Idaho Forest Products Commission

Arbor Day Student Photo Contest

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2024 Arbor Day Photo Contest

To celebrate Arbor Day, the Idaho Forest Products Commission sponsors a Photo Contest each year. The competition is open to all Idaho youth in 5th-12th grades. For the 2024 contest, young photographers addressed the theme, Healthy Tree, Healthy Me. In addition to their photo, contestants provided a statement sharing their vision of the photo’s portrayal of the theme.

Deadline: April 8th, 2024






Bethel Adams | Renaissance High School | Meridian , ID

Photo caption:

Comfort Place

First Place

Photographer's Statement:

When I think of the theme “Healthy Tree Healthy Me” it reminds me of the tree in my backyard. That tree has been a comfort place for me since I was little. I would climb it, read and play in it, and at one point my dad even put in a tire swing for me and my sister. The tree has been a bonding place for me with nature and with my family. I took this picture on a day when I wasn’t in the best mood. I looked into my backyard and the sun was just peeking through the branches and leaves; in the moment it looked so beautiful, and it helped me get through the day.