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






Milee Dayley | Hawthorne Middle School | Pocatello, Idaho, ID

Photo caption:

The Silent Adventures are the Most Memorable

Honorable Mention

Photographer's Statement:

This photo represents the theme “healthy tree, healthy me” because the thin paper in every book comes from trees. When I have free time, my nose is in a good book. Books can take me out of the reality of the world, all the drama, the pain, the stress and the fear go away when I’m reading. Books take me places that know how to make me smile or laugh. The characters can speak to me in deeper ways and help me better understand situations that are happening in my life. The highlight of my day is always the few minutes a day I get to indulge in reading a good book!