To celebrate Arbor Day, the Idaho Forest Products Commission sponsored a photo contest. The competition was open to all Idaho students in 5th – 12th grades. Students were asked to show us what they see when they Look To The Forest. In addition to the photo, students provided a statement sharing their vision of how their photo relates to the contest theme, Look to the Forest. These are the results for 2014!

Christine Lomeli

Christina Lomeli

GRAND PRIZE WINNER 

Caption: Pause and Refresh

Student: Isabelle DeVries

School: Lewiston High School

Teacher: Deanna Kinziger

Statement:

I took this picture because this bird perched right in front of me! It seemed liked it needed a rest from hopping around looking for worms and it could rest safely on this tree limb. Trees and forests are important for sheltering birds and all kinds of wildlife that are important to our ecosystems.

Amanda Nelson

Amanda Nelson

WINNER GRADES 5-6 

Caption: Man and His Dog

Student: Amanda Nelson

School: Kamiah Middle School

Teacher: Joe Sams

Statement:

I think my photo connects to the theme Look to the Forest by showing scenery. While skiing, we came upon nature’s creativity: this man and his dog out enjoying the winter wonderland with us.

Maranda Paz

Maranda Paz

WINNER GRADES 7-8 

Caption: Winter Pine

Student: Maranda Paz

School: East Junior High School, Boise

Teacher: Jeannine Hall

Statement:

This photo is showing the beauty the winter has on trees making them beautiful in every way. This tree isn’t letting a little frost get in its way of being great.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 5-6

Laney Jensen

Laney Jensen

Caption: Magical Misty Forest

Student: Laney Jensen

Grade: 5

School: Raft River Elementary

Teacher: Jenny Holt

Statement:

I think my picture is great for the theme (look to the forest ) because it shows a beautiful forest scene. While taking this picture I was actually standing next to the freeway. The thing is, you can always find beauty in the forest no matter if you are on the very edge, deep inside or even far away.

Laney Jensen

Laney Jensen

Caption: The Crazy Caterpillar Tree

Student: Laney Jensen

Grade: 5

School: Raft River Elementary

Teacher: Jenny Holt

Statement:

Look to the forest I really must say There’s cool things to see every day Looking close up or far Even from inside a car You’ll see the forest and the beauty it hides Admire a tree from all of its sides Look to the forest I really must say There’s creativity in every way

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 7-8

Anna Gable

Anna Gable

Caption: Cut-Off

Student: Anna Gable

Grade: 8

School: East Junior High School

Teacher: Jeannine Hall

Statement:

This photo represents a tree growing through pain. It has a branch cut off and it still grew taller.

Mira Torf

Mira Torf

Caption: Look to the Trees

Student: Mira Torf

Grade: 7

School: Anser Charter School

Teacher: Allyson Maynard

Statement:

When I look to the forest I see the massive, towering trees like the ones in this picture taken in Stanley Idaho. I feel inspired by all of them to reach as high as I can and remind me that everyone is different like each tree.

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Micaela Hurtuk

Caption: Spring Run Off

Student: Micaela Hurtuk

Grade: 8

School: Sage International School

Teacher: Melissa Hegg

Statement:

As I look to the forest, I see spring runoff that now looks dark and dreary and soon will be green and alive.

Naomi Priddy

Naomi Priddy

Caption: Trees can show love too

Student: Naomi Priddy

Grade: 7

School: Anser Charter School

Teacher: Diane Williams

Statement:

I searched a long time to find an idea, until I saw the “paper” birch, and soon realized that trees give a Plethora of love. They make the air we breathe. They are a friend to the friendless. They will never move, only listen, and people need that sometimes.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 9-12

Cody Allred

Cody Allred

Caption: A walk through the forest.

Student: Cody Allred

Grade: 9

School: Council High School

Teacher: Dawn Holmes

Statement:

I took this photo while walking through one of the beautiful forests in Idaho and could not help but see how beautiful this would look as a photograph.

Madelyn Stewart

Madelyn Stewart

Caption: Autumn Silhouette

Student: Madelyn Stewart

Grade: 11

School: Lake City High School

Teacher: Becky Anderson

Statement:

When I look to the forest, I am captivated by the presence of the tallest trees, as I am by high-reaching buildings in cities. These towering trees draw my attention to the sky, and every small section where sunlight breaks through the canopy.

Madelyn Stewart

Madelyn Stewart

Caption: Built-in Skylight

Student: Madelyn Stewart

Grade: 11

School: Lake City High School

Teacher: Becky Anderson

Statement:

When I look to the forest, I am captivated by the presence of the tallest trees, as I am by high-reaching buildings in cities. These towering trees draw my attention to the sky, and every small section where sunlight breaks through the canopy.

Kyle Stevens

Kyle Stevens

Caption: Forest Evening

Student: Kyle Stevens

Grade: 11

School: Sandpoint High School

Teacher: John Hastings

Statement:

This photo was taken in the panhandle of North Idaho. It is a beautiful sunset sky behind the trees, reflecting off the lake.

Alexander Baker

Alexander Baker

Caption: Caption

Student: Alexander Baker

Grade: 11

School: Sandpoint High School

Teacher: John Hastings

Statement:

In ecology class we had an infinite supply of microscopes. The pine needles looked so cool through my eyes and I thought to myself “could I capture this beauty?”

Olivia Quesnell

Olivia Quesnell

Caption: Rainy Day

Student: Olivia Quesnell

Grade: 9

School: East Junior High, Boise

Teacher: Jeannine Hall

Statement:

This photo represents all the changes trees go through and all the different colors and characteristics trees have.

Joel Smith

Joel Smith

Caption: Slivers of Light

Student: Joel Smith

Grade: 12

School: Old Hill Academy, Sagle

Teacher: Yulanda Smith

Statement:

In composing this shot, I saw the renew-ability of Idaho’s forests. Looking to the forest, I see the potential for renewed resources that even dead trees give. The light shining through the old tree trunk shows the hope that one tree’s death will allow another tree to replace it.

Gabe Taylor

Gabe Taylor

Caption: The Freeze

Student: Gabe Taylor

Grade: 11

School: Timberline High School

Teacher: Patricia Thorpe

Statement:

HDR technique creating incredible texture and frozen color.

Andrew Grissom

Andrew Grissom

Caption: To the Horizon and Beyond

Student: Andrew Grissom

Grade: 11

School: Timberline High School

Teacher: Patricia Thorpe

Statement:

Look beyond the trees in our yards to the great forests that lie around us.