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






Annaleigh Cook | Elk City School | Elk City, ID

Photo caption:

Even Trees Have Hearts

Honorable Mention

Photographer's Statement:

My picture is a heart that was burned into a tree from the Williams Creek fire. The fire burned through Old Orogrande.  If forest fire management had been better, the fire would not have spread as fast. The fire was started by lightning. During the fire, someone’s home was burned down as well as a historical building. The heart symbolizes the good the fire did to the forest.