Idaho Forest Products Commission

Arbor Day Student Photo Contest

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2023 Winners of the 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 2023 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.

Winners: All | Grades 5-6 | Grades 7-8 | Grades 9-10 | Grades 11-12






Payton Betz | Sandpoint High School | Sandpoint, ID

Photo caption:

Summer Trail Trip

Honorable Mention

Photographer's Statement:

When I look into the forest, I am in an element of tranquility and peace. Sun shines through the branches creating designs on the ground. Nearby a shallow lake soaks up the light, sparking, giving life.