People at Work in the Woods: QJF Photography Winners

Three fabulous pictures that captured ‘People at work in the wood’ have won the Quarterly Journal of forestry (QJF) Photographic competition.

By Wendy Necar · April 1, 2022

First Place

In first place is this wonderful picture by Cheryl Duerden from Devon. It is of her friend Stuart, owner of Hakeford Woods, as he tidies up the end of a larch log ready to be milled.

She tells us: “It was a lovely and sunny day; as the chainsaw chips were flying in the sun rays I captured this ‘sparkling confetti’ moment.”

Second Place

Taking second place, above, is Danny Kelliher with this atmospheric picture as he and a colleague carried out beat up planting.

They were in the Upper Derwent, Peak District. He says: “The poor quality lodgepole block that used to be here had been clear felled. Due to the steepness of the ground a series of benches had been made into the hillside so that machines could move up the hill and mounds could be created either side of the benches. The site has been restocked with a mix of Sitka, Norway, Douglas, Scots, improved birch, alder and oak creating a much more diverse forest that hopefully won’t struggle too much at such a high altitude.”

Third Place

In third place is this evocative picture from Joan McGandy from County Derry. She calls it: “Scythes matters! where the new woods meets the old woods creating a nature corridor on the side of the Keady Mountain outside Limavady. Scything the rushes between the new trees to use as fresh cattle bedding.”

The winning photographs will each feature on the front cover of a issue of the QJF during 2022. The QJF photographic competition 2022 is on the theme of ‘Quality Timber’. Full details here.  Deadline for entries is 31 October.

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