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 2017!

Grand Prize Beauty Above The City Saige Murphy

Saige Murphy

GRAND PRIZE WINNER & WINNER GRADES 9-12

Caption: Beauty Above the City

Student: Saige Murphy

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

 It has always amazed me how accessible forests and nature are in Idaho. Just 30 minutes from Boise, Bogus Basin is a beautiful escape from the city. I was able to capture this beautiful moment while the sun started to set and while I was just above the fog over the city.

Eyes In A Tree Grayson Williams

Grayson Williams

WINNER GRADES 5-6  

Caption: Eyes in a Tree

Student: Grayson Williams

School: Arbon Valley Elementary School, Arbon Valley

Teacher: Debbie Curry

Statement:

 Owls are creatures that seem to see all the happening of a forest.

Range Beyond The Crooked Fence Clarity Moffet

Clarity Moffet

WINNER GRADES 9-12  

Caption: Range Beyond the Crooked Fence

Student: Clarity Moffet

School: Sage International School, Boise

Teacher: Mimi Newstadt

Statement:

Some people may be just sitting in their hammocks focusing on their phone, but if they choose to fall out they will see the beauty on the ground in the cells of the autumn leaves.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 5-6

Springs Promise Morgan Kearney

Morgan Kearney

Caption: Spring’s Promise

Student: Morgan Kearney

School: Sage International School, Boise

Teacher: Mimi Newstadt

Statement:

Every year, no matter how bad the winter has been, the flowers always bloom in the Spring. The lens has focused on the gnarled texture and cut branches of the tree, however the puffy clouds, blue sky, and blossoms promise that the best is yet to come.

Quackies Grayson Williams

Grayson Williams

Caption: Quakies

Student: Grayson Williams

School: Arbon Valley Elementary School, Arbon Valley

Teacher: Debbie Curry

Statement:

Quakies show the transition from summer into fall.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 7-8

Frosty Idaho Winter Avery Clot

Avery Clot

Caption: Lonely Log

Student: Avery Clot

School: Legacy Charter School, Nampa

Teacher: Angela Wachsmuth

Statement:

Through the cold winters, trees still survive through zero degree weather and can provide beautiful scenery.

A Detailed Flower Frances Dephillips

Frances DePhillips

Caption: A detailed flower

Student: Frances DePhillips

School: North Jr. High School, Boise

Teacher: Johanna DeJong

Statement:

Although the flower may not seem like it fits the theme “Look to the Forest”, when I think of the woods I also think of the species inhabiting it. What is a forest without the moss that creeps upon the rocks, or the chipmunk scurrying upon the pine needle floor? The tiny subtleties add so much to the atmosphere of the woods. Just like the details inside this flower, each part works together to create something intricate and beautiful. A flower is just one of the many pieces that fits together to create the forests we love.

The Viable Luminescence Charlotte Frye

Charlotte Frye

Caption: The Viable Luminescence

Student: Charlotte Frye

School: Sage International School, Boise

Teacher: Mimi Newstadt

Statement:

A tree is the captivating light of our existence. For in our darkest days the forest shines and distributes life among us despite how neglectful we may be towards it. This image captures the light and the branches that mimic the veins in our bodies.

Haunted Jadyn Jones

Jadyn Jones

Caption: Haunted

Student: Jadyn Jones

School: Sage International School, Boise

Teacher: Mimi Newstadt

Statement:

The bare trees of winter are some of the most interesting things to capture because you can represent them in many different ways. In this photo I wanted to represent the tree as a spooky thing. It reminded me the awesome things that nature can represent and create.

The Reflection Of Life Giulia Sarocchi

Giulia Sarocchi

Caption: The Reflection of Life

Student: Giulia Sarocchi

School: Sage International School, Boise

Teacher: Mimi Newstadt

Statement:

This picture was taken at Ann Morrison Park, a Saturday afternoon I saw this gorgeous tree that looked even more beautiful in the water. I felt happy looking at this reflected image. As you can tell this tree is not perfect, the trunk has weird shapes and the branches are twisted. We are not perfect, and neither is life. Like my grandfather said “sometimes we need to look at life in another perspective.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 9-12

Unexpected Life Cody Allred

Cody Allred

Caption: Unexpected Life

Student: Cody Allred

School: Council High School, Council

Teacher: Sharon Parker

Statement:

The forest is full of life. In the forest you may see deer, beautiful mountain streams, and a bounty of other sights. As this photo shows, you can also see the inspiring. This seedling was able to survive and become just one of the many beautiful sights you will see, because when you look to the forest you not only see all types of life, you also see the inspiring.

Morning Waters Bailey Arnold

Bailey Arnold

Caption: Morning Waters

Student: Bailey Arnold

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

One morning when I woke up in my tent while camping at Warm Lake, I had the sudden urge to go kayaking. It was the perfect timing to capture the clouds reflecting off the water and I wanted to share the moment with everyone! Although I don’t recommend bringing your camera close to water, the wilderness is a beautiful place to capture these perfect moments with the trees.

Pine Needles Sadie Bernard

Sadie Bernard

Caption: Pine Needles

Student: Sadie Bernard

School: Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian

Teacher: LaDonna Tuinstra

Statement:

This photo was taken at a tree farm not too far from my home. As my parents were consulting with the owners, I scattered off to receive some photos. Out of all the photos I took that night this was my favorite. I love the way the lighting allows us to see the texture of the needles. Also, I am intrigued by the contrast of the bright green and the brown of the budding pine cones.

View Of The North Fork Naomi Clayton

Naomi Clayton

Caption: View of the North Fork

Student: Naomi Clayton

School: Riverstone International School, Boise

Teacher: Jim Harper

Statement:

When I look to the forest, I see the value of trees in the world. By overlaying my photographs, I showed the importance of nature to my life and to humans’ in general. It is an absolute necessity for humans to recognize the significance of trees in our lives.

Logs In A Forest Hannah Davidson

Hannah Davidson

Caption: Logs in a Forest

Student: Hannah Davidson

School: Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint

Teacher: John Hastings

Statement:

When I look to the forest, I see trees that give life to the forest and provide us with energy.

Beautiful But Cold Emilie Dickerson

Emilie Dickerson

Caption: Beautiful but Cold

Student: Emilie Dickerson

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

I took this picture at Eagle Island State Park, in Eagle, Idaho. I love the way the trees make rhythm in the photo. The trees pop out at you and it makes you want to go to Eagle Island. The snow was really white and it was all smooth which made the picture look so much nicer.

Bud Of Life Maya Hansen

Maya Hansen

Caption: Bud of Life

Student: Maya Hansen

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

The beginning of new life in this photo expresses “Look to the Forest” perfectly. The budding of the pine cone adds a radial balance to the photo and contrasting colors draw your eye to the orange in the center. It shows even the simplest of things in nature can be beautiful; you just have to look and see.

Follow The Lines Hunter Hiatt

Hunter Hiatt

Caption: Follow the Lines

Student: Hunter Hiatt

School: Liberty Charter School, Nampa

Teacher: Heather Lauri

Statement:

I was walking through Idaho farm fields for miles, with storm clouds brewing. Light mist began to swirl around me, as the sun was dropping. It’s as if the green grassy lines were looking to the forest for cover.

Clouds In The Sky Chloe Holzer

Chloe Holzer

Caption: Clouds in the Sky

Student: Chloe Holzer

School: Mountain View High School , Boise

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

I love how the clouds and the pathway in McCall, Idaho lead your eye towards Payette National Forest. I have spent the majority of my childhood growing up in the great forest.

Serenity Tya Kruger

Tya Kruger

Caption: Serenity

Student: Tya Kruger

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

When I look into the forest, I see emptiness and peace. It seems so calm. It’s where I’d go to be alone. No one to distract me and I can enjoy the nature for all its worth. I saw this tree and it seemed as if I had no worries.

Shadow Leaf Jacob Lewis

Jacob Lewis

Caption: Shadow Leaf

Student: Jacob Lewis

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

The photograph “looks to the forest” because of the perspective of the leaves. In looking to the forest we get to see a view of forests we do not usually see. We can learn stories from the small details; we just have to find them.

The Dewdrops Of Summer Soncirey Mitchell

Soncirey Mitchell

Caption: The Dewdrops of Summer

Student: Soncirey Mitchell

School: Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint

Teacher: John Hastings

Statement:

In spring and summer the forest floor glistens with millions of tiny diamonds, as leaves grow heavy with dew from quiet nights. There are few things more beautiful than sunshine through such miniature pool’s a signal to all that warmer days are at hand.

Return To Earth Soncirey Mitchell

Soncirey Mitchell

Caption: Return to the Earth

Student: Soncirey Mitchell

School: Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint

Teacher: John Hastings

Statement:

Even the most minuscule mushroom plays an integral role in the play that is the life of the forest. As the mushroom breaks down the fallen leaves and other debris, it sends nutrients back into the soils, feeding other plants who will one day fall to the earth to meet the fungi, thus starting the cycle again anew.

Alone Leaf Jamie Rosenthal

Jamie Rosenthal

Caption: Alone Leaf

Student: Jamie Rosenthal

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

One day walking alone on the greenbelt, I went to the river to soak my feet. I saw a little leaf, stuck alone on a rock surrounded by other large rocks. The leaf felt surrounded and trapped, yet beautiful. It reminded me that even in the darkest and lonely times, beauty can still be found. Nature is so simple, yet so complex. It tells a story. People take nature’s beauty for granted. I think everyone should just stop for a minute and soak up the wonderful creation for what it really is, the source of our life.

Reflections Danika Van Den Akker

Danika van den Akker

Caption: Reflections

Student: Danika van den Akker

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

This reflection of a tree makes me reflect on the beauty of nature, and its ghostly appearance in the puddle reminds me that we cannot let natural beauty become a forgotten ghost, survived only by dead leaves. If we don’t protect forests, there won’t be any forests to look to.

The Forest Of Enchantment Chloe Yraguen

Chloe Yraguen

Caption: The Forest of Enchantment

Student: Chloe Yraguen

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

In society these days, nature and humanity have somehow become separate as the world continues to modernize. The introduction of technology has distracted the human race from the importance of nature, leading to the sudden catastrophe of deforestation. Through this photograph, I wanted to express the connection between the forest and people by creating an illusion of a young girl growing from the trees. The beauty of the girl symbolizes the equal beauty of the trees, creating an enchanting and magical mood. The art of nature is slowly being forgotten by society and I wanted to show the stunning beauty that I see when I look to the forest.