Personal stories reveal forest connection

A story of nostalgia and a story of hope have accompanied winning photos in OneFortyOne’s Forest Photo Competition. More than 150 photos were received from students across the Limestone Coast region, making it a tough task for the panel of judges to decide on just two winners.

Ultimately the panel, including a team from OneFortyOne – Andrew Burston, John Cannon, Melissa Smith, Bella Walker, Mae Steele, together with local photographer Tim Rosenthal, and Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs, awarded top honours to Year 2 student Cohen Minter and Year 9 student Lucy Collins.

OneFortyOne External Affairs Manager Charlene Riley said the competition was launched to celebrate International Day of Forests in March, and asked students to send in their photos, along with an explanation of what the forest means to them. “The photos we received were awesome, and even better were the stories students sent in to share their connection with the forest,” Ms Riley said.

“We received such a range of stories – from a Year 6 sharing their passion for a career in forestry and seeing the forest as their future, to a story from our primary school category winner Year 2 student Cohen Minter, who just loves to explore and hopes to one day see a monkey amongst the pines.”

Secondary school category winner Lucy Collins said the images she entered showed new growth and youth. “I have always enjoyed the pine forest, exploring with my brothers,” Lucy said. “The forest reminds me of when I was little and we used to try to get lost around the tall trees.”

Ms Riley said the competition highlighted the different relationships young people in our community have with local forests and the forestry industry. “Thank you to everyone who shared their stories and photos with us,” she said. “They’re too good to keep to ourselves, so we’ll be sharing a selection on our OneFortyOne socials over the coming months.”

International Day of Forests is observed in March each year, to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Winning photos and stories: “The images I have taken shows new growth and youth. I have always enjoyed the pine forest, exploring with my brothers. The beautiful fresh air, all the different pine trees, no two the same.

The forest reminds me of when I was little and we used to try to get lost on and around the tall trees,” Lucy Collins.

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