NEW YORK, JANUARY 27, 2014 – As UN delegates shape a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an exhibit celebrating the multi-faceted connections of forests and people is being opened. Co-organized by the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat and the Gabarron Foundation, the exhibition is on view from February 5-28, 2014 at the Carriage House of Arts in New York City. It features 21 evocative images, finalists from the first UN International Forest Photograph Awards. An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.
Forests are at the heart of sustainable development, and the photographs highlight the many faces of forests - from a portrait of a resilient community leader fighting illegal logging in Kenya to scenic vistas in Turkey and Indonesia, and from urban escapes in Ukraine to jaw-dropping indigenous beauty in Colombia.
426 entries from 39 countries competed tow in the first-ever International Forest Photograph Award. Young students vied with professional nature photographers to showcase a personal and extraordinary perspectives of their local forests. An international jury of lauded photographers and industry experts announced the top 21 photographs in recognition of the first International Day of Forests on 21 March 2013.
The 6 winning photographs are Atakan Baykal of Turkey, Eka Fendiaspara of Indonesia, Riccardo Gangale of Italy, Olga Lavrushko of Ukraine, Prasetyo Nurramdhan of Indonesia and Pablo Pro of Spain. The jury further awarded photographers from Laos to Canada with nine Honorable Mentions and six Special Acknowledgments. Attached are the list of 21 photographs and members of the jury.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Gabarron Foundation – Carriage House Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization and an exclusive international center specializing in art exhibitions and other cultural activities. Its main objective is the promotion of culture, making this multicultural space a cultural reference in the City of New York. Since 2002 the Carriage House has aspired to be an excellent platform for the propagation of Hispanic culture in the United States. This organization promotes exchange and understanding between cultures, providing a space for interaction and enhanced appreciation of emerging and established cultural figures from a diverse palette of countries. The Foundation has collaborated with the United Nations on the UNEARTH exhibition which is being traveled internationally until 2015.
The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat – launched, in 2011, the first-ever Forest Heroes Awards and Forest Film Festival in celebration of the International Year of Forests. There sounding success of this advocacy effort was the inspiration for the 2012/2013 UN Forest for People Awards, which now also includes the International Forest Photograph Awards. The main objective of UNFF is to promote "…the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end…”