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 2018!

Dreaming of Dancing Leaves

Miranda Fry

GRAND PRIZE WINNER & WINNER GRADES 11-12 

Caption: Dreaming of Dancing Leaves

Student: Miranda Fry

Grade: 12

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

When I spend time outdoors to get inspiration for my pictures, I frequently find myself seeking trees and their surrounding environments. On assignment for a school photography project, I noticed a little tree in the chilly fall morning light at Mountain View High. I stopped to observe the frosty glittering light as the sun rose glowing behind the last little leaves hanging on to the changing season. I realized that it could make an interesting picture, and quickly took a few shots using my zoom lens and a wide aperture to create the out of focus bokeh effect. Even though I was just on our school campus, this picture reminds me of the mystery and magic happening in the woods every day, and quite possibly with sugarplum fairies dancing to the dazzling forest light.

Beauty of Pilots Peak

Kaden Grow

WINNER GRADES 9-10 

Caption: Beauty of Pilots Peak

Student: Kaden Grow

Grade: 10

School: Borah High School, Boise

Teacher: Debbie Chojnacky

Statement:

I was amazed by the beauty of looking out at the rolling mountains and forests of Idaho from one of the tallest peak near Idaho City and Boise, Pilots Peak. One morning setting up camp we looked out from our tents and saw this amazing scene.

Fire and Ice

Tegan Garrison

WINNER GRADES 7-8 

Caption: Fire and Ice

Student: Tegan Garrison

Grade: 8

School: Hillside Junior High, Boise

Teacher: Sarah Sessions

Statement:

This image of the sunset at Bogus Basin, shows the last few moments before night fall. The sun’s rays grasping out at the snow covered trees, creating a fiery red orange color across the cloudy sky and icy snow, is just one of the reasons that I believe that this photograph connects to the theme “Look to the Forest”.

Beauty in the Trees

Elise Pearse

WINNER GRADES 5-6 

Caption: Beauty in the Trees

Student: Elise Pearse

Grade: 5

School: Homeschool, Post Falls

Teacher: Heidi Pearse

Statement:

When I go hiking, I look up at the trees and think about how beautiful they are. I love the fresh scent of the forest, and how big each of the trees are. It feels as if I’m staring up at skyscrapers.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 11-12

A Bird's Song

Maira Jenks

Caption: A Bird’s Song

Student: Maira Jenks

Grade: 12

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

Whenever I think about the forest, I imagine myself camping and waking up to the sound of a bird’s song. Birds and other wildlife are characteristic of the forest. In this photograph is a small moment a bird takes to perch beside a peaceful pond and chirp their own song.

An Evening at Idlers

Noah Miller

Caption: An evening near Idlers.

Student: Noah Miller

Grade: 11

School: Moscow Senior High School, Moscow

Teacher: Mark Shipley

Statement:

One of my favorite parts about living in Idaho, and in the Moscow area specifically; is all the hidden beautiful places that are far closer to home than one may expect. This pond, and the gorgeous reflection it gives off almost every evening is a fantastic example of those places.

Chlorphyll

Bailey Hoff

Caption: Chlorophyll

Student: Bailey Hoff

Grade: 12

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

While taking photos of flowers, I suddenly looked up, and realized how beautiful the trees were. They may be far more beautiful than a flower even. The leaves, the sun, the bokeh, it was breathtaking. We all should find time to look to natures beauty even in our chaotic lives.

Eyes on Nature

Arnold Bailey

Caption: Eyes On Nature

Student: Arnold Bailey

Grade: 11

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

While taking a drive up to Bogus Basin to get away from all the buildings that was suffocating downtown, I was excited to see the snow falling to the trees purifying their green colors to white, We pass the Boise National Forest sign. A few miles past was a line of beautiful trees layered with snow, I couldn’t help but stop and capture the moment.

Go Outside. Breathe Fresh Air.

Madison McKinney

Caption: Go outside. Breathe fresh air.

Student: Madison McKinney

Grade: 12

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

Going outside and in the fresh air and getting involved in outdoor activities is something that love doing. I believe that everyone should live in harmony with nature. Getting outside and being active no matter what the weather, is something that I truly enjoy doing. Normally I enjoy doing portrait photography, but when I was up hiking over the summer, while gasping for breath I just looked over and realized how beautiful the view was and I just had to take a picture.

Looking to the Sky

Emily Coltrin

Caption: Looking to the Sky

Student: Emily Coltrin

Grade: 12

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Shelia Boester

Statement:

I took this photo at McCall, Idaho. I have always liked capturing the beauty of the outdoors. I have been taking pictures since i was a sophomore in high school and have loved it ever since. Idaho is a beautiful place that can not all be captured by one picture.

Resting on a Bed of Needles

Chase Oneida

Caption: Resting on a Bed of Needles

Student: Chase Oneida

Grade: 12

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

Pine cones represent the beginning of new life for a pine tree, a new chance to prosper and grow even stronger. And the pines represent the mother tree holding on to her child and nurturing it in hopes that one day it will be able thrive and do the same.

Summer in the Sawtooths

Katie Bush

Caption: Summer in the Sawtooths

Student: Katie Bush

Grade: 12

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

While hiking around and enjoying the view of the rugged Sawtooths in Grand Jean, Idaho, I decided to capture the beauty of this state. I was fortunate enough to work up in a lodge one summer where I got to live in a tent and truly appreciate simple living.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 9-10

A Rainy Day

Ashley Zahurak

Caption: A Rainy Day

Student: Ashley Zahurak

Grade: 9

School: Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian

Teacher: Tuinstra

Statement:

This tree beautifully framed by the glassy drops was the result of a thundery hail storm!

Light Between the Cracks

Jacee Allred

Caption: Light Between the Cracks

Student: Jacee Allred

Grade: 10

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

I took this picture from my suburban backyard. This reminds me that the magnificence of nature doesn’t have to be far, merely a few steps away. The trees? influence is everywhere, and can be discovered if we just open our eyes to the splendor that surround us.

Nature's Architect

McKinley Spaulding

Caption: Nature’s Architect

Student: McKinley Spaulding

Grade: 9

School: Victory Charter School, Nampa

Teacher: Mrs. Jackie Nelson

Statement:

Along with other animals, beavers depend on trees for their homes and protection; they have become nature’s architects.

Over the River and Through the Woods

Camilla Stuck

Caption: Over the River and Through the Woods

Student: Camilla Stuck

Grade: 10

School: Mountain View High School, Meridian

Teacher: Sheila Boester

Statement:

This picture was taken just a few feet away from Highway 21 on a road called Grimes Creek. I spent most of my time as a kid in this area, where I like to sit on rocks and listen to the gurgling of the water. This picture shows how detailed the water looks and how the water leads the eye into the forest and beyond.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 7-8

Love Bug

Kirsten Mullins

Caption: Love Bug

Student: Kirsten Mullins

Grade: 7

School: Middleton Middle School, Middleton

Teacher: Janine Remington

Statement:

With this photograph I wanted to showcase not only the detail on the bug, but also the beauty of the Sagebrush. People sometimes overlook Sagebrush because it lacks the intimidation of a majestic Oak. If you look at everything with a creative mindset you can find the most beautiful things.

Spring Blossoms

Kirsten Mullins

Caption: Spring Blossoms

Student: Kirsten Mullins

Grade: 7

School: Middleton High School, Middleton

Teacher: Janine Remington

Statement:

I took this photo because it shows the blossoming of newly born life. Spring is a time where everything that has been dormant because of the winter, blossoms and begins another year of beauty and loveliness. This photograph represents how spring brings new times and freshness in everything.

Follow Your Path

Penny-Lew Barnett

Caption: Follow Your Path

Student: Penny-Lew Barnett

Grade: 7

School: Anser Public Charter School, Garden City

Teacher: Dolly Higgens

Statement:

When your in the forest, you have to decide. Left or right, up and down. The path you choose will indicate your destination. The path you follow won’t always be easy. Twists and turns, rocks left and right, steep slopes to test your stamina. Some are up for the challenge, others aren’t. You have to find your own path. Don’t be afraid, and make it to the top.

The Mountains are Calling, and I must go

Benjamin Willerup

Caption: The Mountains are calling, and I must go.

Student: Benjamin Willerup

Grade: 7

School: Anser Charter School, Boise

Teacher: Kelly McLeoud

Statement:

The mountains and forest seem at the top of the frame in this shot, as if you are to look up in life, you look to the forest and outdoors.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 5-6

Backpacking in Hells Canyon with my Family

Ruby Miller

Caption: Backpacking in Hells Canyon with my Family

Student: Ruby Miller

Grade: 5

School: Palouse Prairie Charter School, Moscow

Teacher: Bridget Berg

Statement:

Over spring break, my family and I went on a backpacking trip. Recently my dad gave me my first camera. I brought it on this trip. For me, this photo represents being out in nature with my family and appreciating all the good times you can have in the wild.

Look to the forests for wildlife that are hidden and in plain view

Rocky Hatridge

Caption: Look to the forests for wildlife that are hidden and in plain view.

Student: Rocky Hatridge

Grade: 6

School: Home School, Saint Anthony

Teacher: Amanda Stoebner

Statement:

The Warm River, flowing from the Targhee Caribou National Forest, can hold many surprises. Look to the last bend of the river to see one of the forests larger residents.

Looking from Below

Benjamin Hawley

Caption: Looking from below.

Student: Benjamin Hawley

Grade: 5

School: Lena Whitmore Elementary, Moscow

Teacher: Molly Pannkuk

Statement:

It’s fun to look at the trees from a different view, it made us dizzy to watch them sway in the wind!

The Robinson Park Rocks

Benjamin Hawley

Caption: The Robinson Park Rocks

Student: Benjamin Hawley

Grade: 5

School: Lena Whitmore Elementary, Moscow

Teacher: Molly Pannkuk

Statement:

A view looking towards to tree tops of the forest in Robinson Park.