The Douglas fir tree reaches a height of about 100 to 120 ft. The douglas fir tree has long flat needles. The tree has a thin connection between the needle and the branch. Most douglas firs are found in Lewiston, in Waha as well.

Kiana Scott – Grade: 11

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Purple Forest Majesty

When seen from many different angles, the forest can create a magical image. When seen at sunset the colors may surprise you. When given some attention, our forest provides us with many opportunities that makes us realize what majesty lies before us.

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Kierra Forell – Grade: 11

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Waterfall Magic

Whenever I am lost in thought or need inspiration, I look to my families waterfall.

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Lilli Jones – Grade: 11

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Road to Nowhere

There is something about traveling down a snow covered road that winds through the forest. Wondering what's around the next bend or where the road ends. With each bend in the road comes another surprise. This is how I like to “Look to the Forest".

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Madison Hodnett – Grade: 11

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Across the Horizon

The race between tree-covered hills and the baby-blue sky goes on an endless journey through this Idaho mountain range. When I look to the forest, I am taken away by the scent of the strong pines, the cool breeze that fights through the branches, and

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Marley Walters – Grade: 11

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Shining Beauty

When I think of the forest, I think of enveloping myself in it’s beauty. Feeling the warm rays of sun beating down on me as I watch the vibrant evergreens sway in the breeze. Knowing that its beauty could never fade or be diminished.

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Nature’s playground

Go outside. Be in nature. Climb the towering trees, explore nature’s playground. Don’t tear it down and destroy it, build it up so the future generations can experience the same beauty.

mccabe huckabee – Grade: 11

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idk

this is a pic of my yard

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Reese Knowles – Grade: 11

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Never doubt in the dark, what has been shown to you in the light.

I love the way the sunlight shines through the trees, as if the forest brings new horizons. “Looking towards the sun” is something we strive to do, and by looking towards the sun, we are shown the forest.

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“The world is not in your books and maps. It is out there.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

This photo reminds me of The Hobbit when Bilbo Baggins first decides he will go on the adventure with the dwarves. The trail pictured I feel symbolizes the path of adventures and new, lifelong experiences that spending time in our forests can offer.

Riley O Cessna – Grade: 11

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Spring Runoff

There is a spring runoff and it's going down the mountain through the forest.

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samuel becker – Grade: 11

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A step back from life.

When living your day to day life it is easy to only focus and see what is right in front of our faces. I believe my photo of Sandpoint's abundant forests shows that a little step back from life can really show the beauty and importance of trees.

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Trees are also our loved ones.

Often all you must do is simply take a step outside and consciously think of what your hometown would be like without its trees. Sometimes we take them for granted as we do with those we love. Just like our loved ones, we must appreciate them fully.

scout hines – Grade: 11

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look in the forest Forrest in Idaho city

A look into the forest right here locally in Idaho City, Idaho. This picture is a little taste of the beauty in Idaho.

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Tanner dickson – Grade: 11

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Huckleberry moutain

A picture of me and my dog huckleberry at a watch tower in the woods.

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Rippin em

The sunset on clark fork river while pike fishing from the bank.

Tyler Jordan – Grade: 11

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Taken in Idaho of the Sawtooth National Forest

This photo does a great job showing the beauty of Idaho's forests. The snow allows the sunset to be reflected onto the trees and makes them really pop out.

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Sawtooth National Forest, Stanley, ID, 2020

This photo creates a feeling that allows the viewer to seem like they are surrounded by trees and almost feel like the trees are the guardians of nature.

Caleb Starner – Grade: 12

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Relaxing in God's Garden

Whenever I’m outdoors I “Look to the Forest” in awe of its beauty. From the tall trees and harsh mountains, to bristling brooks and tiny insects. One of our families favorite things is to set up our hammocks and take in the beauty of God’s garden.

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The Light That Burns Bright

My Grandfather “Looks to the Forest” as an escape from the chaos of life. For him his escape is to work with his lanterns, to fix what is broken, light what is dark, and to be the flame that burns bright in our camp.

Cole Johnson – Grade: 12

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Yellowstone

The point of view in this photo shows how beautiful Idaho forests can be. it shows that trees can burn down, and they can grow back, showing that anything can heal.

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Snowy trees

The fact that the camera was looking up at the trees shows how powerful, dominant, and majestic the forest can be in the winter.

Kaeshav Danesh – Grade: 12

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Morning After the Storm

It feels ominous to look at the aftermath of a storm. The trees have crooked and fallen and the river floods with water. We should look into the forest to admire the moments of tranquil beauty that proceed the difficult hardships.

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Keelie Mills – Grade: 12

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Snowy Bliss

This photo was taken along Highway-55 on my way back down from Cascade, ID. If you look close enough you will see snowflakes falling in a snowy bliss. This photo applies to "Look to the Forest" because it's a picture of our own Idaho Forest.

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Let a Little Light In

This photo was taken at the great Ann Morrison Park on a cold fall morning. Although the tree is providing shade it is still letting a little light in. This photo applies to "Look to the Forest" because it's one of many beautiful Idaho trees.

Matthew Foley – Grade: 12

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Three Bay Overlook

The Coeur d'Alene Lake carves through the breath-taking woodland. The summit of the ridge quickly relieves all worries in life as it overlooks Beauty Bay, Wolf Lodge Bay, Blue Creek Bay, and the fortunate home to many hiking trails.

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Evening Descent

The scenic north Idaho sunsets provide beauty unbeknownst to most. The breathtaking landscape from atop the peak is humbling and provides a humbling sense of graciousness. I see wondrous works as the fog settles upon the forested scenery.

Nickole Major – Grade: 12

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Branching Out

'Branching Out' relates to the theme because one tree holds as much mystery and adventure as one tree in a forest. I have lived in this house for many years and I never noticed how beautiful a tree could really be.

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Rylan Pirlot – Grade: 12

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Looking into the forest from Schweitzer

A view from Schweitzer

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Skiing into the forest

A day of skiing on Schweitzer

Sage Saccomanno – Grade: 12

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February 2020 - Grooming up Trestle Creek with my dad.

This photo relates to the theme because it connects with many Idahoans on a personal level. These forests where I and many others have grown up snowmobiling, skiing, hiking and much more are home to us, and this picture shows a backside of that home.

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February snowfall on Schweitzer Mountain.

In this photo, we look to the forest through a different perspective than normal. This photo shows the differences in perspectives we can gain from just one simple place by just adjusting the way we look into the forest.

Sierra Navarro – Grade: 12

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The Lone Tree

In this image, The Lone Tree is an old and weathered tree that looks upon the young and thriving forest below him. Therefore, not only is the viewer looking to the forest, they are looking upon generations of forests; a literal family tree.

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Melting Trees

There are many different ways one can look to the forest. A person can look to the forest and nature for answers, for relief and a break from their lives, or for inspiration. This image portrays a very unique way too look at the forest.