Enter the COFO23 #ChampionTrees Photo Contest (Win a Trip to Rome)

Enter the COFO23 #ChampionTrees Photo Contest (Win a Trip to Rome)

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Send a photo of an extraordinary tree and you could win a trip to celebrate the International Day of Forests in Rome! These trees might be found in the middle of a desert, hanging from a cliff face, or in a busy city centre. Or they might be a whole forest growing on land that was once degraded, or in an area that was once under threat but is now protected.

At the same time, many trees are under pressure from changes in the uses of land, or from the effects of climate change such as increased weather events, forest fires and pests. Some of these extraordinary trees may not be around for future generations, so let’s capture them now! The organizers would like you to send photos of an amazing tree you know.


  • Contest winner will get a trip to the FAO Headquarters in Rome to talk about their photo at the celebrations for the International Day of Forests 2017.


  • Entrants must be aged 18 or above and must have taken the photograph themselves;
  • The photographs should not have been taken before January 1, 2012;
  • Photographs should not have dates or text on top of the image;
  • Each participant can send up to three photographs;
  • All photographs should be in jpeg format;
  • Participants must fill out an online form indicating: Name, surname, date of birth, email, title and description of photograph, location and date when photo was taken;
  • Participants must also accept the legal conditions described in the terms and conditions.

Selection Process

A jury will choose the six best photos at the Committee on Forestry (18-25 July), and the six finalists will be posted on FAO’s Facebook page for the public to decide the winner.

Application Process

To enter the contest, just follow these three steps:

  • Take a photo of an amazing tree or group of trees. This could be:
    • An extraordinary tree growing on its own in an unusual place;
    • Trees that have been helped by humans to grow in a difficult situation;
    • Large old trees that are struggling to survive deforestation and the effects of climate change – these are the forest giants such as sequoia, baobab, Douglas fir and mountain ash;
    • A tree that you consider a champion for other reasons.
  • Tell why the tree or group of trees is so extraordinary when you fill in the online entry form, and attach the photo (minimum width 1754 pixels at 150 ppi, maximum file size 5 MB);
  • Finally, don’t forget to post your photo if you have a Twitter, Flickr or Instagram account, using the competition hashtags: #ChampionTrees #COFO23. Some of your photos will be retweeted on @FAOForestry Twitter.

For more information, visit COFO23 #ChampionTrees Photo Contest.