Foresters are friendly and responsible

Friday 27 Jul 2018

“That’s good news – and I need some good news,” laughed Tumut, NSW, nature photographer Robyn MacRae who heard she had won the Responsible Wood photo contest just days after she fell from her snow board at the Mount Selwyn ski resort. Recovering from her knee injury, Robyn says it won’t be long before she is back taking photographs of her favourite subjects of inspiration – trees.

“Most of my work is in the wonderful forests around Tumut, especially the inspiring stands of alpine ash which set the tone for my images.” Robyn MacRae’s entry – Early Morning in the Bago Forest – gave her a second win in the contest, which includes a $500 gift voucher. “Early mornings are the best time to take my photographs – and there’s no better time to be among the silent giants that grow there in the winter mist,” she said.

Responsible Wood’s nation-wide photo contest, part of a PEFC worldwide initiative, was aimed at further raising awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management and certification. The competition, which ran from Earth Day April 22 to World Environment Day June 5, attracted many entries from across Australia.

Using her favourite Cannon 5D (“I’m camera shy and prefer to work behind the camera”) Robyn has an assignment to take photos of harvesting, planting and nursery operations for the NSW Forestry Corporation to build on the corporation’s photo library and information resource. “This is a wonderful opportunity to see the diverse range of roles people play in growing and harvesting sustainable forests,” Robyn said.

A teacher in design and technology at the Riverina Institute TAFE and married to forest radio manager at the Forestry Corporation Peter MacRea, Robyn says forestry field workers are among the friendliest and most responsible people she has met. The Bago state forest is incredibly diverse covering the native alpine ash forests of the Bago Plateau, through historic plantation stands dating back to the 1920s and a large area of commercial radiata plantations.

Photo: Responsible Wood photo contest winner Robyn MacRea

Source: Responsible Wood

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