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






Claire Landon | Hawthorne Middle School | Pocatello, ID

Photo caption:

Our Imperfections Make Us Beautiful And Unique

Honorable Mention

Photographer's Statement:

A knot in a tree is a branch that died and new wood grew around it. Some think that’s a weakness, but it’s beautiful. I have diabetes and my pancreas died. I was “weak” but grew strength and courage.  Just like knots, we’re unique and our challenges make us special.