Bogs and wetlands offer several unique services in our ecosystem that we do not necessarily think of when wondering around the beautiful wilderness. In addition to being home to various kinds of flora and fauna, bogs serve as the lungs of our climate by “locking up” carbon. The industrial era has left us with vast areas of drained peatlands where the bog’s service as the carbon sink has seized to function and these peatlands have therefore become significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Now many countries are faced with the question of what to do with drained peatlands? Should we exhaust the peat reserves first and then restore the peatlands or should we put all the effort to rewetting the peatlands as soon as possible? What are the social and economic effects of our actions?
The aim of the photo contest is to show the circle of life of our bogs in all their scarred and healed beauty. To show how we can give drained peatlands economic value in order to raise means to restore bogs to its fully natural state for future generations to study the habitats of different birds and plants.
HOW TO ENTER THE COMPETITION?
The photo contest will be held in two categories: professional and hobby photographers. Everyone can upload up to three pictures and give them suitable captions. When uploading your work, please choose the category in which you would like to participate. Pictures can be uploaded from June-August 2019 and the winners will be announced in June 2020. All submitted pictures can be found in the photo contest gallery.