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 2017!




Saige Murphy
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
& WINNER GRADES 9-12

Caption: Beauty Above the City
Student: Saige Murphy
School: Mountain View High School, Meridian
Teacher: Sheila Boester
Statement: It has always amazed me how accessible forests and nature are in Idaho. Just 30 minutes from Boise, Bogus Basin is a beautiful escape from the city. I was able to capture this beautiful moment while the sun started to set and while I was just above the fog over the city.



Grayson Williams
WINNER GRADES 5-6

Caption: Eyes in a Tree
Student: Grayson Williams
School: Arbon Valley Elementary School, Arbon Valley
Teacher: Debbie Curry
Statement: Owls are creatures that seem to see all the happening of a forest.
Clarity Moffet
WINNER GRADES 7-8

Caption: Range Beyond the Crooked Fence
Student: Clarity Moffet
School: Sage International School, Boise
Teacher: Mimi Newstadt
Statement: Some people may be just sitting in their hammocks focusing on their phone, but if they choose to fall out they will see the beauty on the ground in the cells of the autumn leaves.

HONORABLE MENTIONS


GRADES 5-6
Morgan Kearney

Caption: Spring's Promise
Student: Sky Reinhardt
School: Sage International School, Boise
Teacher: Mimi Newstadt
Statement: Every year, no matter how bad the winter has been, the flowers always bloom in the Spring. The lens has focused on the gnarled texture and cut branches of the tree, however the puffy clouds, blue sky, and blossoms promise that the best is yet to come.
Grayson Williams

Caption: Quakies
Student: Grayson Williams
School: Arbon Valley Elementary School, Arbon Valley
Teacher: Debbie Curry
Statement: Quakies show the transition from summer into fall.
 
GRADES 7-8
Avery Clot

Caption: Frosty Idaho Winter
Student: Avery Clot
School: Legacy Charter School, Nampa
Teacher: Angela Wachsmuth
Statement: Through the cold winters, trees still survive through zero degree weather and can provide beautiful scenery.
Frances DePhillips

Caption: A detailed flower
Student: Frances DePhillips
School: North Jr. High School, Boise
Teacher: Johanna DeJong
Statement: Although the flower may not seem like it fits the theme "Look to the Forest", when I think of the woods I also think of the species inhabiting it. What is a forest without the moss that creeps upon the rocks, or the chipmunk scurrying upon the pine needle floor? The tiny subtleties add so much to the atmosphere of the woods. Just like the details inside this flower, each part works together to create something intricate and beautiful. A flower is just one of the many pieces that fits together to create the forests we love.
Charlotte Frye

Caption: The Viable Luminescence
Student: Charlotte Frye
School: Sage International School, Boise
Teacher: Mimi Newstadt
Statement: A tree is the captivating light of our existence. For in our darkest days the forest shines and distributes life among us despite how neglectful we may be towards it. This image captures the light and the branches that mimic the veins in our bodies.
Jadyn Jones

Caption: Haunted
Student: Jadyn Jones
School: Sage International School, Boise
Teacher: Mimi Newstadt
Statement: The bare trees of winter are some of the most interesting things to capture because you can represent them in many different ways. In this photo I wanted to represent the tree as a spooky thing. It reminded me the awesome things that nature can represent and create.
Giulia Sarocchi

Caption: The Reflection of Life
Student: Giulia Sarocchi
School: Sage International School, Boise
Teacher: Mimi Newstadt
Statement: This picture was taken at Ann Morrison Park, a Saturday afternoon I saw this gorgeous tree that looked even more beautiful in the water. I felt happy looking at this reflected image. As you can tell this tree is not perfect, the trunk has weird shapes and the branches are twisted. We are not perfect, and neither is life. Like my grandfather said "sometimes we need to look at life in another perspective."
 
GRADES 9-12
Cody Allred

Caption: Unexpected Life
Student: Cody Allred
School: Council High School, Council
Teacher: Sharon Parker
Statement: The forest is full of life. In the forest you may see deer, beautiful mountain streams, and a bounty of other sights. As this photo shows, you can also see the inspiring. This seedling was able to survive and become just one of the many beautiful sights you will see, because when you look to the forest you not only see all types of life, you also see the inspiring.
Bailey Arnold

Caption: Morning Waters
Student: Bailey Arnold
School: Mountain View High School, Meridian
Teacher: Sheila Boester
Statement: One morning when I woke up in my tent while camping at Warm Lake, I had the sudden urge to go kayaking. It was the perfect timing to capture the clouds reflecting off the water and I wanted to share the moment with everyone! Although I don’t recommend bringing your camera close to water, the wilderness is a beautiful place to capture these perfect moments with the trees.
Sadie Bernard

Caption: Pine Needles
Student: Sadie Bernard
School: Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian
Teacher: LaDonna Tuinstra
Statement: This photo was taken at a tree farm not too far from my home. As my parents were consulting with the owners, I scattered off to receive some photos. Out of all the photos I took that night this was my favorite. I love the way the lighting allows us to see the texture of the needles. Also, I am intrigued by the contrast of the bright green and the brown of the budding pine cones.
Naomi Clayton

Caption: View of the North Fork
Student: Naomi Clayton
School: Riverstone International School, Boise
Teacher: Jim Harper
Statement: When I look to the forest, I see the value of trees in the world. By overlaying my photographs, I showed the importance of nature to my life and to humans’ in general. It is an absolute necessity for humans to recognize the significance of trees in our lives.
Hannah Davidson

Caption: Logs in a Forest
Student: Hannah Davidson
School: Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint
Teacher: John Hastings
Statement: When I look to the forest, I see trees that give life to the forest and provide us with energy.
Emilie Dickerson

Caption: Beautiful but Cold
Student: Emilie Dickerson
School: Mountain View High School, Meridian
Teacher: Sheila Boester
Statement: I took this picture at Eagle Island State Park, in Eagle, Idaho. I love the way the trees make rhythm in the photo. The trees pop out at you and it makes you want to go to Eagle Island. The snow was really white and it was all smooth which made the picture look so much nicer.
Maya Hansen

Caption: Bud of Life
Student: Maya Hansen
School: Mountain View High School, Meridian
Teacher: Sheila Boester
Statement: The beginning of new life in this photo expresses "Look to the Forest" perfectly. The budding of the pine cone adds a radial balance to the photo and contrasting colors draw your eye to the orange in the center. It shows even the simplest of things in nature can be beautiful; you just have to look and see.
Hunter Hiatt

Caption: Follow the Lines
Student: Hunter Hiatt
School: North Idaho Christian School, Hayden
Teacher: Heather Lauri
Statement: I was walking through Idaho farm fields for miles, with storm clouds brewing. Light mist began to swirl around me, as the sun was dropping. It's as if the green grassy lines were looking to the forest for cover.
Chloe Holzer

Caption: Clouds in the Sky
Student: Chloe Holzer
School: Mountain View High School, Meridian
Teacher: Sheila Boester
Statement: I love how the clouds and the pathway in McCall, Idaho lead your eye towards Payette National Forest. I have spent the majority of my childhood growing up in the great forest.
Tya Kruger

Caption: Serenity
Student: Tya Kruger
School: Mountain View High School, Meridian
Teacher: Sheila Boester
Statement: When I look into the forest, I see emptiness and peace. It seems so calm. It’s where I'd go to be alone. No one to distract me and I can enjoy the nature for all its worth. I saw this tree and it seemed as if I had no worries.
Jacob Lewis

Caption: Shadow Leaf
Student: Jacob Lewis
School: Mountain View High School, Meridian
Teacher: Sheila Boester
Statement: The photograph "looks to the forest" because of the perspective of the leaves. In looking to the forest we get to see a view of forests we do not usually see. We can learn stories from the small details; we just have to find them.
Soncirey Mitchell

Caption: The Dewdrops of Summer
Student: Soncirey Mitchell
School: Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint
Teacher: John Hastings
Statement: In spring and summer the forest floor glistens with millions of tiny diamonds, as leaves grow heavy with dew from quiet nights. There are few things more beautiful than sunshine through such miniature pools—a signal to all that warmer days are at hand.
Soncirey Mitchell

Caption: Return to the Earth
Student: Soncirey Mitchell
School: Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint
Teacher: John Hastings
Statement: Even the most miniscule mushroom plays an integral role in the play that is the life of the forest. As the mushroom breaks down the fallen leaves and other debris, it sends nutrients back into the soils, feeding other plants who will one day fall to the earth to meet the fungi, thus starting the cycle again anew.
Jamie Rosenthal

Caption: Alone Leaf
Student: Jamie Rosenthal
School: Mountain View High School, Meridian
Teacher: Sheila Boester
Statement: One day walking alone on the greenbelt, I went to the river to soak my feet. I saw a little leaf, stuck alone on a rock surrounded by other large rocks. The leaf felt surrounded and trapped, yet beautiful. It reminded me that even in the darkest and lonely times, beauty can still be found. Nature is so simple, yet so complex. It tells a story. People take nature's beauty for granted. I think everyone should just stop for a minute and soak up the wonderful creation for what it really is, the source of our life.
Danika van den Akker

Caption: Reflections
Student: Danika van den Akker
School: Mountain View High School, Meridian
Teacher: Sheila Boester
Statement: This reflection of a tree makes me reflect on the beauty of nature, and its ghostly appearance in the puddle reminds me that we cannot let natural beauty become a forgotten ghost, survived only by dead leaves. If we don't protect forests, there won't be any forests to look to.
Chloe Yraguen

Caption: The Forest of Enchantment
Student: Chloe Yraguen
School: Mountain View High School, Meridian
Teacher: Sheila Boester
Statement: In society these days, nature and humanity have somehow become separate as the world continues to modernize. The introduction of technology has distracted the human race from the importance of nature, leading to the sudden catastrophe of deforestation. Through this photograph, I wanted to express the connection between the forest and people by creating an illusion of a young girl growing from the trees. The beauty of the girl symbolizes the equal beauty of the trees, creating an enchanting and magical mood. The art of nature is slowly being forgotten by society and I wanted to show the stunning beauty that I see when I look to the forest.

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