Note: Photos are sorted by date received. Exceptions are winner & honorable mention.    
Leana DeMasters

Caption:from my point of veiw
Student:Leana DeMasters
Grade:11
School:Idaho City High School, Idaho City
Teacher:Natalie Mendenhall
Statement:this picture represents the wonderful landscape that surrounds me every day.
Leana DeMasters

Caption:direct veiw
Student:Leana DeMasters
Grade:11
School:Idaho City High School, Idaho City
Teacher:Natalie Mendenhall
Statement:i truly love my every day surroundings, this is the top of a hill adjacent to my house.
LaCheale Linscott

Caption:A Cabinet Mountain Sunset
Student:LaCheale Linscott
Grade:10
School:Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:This photo was taken at Trestle Creek while my family was taking a hike. With trees framing the sunset, you truly are looking to the forest.
Victoria Gregory

Caption:A Look Above
Student:Victoria Gregory
Grade:12
School:Timberline High School, Boise
Teacher:Patrica Thorpe
Statement:This is a single large tree taken from the ground looking up towards the skies. I used minimal editing techniques so the natural beauty of the tree is preserved.
Bryce Lambert 1

Caption:Nature Through the Forest's Eyes
Student:Bryce Lambert 1
Grade:11
School:Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:When I see this photo, I see how nature is constantly 'Looking to the Forest' and unerstand how nature sees itself. When I look to the forest, I don't just see trees. I see rocks and needles and broken branches, along with trees. Life is everywhere in the forest. That's what I believe this picture shows.
Bryce Lambert 2

Caption:Grace of Light, In Times of Dark
Student:Bryce Lambert 2
Grade:11
School:Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:Within this photo, the natural sunlight captures every aspect of the needles and bark. Enforcingthe theme of 'Look to the Forest' by showing how every part of nature is beautiful, even if what is going on in the world around it is not.
Jerico Wilson 1

Caption:Trees Forever
Student:Jerico Wilson
Grade:10
School:Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:Trees are not manmade
For man can make nothing near as majestic
Trees have been here for a hundred years before us
And will be for a hundred years after
Unless of coarse we destroy the forest
And forsake something that has always been
Jerico Wilson 2

Caption:Forever
Student:Jerico Wilson
Grade:10
School:Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:Up into the sky
The great tree rises
Tall it stands
all night and all day
Unwavering and strong
Forever shall it be
Shelby Duarte

Caption:Sand Creek
Student:Shelby Duarte
Grade:11
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:We are looking to the forest to filter the water around Sandpoint. Trees are the reason that our water is so clear. This is Sand Creek and without it, Sandpoint wouldn't be the "most beautiful town in America".
Leslie Kiebert 1

Caption:The 'Home Sweet Home' Feel
Student:Leslie Kiebert
Grade:9
School:Clark Fork Jr./Sr. High School
Teacher:Bobbi Zimmerman
Statement:The feeling of home burrowing into our spirits is so amazing. Being able to say, "Yes, I live here and yes, I am proud of it" can be such a powerful statement. All I can say is that we all need to be able to say this. It's not a homeless life for me, I'm just home less than I'd like to be.
Leslie Kiebert 2

Caption:The Shine of the Weapon
Student:Leslie Kiebert
Grade:9
School:Clark Fork Jr./Sr. High School
Teacher:Bobbi Zimmerman
Statement:Being with my father in the wilderness is what I like to call comfort. The sounds of the birds chirping, the smells of the freshly grown pine needles and the feel of the muddy earth beneath my feet is what I strive for. Comfort is key.
Aurora Brown

Caption:Late Summer March
Student:Aurora Brown
Grade:12
School:Clark Fork High School
Teacher:Bobbi Zimmerman
Statement:The late summer breeze catching oneís lungs by surprise as one treads up a driveway. The warmth and dryness of the wind adds the crunching underbrush below oneís feet. This is a "Look into the Forest" right before the forest goes through its metamorphism of color.
Leslie Kiebert 1

Caption:The Little World Below
Student:Aurora Brown
Grade:12
School:Clark Fork High School
Teacher:Bobbi Zimmerman
Statement:When I "Look into the Forest" I search for the unseen and the little facets of the world that surrounds us. There is a little world just beneath our feet that many do not even see. A single patch of moss is a gigantic forest to some.
Olivia Alexander

Caption:Ice Diamond
Student:Olivia Alexander
Grade:10
School:Moscow High School
Teacher:Mr. Huff
Statement:When most people "Look to the Forest" they see the big picture. If you look closely, you can see that the small details are beautiful, too.
Scout Seley

Caption:Painted Trail to the Trees
Student:Scout Seley
Grade:10
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:As the rainbow dives into the forest our eyes follow it and therefore are forced to examine and appreciate the full beauty of nature and trees around us. We are forced to look to the forest.
Scout Seley

Caption:Darkness of the Trees
Student:Scout Seley
Grade:10
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:Sometimes we must beleive what we cannot see. In order to look to the forest. We must believe in the forest.
Audrey Kujawa

Caption:New Soul
Student:Audrey Kujawa
Grade:11
School:Timberline High school
Teacher:Thorpe
Statement:look at the detail on the bark of the tree. so bold, strong, and thick reaching out to the sky growing taller and taller every day.
Audrey Kujawa

Caption:Sprinkling salt
Student:Audrey Kujawa
Grade:11
School:Timberline High school
Teacher:Thorpe
Statement:all the beautiful colors in the Idaho sky is captured with the silhouette of the gorgeous trees by the Idaho river.
Annica Woolley

Caption:Pearl Drop
Student:Annica Woolley
Grade:10
School:Moscow High School
Teacher:Jason Huff
Statement:In our lives there is so many precious moments that we fail to seize. This photo captures the fleeting moment of a drop lingering on the branch of an Evergreen tree.
Jamie Newsome

Caption:Fall Phoenix
Student:Jamie Newsome
Grade:10
School:Moscow High School
Teacher:Mrs. Eareckson
Statement:While walking home from school on a lovely fall day, I was awestruck by the beauty around me. There is a certain hope in seeing the leaves of this year fall, looking forward to the new, young life that will follow in the hardy maple saplings.
Olivia Alexander 2

Caption:Holding On
Student:Olivia Alexander 2
Grade:10
School:Moscow High School
Teacher:Jason Huff
Statement:While hiking in Northern Idaho, I came across a small branch with three tiny snow balls barely holding on. When you look closely, you can find small miracles in the forest.
Jordan Byers

Caption:sunset
Student:Jordan Byers
Grade:11
School:sandpoint high school
Teacher:john hastings
Statement:A beautiful sunset over Sandpoint City Beach.
Leanna Wilder

Caption:Height of the world
Student:Leanna Wilder
Grade:12
School:Clark Fork High School
Teacher:Ms. ZImmerman
Statement:The creation of a thousand forests is one acorn.
Justace Borders

Caption:Things are Definitly Looking Up
Student:Justace Borders
Grade:10
School:Meridian High School
Teacher:Pam Uriarte
Statement:The forest is a place to look to because it is relaxing and beautiful. This photo was taken in the sense of a hug from mother nature.
Justace Borders 2

Caption:When It's Bright Everything is Alright
Student:Justace Borders 2
Grade:10
School:Meridian High School
Teacher:Pam Uriarte
Statement:When the forest is a beautiful green color it make a person feel relaxed and at peace.
Michelle Cooper

Caption:Reflections
Student:Michelle Cooper
Grade:10
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:Mr Hastings
Statement:Sunny day in Sandpoint, Idaho. Reflections of the clouds on the lake, overlooking a petite dock and forestry.
Tori Skiles

Caption:Serenity
Student:Tori Skiles
Grade:9
School:Timberline, Weippe, Idaho
Teacher:Robyn Bonner
Statement:I took this picture while driving down a dirt road along the North Fork. I loved the way the water came down and everything else around it. I decided I would take a picture so I could look at whenever I want, and remember how beautiful the North Fork is.
Trevor Kauer

Caption:Early Morning Mist
Student:Trevor Kauer
Grade:12
School:Leadore High School
Teacher:Mary Cory
Statement:The row of trees are more than what they seem. I think that an initial reaction to the photo gives off a depressed feeling, but I see it more as a way to look into an enchanted forest or to look upon the possibilities that the forest could hold for you!
Rikki Spencer

Caption:Coeur d' Alene, ID
Student:Rikki Spencer
Grade:9
School:Timberline High School, Weippe, ID
Teacher:Robyn Bonner
Statement:This photo, taken in Coeur d' Alene, relates to the contest theme because it's what I see in the forest. It's very pretty and not everybody gets to see the forest like this. It's something that you may see every day, but it depends on who you are and what you like.This photo is a very beautiful scenery.
Tim Kalac

Caption:everlasting beauty in nature
Student:Tim Kalac
Grade:10
School:horseshoe bend high school
Teacher:McCale Ashenbrener
Statement:I took this photo in Cascade because it reprecents the effect of time and of nature that has been brought to our homes and forrests. I think that this photo says alot about Idaho. We are a lumber state and this shows that no matter what the live resoure will out last the dead one.
Jayne Nielsen

Caption:River of Life
Student:Jayne Nielsen
Grade:11
School:Borah Senior High School
Teacher:Michelle Harmon
Statement:This is the essence of the forest: blue skies, lush and rich trees with a creek perfectly placed, that gives life to trees, plants, and animals. Silver Creek is quintessentially picturesque. I was awed by the beauty of the forest. That is what it means to look to the forest.
Braden Evans

Caption:riding in the mt.
Student:Braden Evans
Grade:11
School:eagel high school
Teacher:gurr
Statement:i enjoy to be out and taking photos and drawing! took this pictures with a intent to take something to a diffrent feel. riding dirtbikes in the mt. is not better place to be.
Braden Evans 2

Caption:boise street
Student:Braden Evans 2
Grade:11
School:eagel high school
Teacher:McCale Ashenbrener
Statement:i enjoy taking pictures and drawing. i took this photo with a intent to find that there is no ending to the road. life always keeps on going you just ahve to keep on moving.
Eric Osterhout

Caption:Fantasy Creek
Student:Eric Osterhout
Grade:12
School:Declo High School
Teacher:Mrs. Janet Cole
Statement:The natural beauty of this scene can transport anyone to a seemingly imaginary world of swift creeks, delicate leaves, rich moss, and grand majestic woods. The magic of this picture is in the forest of trees.
Eric Osterhout 2

Caption:Tree Line
Student:Eric Osterhout
Grade:12
School:Declo High School
Teacher:Mrs. Janet Cole
Statement:The vast open plains of Idaho are covered in sagebrush and prairie grass. This expanse of emptiness is broken periodically by the welcome sight of trees. Whether in a forest or a small bunch, trees have given shelter, food, enchantment, and optimism to the residents of Idaho since the beginning.
Libby Sanders

Caption:libbysanders
Student:Libby Sanders
Grade:10
School:Boise High School
Teacher:Debra Chojnacky
Statement:This photograph was taken at my grandparents house near a nature preserve.I was out in the backyard experimenting with my mom's camera when the cardinal flew up into the tree. This photograph relates to the contest theme by capturing a picture of an animal that makes its home in trees.
Sarah Ridgway

Caption:A Peek Through the Shadows
Student:Sarah Ridgway
Grade:9
School:Idaho Virtual Academy, Meridian
Teacher:Carolyn Ridgway (Mentor)
Statement:Though life may seem dark and shadowy at times, there will always be a bright spot to be found.
Jake Maynard

Caption:Back to the Forest
Student:Jake Maynard
Grade:11
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:The wolf is a keystone animal in our forests. Wolves are often considered killers, but without them the forests we love would not be the same. Wolves prey on animals that if allowed to over populate, would affect our forests in a negative manner. Nature's balance is crucial!
Arin Spade

Caption:Looking through the Pines
Student:Arin Spade
Grade:12
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:Whenever I feel down, I look to the forest to find my inspiration.
"Each Morning sees some task begin, Each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, Has earned a night's repose" - Henry Wadworth Longfellow
Andrew Lopez

Caption:Gateway to Serenity
Student:Andrew Lopez
Grade:10
School:Midvale High School
Teacher:Mrs, Warren
Statement:AS I lay in my bed I start to wonder what the world has to offer. Day after day my sensations get larger. I go outside and find a path; the trail leads to an opening to the other side of Serenity. It is peaceful and soothing. "ITíS THE MYSTICAL FOREST"
Anthony Brown

Caption:Big Bircha!
Student:Anthony Brown
Grade:12
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:This is a big beautiful tree in down town Sandpoint Idaho. Sandpoint is tree city USA, home of the worlds most outstanding forests and wildlife!
Rachel Wilker

Caption:A Forest at Every Turn!
Student:Rachel Wilker
Grade:10
School:Mountain View High School, Meridian
Teacher:Mrs. Boester
Statement:When I look in to the forest I think of the crackling leaves under my feet, the blue skies above my head and the surrounding of trees while I'm walking. Sometimes the trees may be bare but there is still the smell of the forest to them.
Vespera Aragon

Caption:VA
Student:VesperaAragon
Grade:9
School:East Junior High School, Boise
Teacher:Ms. Hall
Statement:This picture I believe represents the forests, and the dark shadows shows that there are frightening dark parts in the forest. Sit down, lay down and settle down, look and see the alluring scenery.
Eric Yoon

Caption:EY
Student:Eric Yoon
Grade:9
School:East Junior High School, Boise
Teacher:Ms. Hall
Statement:Green, lustrous are the words that comes up to your mind, however when winter comes snow and ice takes up the place of the greenness. It is true beauty when you find it when you don't expect it, when you look close up to it.
Carli Giard

Caption:Mr
Student:Carli Giard
Grade:12
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:I see sunshine and hope when looking into the forest. I always feel happy and revived when I am in the forest. Never feeling drained or trapped when looking into the forest.
Victoria Branch

Caption:Country Sunset
Student:Victoria Branch
Grade:11
School:Midvale Senior High School
Teacher:Mrs, Warren
Statement:Every time you go outside
Make sure you see the sunshine before it hides
You can see it on a beautiful horseback ride
And your smile will surely be wide
That is what happens when you see the sun setting on the good old country side
Sarah Almeida

Caption:Snowflake Spotlight
Student:Sarah Almeida
Grade:10
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:This photo was taken at Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Sarah Almeida 2

Caption:Looking Out
Student:Sarah Almeida 2
Grade:10
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:A small river viewed from a forest, overlooking the hills and valleys beyond.
Eric Yoon 2

Caption:EY
Student:Eric Yoon 2
Grade:9
School:East Junior High School, Boise
Teacher:Ms. Hall
Statement:Like the story "The Giving Tree", the trees gives us pleasure in many ways. Although they may be dying or had died they provide us with needs and pleasure in our eyes. This photo has caught how even a dead tree can offer such a sight and pleasure our eyes.
Kirsten Robinson

Caption:Break through The Barrier
Student:Kirsten Robinson
Grade:9
School:East Jr high, Boise
Teacher:Ms. Hall
Statement:As I look to the forest I watch the galliant and symbolic eagle wrap its bright and strong talons around the branch supporting its precious life. As the eagle finds its courage to fly, it breaks through the barriers of the many branches and begins life among the forest.
Jamie LeBlanc

Caption:JL
Student:Jamie LeBlanc
Grade:9
School:Canyon Ridge High School, Twin Falls
Teacher:Desiree Carr
Statement:The bright sun rays brighten the branches of the beauty of the white birch. This photo shows the natural beauty and wonders that can make someone say "wow." This is amazing scenery that makes you want to stop and look at this marvelous tree that is a part of earths unique nature. This photo can inspire one to "Look to the Forest!"
Jamie LeBlanc 2

Caption:JL2
Student:Jamie LeBlanc 2
Grade:9
School:Canyon Ridge High School, Twin Falls
Teacher:Desiree Carr
Statement:Looking into the trees and beyond clears your mind to realize the beauty of the trees and everything in the surrounding. This photo makes you not only to look at the scenery surrounded by one but to also notice the little things such as a bird house. One can find their way through the forest of trees and life.
Joel Smith

Caption:Promise of New Life
Student:Joel Smith
Grade:11
School:Gold Hill Academy, SAGLE
Teacher:Ms. Hall
Statement:This photo depicts the new life that trees promise to bring to the beautiful area we live in. The pine cone represents the continuing benefits that trees give to us, and by looking to the forest, we see the assurance that trees will continue gracing the beautiful landscape of Idaho.
Joel Smith 2

Caption:Lingering Shadows
Student:Joel Smith 2
Grade:11
School:Gold Hill Academy, SAGLE
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:This photo has the feeling of looking forward and up, causing a sensation of hope for the future and gratefulness for the present, for our forests and for ourselves.
Madison Mayo

Caption:backwoods and beyond
Student:Madison Mayo
Grade:12
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:Mr. Hastings
Statement:Take a trip beyond the backwoods and experience the simplicity of which everything you are connected with.
Emily Dannenhauer

Caption:Rising Towers
Student:Emily Dannenhauer
Grade:10
School:Hagerman Jr/Sr High School
Teacher:Leslie Priebe
Statement:Autumn in the woods of Sun Valley.
Kirsten Robinson 2

Caption:Catching Grazes
Student:Kirsten Robinson 2
Grade:9
School:East Junior High, Boise
Teacher:Ms. Hall
Statement:Look to the forest. Capture the sight of the beloved and historic Golden Eagle. Stare into its eyes. Gasp, as you catch its mesmerizing gaze. Step back as you realize that it is relying on the broken down trees that are laying askew in the running rivers of Idaho.
Baeleigh Hamlin

Caption:Climbing to New Heights
Student:Baeleigh Hamlin
Grade:11
School:Borah High School, Boise
Teacher:Chojnacky
Statement:When taking this photograph I wanted the audience to feel as if they were in the photo, like what they are seeing is their own memory. I did a close up to show the detail and out the rest out of focus to represent the natural structure of the tree, and how a normal person would see it when climbing upwards.
Bree Garcia

Caption:Paths of Nature
Student:Bree Garcia
Grade:11
School:Borah, Boise
Teacher:Mrs. Chojnacky
Statement:Take a climb,choose a branch and be adventurous.
Khyla Carrier

Caption:Forest of Dreams
Student:Khyla Carrier
Grade:11
School:Borah High School, Boise
Teacher:Mrs. Chojnacky
Statement:Idaho is full of beautiful trees and wonderful landscapes.
Elise Flory

Caption:summer chimes
Student:Elise Flory
Grade:9
School:east, boise
Teacher:jeannine hall
Statement:The warm summer breeze can make a gentle song by sweetly swaying five metal charms. you watch from a distance as the birds call to their metallic friend and listen to the soft response of the steel chimes. The sun shines through the canopy of green leaves causing the illusion of dancing. A summer memory, Iím closing my eyes and I just listen to the world and remember the simple joys in life, like the warm summer breeze making a gentle song by sweetly swaying those five metal charms.
Elise Capson

Caption:Forest Abounds as does Nature
Student:Elise Capson
Grade:9
School:Idaho City High School
Teacher:Mrs. Mendenhall
Statement:The crisp chill of a spring morning
Dawn breaking and snow receding
Sunlight flowing through the trees
Mountain streams twinkle with delight
The forest comes alive from slumber
Creatures stir and stretch
A buck stands poised
As if nothing is amiss
He stares between the trees
And back at me
Aaron G Crossingham

Caption:The Blaze
Student:Aaron G Crossingham
Grade:11
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:john hastings
Statement:I Gaze into the blazing sun
As it peaks through the bare trees
It radiates and transcends onto the cold dewy ground
Trees soak up the light and scratch the sky
The world slowly arouses from it's deep somnolent sleep
Song birds sing their melodious harmonies
From the sun the world becomes life
Amanda Jeroma

Caption:Strength In Numbers an Army of Peace
Student:Amanda Jeroma
Grade:12
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:John Hasting
Statement:Looking into the forest I see the trees that take roots by fates command. Seeing the power, strength, and struggle of the trees I witness an army of a peaceful race that we live under. I say you Moss ask of my Burch of trees. Theyíre what catch my eyes.
Jessica Gravelle

Caption:New Perspective
Student:Jessica Gravelle
Grade:12
School:Sandpoint, Sandpoint ID
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:I believe this photo goes well with the theme because I took this picture when I got stuck on a mountain and the view was very serene. Being stuck wehere i was, with nothing but trees, mud, grass and dirt, really made me think more creatively. It also helped me take a step back from my chaotic life and get a new perspective and some fresh air.
Daisy Johnson

Caption:My field
Student:Daisy Johnson
Grade:11
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:Hastings
Statement:This follows into the forest because it is a path of trees leading to my pasture. it was when we had our first large amount of snow.
Jake McGuire

Caption:Chimney Rock
Student:Jake McGuire
Grade:12
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:Hastings
Statement:A view from Chimney Rock approximately 6 miles up the rugged trail overlooking the vast Forrest and mountains. With a glimmering view of Lake Pend Oreille.
Chase Doyle

Caption:Highway 21
Student:Chase Doyle
Grade:9
School:East Jr. High, Boise
Teacher:Ms. Hall
Statement:Explore a place you've never been. Expeirence things you have never expeienced. Look into the forest and find another world. Be couragous and explore the freedom. Cross the bridge of fear and look into a new world.
Chase Doyle 2

Caption:Create Your Own Reflection
Student:Chase Doyle 2
Grade:9
School:East Jr. High, Boise
Teacher:Ms. Hall
Statement:This tree has had many years of life. But everyday it watches its friends go down one by one because of devlopment of houses. As this tree hides in the shrubs it hopes to live many more years on the river.
Madison Mayo 2

Caption:backwoods and beyond
Student:Madison Mayo 2
Grade:12
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:Mr. Hastings
Statement:Take a trip beyond the backwoods and experience the simplicity of which everything you are connected with.


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