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Forestry in focus: CFI and COFI announce winners of annual photo contest

February 19, 2019  By CFI and COFI

Grand Prize: A loaded barge of rough-cut, high value cedar going through Discovery Passage.

The B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) and Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) today announced the winners of the third annual photo contest.

“This year, we received outstanding submissions from photographers across British Columbia,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of the B.C. Council of Forest Industries. “We were thrilled to see so many photographers share images of what forestry means for them and where forest products appear in their everyday lives.”

From October to December 2018, COFI and CFI accepted photo entries that capture the many ways that British Columbians interact with forest products.

Of the 54 submissions received, ten terrific photos have been selected to appear in print, in the January-February edition of CFI magazine, with the top photo featured on the cover of CFI magazine.


The grand prize winner will also receive a $500 gift card to Canadian Tire, and three other winning photographers will receive a $100 gift card to Canadian Tire and have their photos featured in the magazine.

All submitted photos can be viewed below and the big winners are…

Overall Winner:

Colin Filliter


Eoin Carey
Cory Gardner
Mike Lane

Honourable Mentions:

Brent Ziegler
David Dumont
Olivia Card
Travis Tucker
Tyler Scully
Tim Chen

“Thank you to all those who shared their images of forestry in BC and congratulations to the winners,” added Yurkovich. “We are glad to share their passion for BC’s forests and see their beautiful snapshots published in CFI Magazine.”

Grand prize

Photo by Colin Filliter, Campbell River, B.C. A loaded barge of rough-cut, high value cedar going through Discovery Passage.


Photo by Mike Lane, Saanichton, B.C. Surprisingly, the cattle ranching industry in B.C.’s central interior uses a lot of wood. From building wooden barns to fencing in miles of open range, wood has proven to be a superior building product for literally thousands of cattle raising families!


Photo by Cory Gardner, Mission, B.C. This is my cedar strip kayak, built by me with guidance from my parents, who built several others. We love woodworking and kayaking. This photo was taken at Hayward Lake in Mission, B.C.


Photo by Eoin Carey, Kelowna, B.C. This photo shows the importance of our waterways in transporting fibre to some mills. I always carried my camera while working in the bush and have managed to get some excellent shots. On this occasion, however, I was fishing by the floating logs and sent my drone up to see how they looked from the air! The contrast between the freshly dumped logs and those that have been sitting in the sun is evident from this unique perspective.


Photo by Brent Ziegler, Castlegar, B.C. The view is looking west on the Arrow Lakes while sitting on a deck made out of cedar. The cabin (made out of wood) is floating on cedar logs and attached to a boom of logs and a dock made of wood. The sun is discoloured from the smoke of wildfires. And there are growing trees in the Syringa Provincial park on the right. I do not live any day without having wood or wood products around me.


Photo by Travis Tucker, Clearwater, B.C. Logging is our way of life. It’s beyond early mornings, long drives on crappy roads, long days, hard work. It’s time away from loved ones. But it’s also food on the table, a roof over our heads. It’s beautiful sunrises, sunsets (all in the same shift); it’s workmates that are more than that. It’s friendships, family, fun. It’s the reason we are able to live and play in the best place on earth. Beyond thankful to be the son of a logger and proud to call myself a “logger.” Picture taken at some god forsaken time of the morning on top of some mountain.


Photo by David Dumont, North Vancouver, B.C. VIH helicopters Kamov KA-32A11BC heli-logging in the Canton Valley near Tahsis, B.C. for WFP.


Photo by Olivia Card, Monte Creek, B.C. This was taken at Carol Lake near Lillooet. New forest products are used to extend the life of the docks at each campsite.


Photo by Tyler Scully, Prince George, B.C. Hauling out of the pine pass powder king area.


Photo by Tim Chen, Vancouver, B.C. Sea lions relaxing on log booms at Nanoose Bay, B.C.


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