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June/July newsletter – SAIF launch their 2020 photographic competition

The increasingly popular SAIF (Southern African Institute of Forestry) photographic competition will be taking place in 2020, with the top 13 photos being used to compile the 2021 SAIF calendar.

The top three photographs will win prizes sponsored by Stihl:

    1st place – STIHL RE 90 High-Pressure Washer
    2nd place – STIHL SE 62 Wet/Dry Vacuum
    3rd place STIHL HSA 25 Cordless Shrub Shears

What does it take to bring home the big prizes?

The beautiful shots from last year’s winners suggest it will require an impressive landscape or eye-catching subject, as well as a natural talent for framing the perfect shot. Luckily for 2020 competition hopefuls, the forestry landscape means they only need to concentrate on their framing.

    Winner Photographer: Gerrit Pool – Green pastures, Rooihoogte Plantation.
    Second place Photographer: Phillip Fischer – Elandsvalley view.
    Third place Photographer: Izette Greyling – Fabulous fungi.


We wish all 2020 entrants the best of luck and look forward to another beautiful SAIF calendar, packed full of stunning imagery.

SAIF photographic competition rules:

  • Entry is only for paid-up SAIF members.
  • Photos must be a minimum of 500kB and preferably greater than 1 Mb
  • A maximum of three photos may be submitted per SAIF member, of which only one can be in the top three positions. The other photos may still be selected for the calendar
  • If more than one photo is submitted, each photo must be different (not variations of the same subject).
  • Any forestry-related photo can be entered. The photo must have some evidence of forestry (natural or plantation) in it.
  • The photo must be taken in Southern Africa. Previously entered photos may not be used and photos may not be older than 3 years.
  • During judging, very low pixel resolution photos will not be selected if they cannot be used for the calendar.
  • The SAIF reserves the right to use the photographs in their marketing material and on the SAIF website and other social media platforms.
  • The closing date for the competition is 30 September 2020.
  • Judging is at a national level. Each branch will select a forestry-related person that has good photographic skills. These five people will each select their top 13 photos.
  • Members who have won a prize in the previous year competition can submit their photos but will not be eligible for a prize in the next year.

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