Vanderhoof submits winning forestry photo

A Vanderhoof snapshot depicting forestry innovation is one of 10 B.C. winning photos recognized by the industry this winter.

Winning entry submitted by Cheri Quinlan in Vanderhoof.

A Vanderhoof snapshot depicting forestry innovation is one of 10 B.C. winning photos recognized by the industry this winter.

Cheri Quinlan of Vanderhoof submitted the Innovation category’s winning entry of the Forestry Photo Contest by the Council of Forest Industries; ten winning and runner-up photos will be published in the print edition of January-February edition of CFI Magazine with the overall winning photo featured on the cover.

“I had the pleasure of traveling out to the bush and taking pictures of some wonderful and hard working people,” stated Quinlan of her photo. “My husband once worked for Selkin Logging so it was quite a treat to venture out and see things in action.

“I am pretty familiar with the logging industry as I have been surrounded by it with family and friends. My dad is retired now from the bush as a loader operator, and my husband still continues to work in the bush as a feller buncher operator.

“Selkin Logging is owned and operated by Robert and Gladys Michell, a wonderful and hard working couple.”

The winners were selected out of 151 submissions in four categories innovation, people, community, and environment and their photos can be viewed on http://www.cofi.org/newsroom/photo-contest-2016/

Overall winner: Travis Stewart in Chetwynd, B.C.

Innovation:

· Runner up: Morgan Granger in Cranbrook, B.C.

People:

· Winner: Jay Baker in Smithers, B.C.

· Runner up: Shawn Mandula in Campbell River, B.C.

Community:

· Winner: Jordon Conway in Prince George, B.C.

· Runner up: Tristan Fisher in Prince George, B.C.

Environment:

· Winner Kelly Kitsch in Harrison Mills, B.C.

· Runner up: Lyndsay Esson in Revelstoke, B.C.

· Runner up: Emily Francis in Chetwynd, B.C.

“The photos we received truly captured the story of the forest industry, from innovation, commitment to sustainability, and sense of community,” said Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO of COFI. “This contest was an opportunity to celebrate the importance of the forest sector in B.C., and diversity of the people and the communities who are a part of it.

“Thank you to everyone who shared their perspective through a camera lens.

“These photos bring to life the pride, hard work and commitment of the people who work and are connected to the forest industry in B.C.”