Each year, an area of forest three times the size of Wales disappears.

Deforestation occurs for a number of reasons, including agricultural development, cattle-grazing, and urban expansion, but the forest’s complex ecosystems are vital to the carbon and water cycles that sustain life on earth. Forests cover 30% of our landmass and play a critical role in mitigating climate change due to their absorption of carbon dioxide. In comparison, it is estimated that 12-17% of greenhouse gas emissions result from deforestation.

In order to continue providing habitat for many of the world’s most endangered animals and the 1.6 billion people who live in or depend upon them for their livelihood, forests must be maintained and nurtured. A symbiotic relationship in which people can work in harmony with the forest and its products would ensure forested areas remain intact and sustainable.

"Forests must be sustained and nurtured to promote biodiversity and the economic well-being and security of human communities."
Jan Brykczyński

Jan Brykczyński

Polish

Professional Commission First Prize Winner for his series “Árnes”.

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Mimi Mollica

Mimi Mollica

Italian

Professional Commission Second Prize Winner for his series of images from Dakar, Senegal.

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Pablo Lopez Luz

Pablo Lopez Luz

Mexican

Professional Commission Third Prize Winner for his artistic approach to the concept of “landscape”.

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Holly Lynton

Holly Lynton

American

Open Competition First Prize Winner for “Turkey Madonna”.

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Vitaliy Popkov

Vitaliy Popkov

Ukrainian

Open Competition Second Prize Winner for “Energy Carriers”.

André François

André François

Brazilian

Open Competition Third Prize Winner for his images from the Mukuru slum in Kenya.