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Snapshot of forestry: Winners of COFI & CFI’s 5th annual forestry photo contest


February 4, 2021
By Susan Yurkovich
Grand prize winner Andrea Robinson's photo is on the cover of CFI's Jan/Feb 2021 issue.

The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) and Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) are excited to present the winners of the fifth annual forestry photo contest.

The contest is designed to illustrate the many benefits that forestry provides British Columbians. As in previous years, we received photographs from right across the province, showing the diversity and beauty of our forests and forest products. Thank you to all the entrants and congratulations to the prize recipients.

Grand prize winner Andrea Robinson’s photo is featured on the cover of  CFI‘s Jan/Feb 2021 magazine. She will receive a $500 gift certificate to Canadian Tire. Mike Lane, Layla Proulx and Everett Bumstead will each receive a runner-up prize of a $75 gift certificate to Canadian Tire.

Grand prize winner:

Andrea Robinson, Kamloops, B.C.

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A wildfire deployment tour in the southeast of B.C. Physically, this was the hardest one we would endure. At this particular fire, we would drive in to the staging area and then have a 45-minute hike to the base of the fire, which happened to be on the side of a very large mountain. By the third day of this, everyone was starting to feel the fatigue creep in, and getting to the top seemed more and more daunting as time went on, especially with all the gear that had to be brought up and down each day. After hauling ourselves up for the final time and being able to take a quick break before getting to work, the sun was just coming up and the sense of comradery that, “Yes, we all did it,” was overwhelming.

Runners-up:

Everett Bumstead, Vancouver, B.C.

Photograph taken of David Guise tree planting in a remote region on Vancouver Island near Sayward, B.C. Morning dew sprays off the shrubs as the sun rises.

Mike Lane, Saanichton, B.C.

A pair of Seaspan barges, loaded with wood chips, passes by Mt. Baker as an eagle watches overhead.

Layla Proulx, Smithers, B.C.

A nostalgic photo of my last day planting in Kuyukot Sound in April 2012. My own private helipad on a misty mountain side. I bruised my ribs the day before and unbeknownst to me then, I would be pregnant in five months, ending my tree planting career on the Coast. Eight years and three children later, I’m still planting and still hold on the to wish of having my own private helipad on the Coast again.

Honourable mentions

Anji Smith, Powell River, B.C.

Evergreen reforestation – planting in the Powell River Community Forest.

Michael Ross, Nelson, B.C.

Planters in a quarantine camp.

Kelly Kitsch, Mission, B.C.

To maximize the quality and value of our cedar poles grades, Mission TFL26 completed single stem heli-selection along an undeveloped right of way to reduce the amount of log handling required during road construction. Mt. Slesse looms in the background across the Fraser Valley.

Mitchell Cheek, Kamloops, B.C.

The preservation of our old-growth is one of the most special ways to appreciate and celebrate our forests. The Tsawwassen First Nation is building a youth centre and Durfled Log Homes has provided the most beautifully preserved logs for its frame.

Chris Cole, Nanaimo, B.C.

Vancouver Island University Woodlot 0020 in use by forestry students on a beautiful fall day.

Wayne Ray, Fort Fraser, B.C.

A John Deere forwarder brings logs to the roadside for loading on a private land site near Fort Fraser, B.C.

Find the complete album of photos submitted for the contest here.

Susan Yurkovich is president and CEO of the BC Council of Forest Industries.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated Wayne Ray was from West Kelowna, B.C., and listed Everett Bumstead’s last name as Burnstead. Wayne Ray is actually based in Fort Fraser, B.C. CFI apologizes for the errors.