The Council of Forest Industries (COFI), with media partner Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) Magazine and prize sponsor London Drugs, today announced the launch of a photo contest that celebrates the importance of the forest industry in B.C. and the diversity of the people who are part of it.

“Those of us who work in the forest sector understand the innovation, diversity, commitment to sustainability, and sense of community that this industry has to offer,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries. “With this community photo contest, we would like to provide all British Columbians an opportunity to capture the images that reflect the industry of today – the diversity, the innovation, the people and the communities that make it great.”

From September 22 to December 9, 2016, COFI and CFI magazine will accept photo entries that capture the essence of the forest industry in British Columbia through the lenses of the people who live, work and play there.

Photos can be submitted in a variety of thematic areas:

  • Innovation: bring us images that capture the modern forest industry in action – technology and machinery, research and development, and the finished wood products that bring warmth and beauty to our everyday lives.
  • People: show us the diverse face of today’s forest industry – the people who work to make this industry great, whether in the mills, in the bush, in trucks, machinery, consoles and at the lab benches and computers.
  • Community: take us on a tour through your town, your neighbourhood, your coffee shop, your parks and playgrounds, trails and waterways, and show the world the places you call home.
  • Environment: frame the natural world around you – the B.C. forest industry is the most sustainable in the world; show us the beauty of the world in which you live, work and play, and the interconnectedness with the flora, fauna and people who inhabit it.

The grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of CFI magazine, and will receive an Olympus TG-870 all-weather camera courtesy of the prize sponsor London Drugs. Photos from each thematic area will also be selected to have their photos published in CFI magazine. Winners in each category will receive a 12×12 coffee table photo book and a $100 gift card to London Drugs.

“I want to thank Canadian Forest Industries Magazine and London Drugs for their generous support of this contest,” said Yurkovich. “They continue to show their strong support for communities throughout the province of British Columbia.”

For contest rules and to enter, got to:

About the Council of Forest Industries
The Council of Forest Industries is the voice of the BC interior forest industry. COFI members produce lumber, pulp and paper, panels and engineered wood products at more than 60 facilities across the interior. All share a commitment to a future based on employee safety, sustainable forestry and manufacturing practices, and innovative product development.

About CFI Magazine
Canadian Forest Industries is one of Canada’s oldest magazines, and together with its web presence keeps Canada’s forest industry up-to-date on the technology, policies, markets, and people that make the industry a world leader.

About London Drugs
Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 79 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,000 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.