Wood Business

Forestry’s close up: Winners of the COFI and CFI community photo contest

February 12, 2020  By Susan Yurkovich

Grand prize winner Mark Mackay's photo is on the cover of CFI's January/February 2020 issue.

The B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) and Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) launched our fourth annual forestry photo contest in November 2019.

This year’s photo contest called for submissions that illustrate the benefits forestry provides British Columbians. We look forward to this photo contest every year, and the submissions never fail to impress. This year was no different. We received photographs from all across the province that show the diversity and beauty of our forests and forest products.

Thank you to all entrants and congratulations to the prize recipients!

Grand prize winner Mark Mackay’s stunning photo is featured on the cover of this edition of CFI magazine and will also receive a $500 gift card to Canadian Tire. Mike Lane, Lloyd Davis, and Devin Gannon have won the runner-up prizes, with a $75 gift card to Canadian Tire and their photos published in the magazine for you to admire.


Full winners list and submissions below. Click here for gallery of all submissions in the contest.

Susan Yurkovich is president and CEO of COFI

Grand prize winner:

  • Mark Mackay

Ferg, ready for work as the morning fog burns off. Photo by Mark Mackay, Whistler, B.C.


  • Mike Lane

This waterfront bandshell structure, located in Beacon Park in Sidney, B.C., consists of four segmented composite wood shells pinned together and set onto a concrete raft slab. The acoustically reflective roof sections were pre-fabricated in the shop complete with the clear Western Red Cedar soffits. Diamond-shaped zinc shingles protect this carefully detailed structure. Photo by Mike Lane, Saanichton, B.C.

  • Lloyd Davies

Forestry worker has an office with a view at Klanawa River Valley, Vancouver Island, B.C. Photo by Lloyd Davies, Nanaimo, B.C.

  • Devin Gannon

Meandering stream through the forest near North Barriere Lake, B.C. Photo by Devin Gannon, Vancouver, B.C.

Honourable mentions:

  • Mike Heller

The imposing wall of the Stawamus Chief looms over this lumber yard in Squamish, B.C. Photo by Mike Heller, Vancouver.

  • Lauren Posselt

Family day at the family-owned mill. Photo by Lauren Posselt, Bulkley-Nechako, B.C.

  • Jessica Gunn

Tour of Pinnacle Pellet and the other products they make. Photo by Jessica Gunn, Clearwater, B.C.

  • John Deal (two submissions)

Forestry benefits wildlife through careful forest planning that addresses the habitat needs of many species on the landscape and cutblocks. Northern flickers require standing dead trees to nest and feed. In forests, they also feed on insects in downed woody material as shown in the photo. Photo by John Deal, Campbell River, B.C.

Forestry is a major economic driver in B.C. Many communities depend on the direct and indirect contribution of forestry to the local economy. This S-64E is on contract to a forestry company to yard logs to roadside from areas that cannot be accessed by road. Just having a heavy-lift helicopter company on contract creates spinoff employment and economic benefit for local accommodation, food, fuel truck drivers, and local support helicopters to name a few. Photo by John Deal, Campbell River, B.C.

  • Mike Lane

A fantastic new float plane terminal on Victoria’s waterfront. Fabricated at Bamfield and then towed into place, it utilizes B.C. Douglas Fir roof beams and interior ceiling cladding wherever possible. Photo by Mike Lane, Saanichton, B.C.

Note: A previous version of this article misspelled Lloyd Davies. CFI apologizes for this mistake.

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