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 2014!




Christina Lomeli
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
& WINNER GRADES 9-12

Caption:Pause and Refresh
Student:Christina Lomeli
School:Lewiston High School
Teacher:Deanna Kinziger
Statement:
I took this picture because this bird perched right in front of me! It seemed liked it needed a rest from hopping around looking for worms and it could rest safely on this tree limb. Trees and forests are important for sheltering birds and all kinds of wildlife that are important to our ecosystems.



Amanda Nelson
WINNER GRADES 5-6

Caption:Man and His Dog
Student:Amanda Nelson
School:Kamiah Middle School
Teacher:Joe Sams
Statement:I think my photo connects to the theme Look to the Forest by showing scenery. While skiing, we came upon nature's creativity: this man and his dog out enjoying the winter wonderland with us.

Maranda Paz
WINNER GRADES 7-8

Caption:Winter Pine
Student:Maranda Paz
School:East Junior High School, Boise
Teacher:Jeannine Hall
Statement:This photo is showing the beauty the winter has on trees making them beautiful in every way. This tree isn't letting a little frost get in its way of being great.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 5-6 GRADES 9-12 GRADES 7-8

Laney Jensen

Caption:Magical Misty Forest
Student:Laney Jensen
Grade:5
School:Raft River Elementary
Teacher:Jenny Holt
Statement:I think my picture is great for the theme (look to the forest ) because it shows a beautiful forest scene. While taking this picture I was actually standing next to the freeway. The thing is, you can always find beauty in the forest no matter if you are on the very edge, deep inside or even far away.
Cody Allred

Caption:A walk through the forest.
Student:Cody Allred
Grade:9
School:Council High School
Teacher:Dawn Holmes
Statement:I took this photo while walking through one of the beautiful forests in Idaho and could not help but see how beautiful this would look as a photograph.
Anna Gable

Caption:Cut-Off
Student:Anna Gable
Grade:8
School:East Junior High School
Teacher:Jeannine Hall
Statement:This photo represents a tree growing through pain. It has a branch cut off and it still grew taller.
Laney Jensen

Caption:The Crazy Caterpillar Tree
Student:Laney Jensen
Grade:5
School:Raft River Elementary
Teacher:Jenny Holt
Statement:Look to the forest I really must say There's cool things to see every day Looking close up or far Even from inside a car You'll see the forest and the beauty it hides Admire a tree from all of its sides Look to the forest I really must say There's creativity in every way
Madelyn Stewart

Caption:Autumn Silhouette
Student:Madelyn Stewart
Grade:11
School:Lake City High School
Teacher:Becky Anderson
Statement:When I look to the forest, I am captivated by the presence of the tallest trees, as I am by high-reaching buildings in cities. These towering trees draw my attention to the sky, and every small section where sunlight breaks through the canopy.
Mira Torf

Caption:Look to the Trees
Student:Mira Torf
Grade:7
School:Anser Charter School
Teacher:Allyson Maynard
Statement:When I look to the forest I see the massive, towering trees like the ones in this picture taken in Stanley Idaho. I feel inspired by all of them to reach as high as I can and remind me that everyone is different like each tree.
Madelyn Stewart

Caption:Built-in Skylight
Student:Madelyn Stewart
Grade:11
School:Lake City High School
Teacher:Becky Anderson
Statement:When I look to the forest, I am captivated by the presence of the tallest trees, as I am by high-reaching buildings in cities. These towering trees draw my attention to the sky, and every small section where sunlight breaks through the canopy.
Micaela Hurtuk

Caption:Spring Run Off
Student:Micaela Hurtuk
Grade:8
School:Sage International School
Teacher:Melissa Hegg
Statement:As I look to the forest, I see spring runoff that now looks dark and dreary and soon will be green and alive.
After two years of taking photos my photos have been transforming just as nature and the forest transforms.


 


Kyle Stevens

Caption:Forest Evening
Student:Kyle Stevens
Grade:11
School:Sandpoint High School
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:This photo was taken in the panhandle of North Idaho. It is a beautiful sunset sky behind the trees, reflecting off the lake.
Naomi Priddy

Caption:Trees can show love too
Student:Naomi Priddy
Grade:7
School:Anser Charter School
Teacher:Diane Williams
Statement:I searched a long time to find an idea, until I saw the "paper" birch, and soon realized that trees give a Plethora of love. They make the air we breathe. They are a friend to the friendless. They will never move, only listen, and people need that sometimes.


 


Alexander Baker

Caption:Microscope. Nature. Lens. Earth. Innocent.
Student:Alexander Baker
Grade:11
School:Sandpoint High Schoolr
Teacher:John Hastings
Statement:In ecology class we had an infinite supply of microscopes. The pine needles looked so cool through my eyes and I thought to myself "could I capture this beauty?"


 


Olivia Quesnell

Caption:Rainy Day
Student:Olivia Quesnell
Grade:9
School:East Junior High, Boise
Teacher:Jeannine Hall
Statement:This photo represents all the changes trees go through and all the different colors and characteristics trees have.


 


Joel Smith

Caption:Slivers of Light
Student:Joel Smith
Grade:12
School:old Hill Academy, Sagle
Teacher:Yulanda Smith
Statement:In composing this shot, I saw the renew-ability of Idaho's forests. Looking to the forest, I see the potential for renewed resources that even dead trees give. The light shining through the old tree trunk shows the hope that one tree's death will allow another tree to replace it.


 


Gabe Taylor

Caption:The Freeze
Student:Gabe Taylor
Grade:8
School:Timberline High School
Teacher:Patricia Thorpe
Statement:HDR technique creating incredible texture and frozen color.


 


Andrew Grissom

Caption:To the Horizon and Beyond
Student:Andrew Grissom
Grade:11
School:Timberline High School
Teacher:Patricia Thorpe
Statement:Look beyond the trees in our yards to the great forests that lie around us.

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