Teagasc Forestry Development Department has launched a forest photo competition which will be run in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture.

The theme of the competition is ‘Celebrating Our Forests and Wood Use’.

The photos should reflect both the beauty of our forests but also their multiple uses in our lives.

The competition is not open to professional photographers, but instead photo enthusiasts who show a passion in photography.

The successful candidate will be in with the chance of winning exciting prizes.

Competition details

Commencing from 7 October, the ‘Celebrating Our Forests and Wood Use’ competition will focus on two consecutive forest themes.

At the end of each theme period, the winner for that theme will be chosen and is guaranteed a prize of €300 in vouchers, with €100 in vouchers for two selected runners-up.

Each theme winner will also go forward to a grand final on 7 December, when the overall competition winner will be in line for a further €500 in vouchers.

Speaking at the launch of the Teagasc/DAFM competition, head of the Teagasc Forestry Development Department Dr Nuala Ni Fhlatharta said: "We are very pleased to organise this initiative for a second successive year, particularly appropriate on National Tree Day.

"Our competition will allow the public to submit good-quality and attractive digital images that capture our forests in their autumnal splendour, as well as the vast range of wood uses we all enjoy.

"We also hope to showcase a range of the submitted photos that reflect these two themes on our website as the competition progresses."

Individual participants may submit one photo separately for each of the two forestry competition themes.

Submission is by email only to forestphotos@teagasc.ie.

Landscape orientation is strongly preferred.

To find out more about the competition, log on to the forestry section of the Teagasc website.