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The fourth edition of the YPEF contest announced!

ypef 15/11/2013

ZdjęcieOn 8th of November took place the meeting of the YPEF International Commission in HNE Eberswalde (University of Sustainable Development), Germany. The fourth edition of the YPEF contest has been announced!  

The following resolution was passed by the YPEF IC members:

“The YPEF International Commission announces the fourth edition of the Young People in European Forests contest. National stages of the contest will be held between 1st of February and 30th of June 2014. The European Stage will take place in Eberswalde,  Germany in the days: 29th September – 3rd October 2014.“

Soon we will publish the new rules of the contest 2013/2014. You can expect some significant changes, especially concerning the Final Stage.

Until beginning of January we will also publish the educational materials for the fourth edition of the contest.

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Recognition for YPEF photo contests!

ypef 07/10/2013

European Forest Institute appreciates the works submitted for the YPEF photo contests. Six photos were selected to help to illustrate the issues of the Pan-European conference "The criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in Europe" which was held on the 8th and 9th of October in Vienna. Co-organizers of the conference were: UNECE /FAOFORESTEUROPE Liaison Unit Madrid, Finnish Research Institute(METL) and the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and  Consumer Protection (BMELV). Photos took by Honorata Gręda, Martyna Jurczak, Michalina Baran, Anna Żyła, Adam Bernacki and Adam Gąsior were changed to postcards to illustrate the most important criteria which were the subject of the conference.

On the cards’ reverses you can find the authors' names, titles of the photos and YPEF logo . Click on each image to see a card. Congratulations to the authors of photographs!

The minicontest "AUTUMN FOREST" announced!

ypef 07/10/2013

The third photocontest in this year has started. The contest will last until 20th of December. Until that date we are awaiting your photos. Please send the photos to: Please also get acquainted with the contest rules on

The points scored in the contest will be summed up with the points scored in other YPEF photo contests organized in 2013: ”Forest in Winter” and “Spring in the Forest”. The total number of points scored in all these contests will allow to select the Forest Photographer of the Year.


 III edition of YPEF international contest 

We know the results of the YPEF III edition!


On 25-26. September 2013 took place in the National Park Peneda-Gerês in Portugal  the European final of  the YPEF III contest. The winners are: Katica Kozma, Lehel Csobaji,  Gergely Ujvári and teacher Dávid Vetlényi from Hungary. Second place went to:  Anastasia  Antoniadou, Chara Georgoglou, Paraskevi Theocharopoulou and teacher Maria Cheimonopoulou from Greece. Third place was taken by: Kasia Franiczek, Kamil Przybyła,  Filip Taratuta and teacher Janusz Pociecha from Poland.


I place - Hungary

On the photo: Lehel Csobaji, João Soveral (Vice President of ICNF – Instituto da Coservacao da Natureza e das Florestas), Katica Kozma,  Gergely Ujvári

II place -  Greece                                                        III place - Poland

         On the photo: Chara Georgoglou,                    On the photo: Filip Taratuta, Aleksandra
       Paraskevi Theocharopoulou, Francisco Carvalho      Piasecka (Polish State Forests), Kamil Przybyła,

     Guerra (President of FORESTIS), Anastasia          Kasia Franiczek, Janusz Pociecha (teacher),
                 Anastasia Antoniadou                            Stanisław Biernacki (Forests Friends Association)



YPEF International Commission meeting in Porto

ypef 12/08/2013

On 27th of June the members of YPEF International Commission met in Porto to discuss the organizational issues concerning the YPEF contest Final which will take place in Portugal in September this year.
The representatives of YPEF IC also had a chance to visit the Peneda Geres National Park. where the final will be held. We are sure that the national winners are going to have a really great time there during the Final.
We also discussed matters concerning the YPEF contest’s 4th edition which is going to take place next year. You can expect very much modified educational materials for the next edition, which we hope will be even more interesting for the participants. More Info »

National stage in Germany

ypef 15/07/2013

In Germany the National stage contest „Young people in European Forests” 2012/13 took place at the end of May /beginning of June 2013. The contest has been organized by the Faculty of Forest and Environment of the University of Sustainable Development Eberswalde.

Three schools from 3 cities took part at the contest with teams of 2 to 3 pupils:

  • Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium, Eberswalde (7 teams)
  • Barnim Gymnasium, Bernau (7 teams)
  • Freies Joachimsthaler Gymnasium, Joachimsthal (3 teams)

Altogether 49 pupils took part at this first contest of YPEF at least. The pupils were at the age of 13 until 17 years. The tests were carried out in the schools by the organizers themselves or students of the Faculty of Forest and Environment. 
The best team is a group of young people at the age of 16 to 17 years from the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium in Eberswalde.

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