Idaho Forest Products Commission

Arbor Day Student Photo Contest

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2022 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 2022 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






Natalie Godfrey | Homeschool (pandemic year only) | Coeur d’Alene, ID

Photo caption:

Keepers of the Forest

First Place

Photographer's Statement:

When I look to the forest, I see that even tiny things like insects play a part in helping the forest grow. Ladybugs keep the forest ecosystem in balance by eating aphids, insects which eat many plants. The forest can continue to grow and thrive because of these small but powerful creatures.