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October 17, 2011
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PEI Model Forest Network announces photo workshop and contest

Environment, Energy & Forestry

The Prince Edward Island Model Forest Network, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry, is holding a special forest-themed photo contest over the fall and winter.

“The members of the Model Forest Network are encouraging people to head outside and capture images that reflect how they perceive and use our public and private forest lands,” said Richard Gill, chair of the Model Forest Network. “Whether enjoying wildlife, walking, hunting, working, snowshoeing or biking, we are looking for images that reflect the importance of Island forests.”

Prince Edward Island’s landscape is renowned for its blend of fields, water and forests. This landscape attracts amateur and professional photographers who want to capture images of what the Island means to them.

While the Island’s beaches, farms and small communities often receive the most attention, forests are often featured for their lush greens in spring and summer, vibrant red, orange and yellow of fall, and the white stillness of winter. Some photographers also try to capture the hundreds of ways people use and connect with forests every day.

The contest is designed to promote awareness and appreciation of all types of forests including urban and rural, and public and private forests. Themes could also include how forests meet various economic, social, recreational, cultural, ecological and aesthetic needs.

“We are interested in Island photographs of almost anything forest-related,” said Mr. Gill.

The contest includes a special outdoor photography workshop that will feature tips and demonstrations on how to improve outdoor photography. It will be held Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Central Forest District office, 170 Beach Grove Road, Charlottetown.

The contest runs from October 22, 2011 to February 29, 2012. Prizes will be offered for the winning photographs. For workshop information, contest rules and for details about prizes, visit or contact Greg Ridgway at (902) 368-4800 or at

Media Contact: Kim Devine
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