1. Essay Contest:
The winners will receive expenses-paid trips to Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Essays should focus on what contestants consider to be the most challenging issue facing forests and forestry in Asia and the Pacific today. The challenge should be described, and creative and practical solutions for addressing the challenge should be proposed.
Essay contest participants should be between 18-30 years of age (as of 1 April 2008) and be a citizen or resident in one of the following Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission's member countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
Essays must be written in English and should not exceed 1500 words. Entries must be received by 1 April 2008.
A panel of FAO forestry experts will select the winning essay. The judges decision will be final.
The author of the winning essay will be invited to attend the Forestry Week. Air tickets, accommodation, daily allowance to cover incidentals will be provided. The winner will be informed and announced by 7 April 2008.
Please complete the submission form available here
and send with your essay via email to AP-Forestry-Week@fao.org
with the subject line: Essay Contest.
2. Photo Contest:
The competition is open to ALL photographers at least 18 years of age. We are looking for striking images of forests and forestry from the Asia-Pacific region. Photos will be evaluated according to how well they depict forests and trees and their place in peoples lives, conceptually and artistically. A panel of foresters and photographers will select the best photos for display during the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in Hanoi.
The winning photographer will be invited to attend APFW in Hanoi, Vietnam. Selected photos will be published on the FAO Forestry website and in other FAO publications.
The entrants must be citizens or residents of one of the Asia-Pacific countries.
The photos should be submitted by 1 April 2008. Entrants must have full copyright to pictures submitted, which they must be able to certify if requested. Photos submitted to the contest will not be returned.
Submissions received will not be acknowledged. The winner will be informed on 7 April 2008. The competition is not open to FAO staff or family members.
Entry form and further information on participation is available here